Inkbit’s multi-material jetting additive manufacturing platform, which uses machine vision and AI to correct systematic errors and compensate for material shrinkage and distortion, has come further into focus following funding from Stratasys, DSM, Ocado and 3M among others.
Proceeds of the $12M funding round will be used to industrialise Inkbit’s additive manufacturing system to fit the requirements of multi-material and volume manufacturing, as well as expanding the set of materials for medical, life sciences and robotics applications.
2D material jetting is currently used across a range of industrial processes, such as ceramic and textile manufacturing. While its 3D counterpart is well proven in prototyping applications, limited material choice has restricted its use in production.
Inkbit says that its contactless material jetting process eliminates ‘the need for planarization and enables printing of multi-material parts with production-grade materials’.
“We are excited to partner with such an extraordinary team of industry-leading players and impressed by their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to innovation,” said Davide Marini, Inkbit cofounder and CEO, adding that the company plans to release the first systems in 2021 to select customers.