Desktop Metal Releases Tolerance Analysis Software

Live Inspect is a solution to fine-tune accuracy by analyzing 3D scans of printed parts to provide tolerance analysis and correct for deviations.

Live Inspect is a solution to fine-tune accuracy by analyzing 3D scans of printed parts to provide tolerance analysis and correct for deviations.

Part of Desktop Metal’s Live Suite package of software programs that seamlessly manage 3D printers, accessories, and processes, Live Inspect can correct for any type of repeatable AM defect across 3D printing platforms. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

Desktop Metal is launching Live Inspect for analyzing and correcting errors in 3D printed parts.

Part of Desktop Metal’s Live Suite software portfolio, Live Inspect allows manufacturers to dial in accuracy and 3D print parts that hit higher tolerances. The software analyzes features on a 3D scan—such as holes, slots and planar surfaces—and provides tolerance analysis according to standard geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) norms and practices. Live Inspect then automatically applies feature-level scan adjustments that correct for deviations identified by the tolerance-based scan analysis.

Live Inspect both analyzes and corrects for 3D printing variations.

“Our team developed Live Inspect with the goal of delivering 3D printed results as true to CAD designs as possible,” says Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal co-founder and CEO. “This solution can affect how compensation is applied to 3D scans through user-identified datums that allows them to fine-tune prints and hit higher tolerances in production.”

For users of Team DM binder jetting platforms, Live Inspect enhances the capabilities of Live Sinter, Desktop Metal’s sintering simulation and compensation software.

Live Inspect can also aid in the manufacturing of polymer parts that experience warping due to curing and thermal effects or sandcasting cores swelling due to microwave curing. The software will be available as an added feature bundled with Live Sinter for metal binder jetting operators as well as a stand-alone option for users of other platforms and additive technologies.

Live Inspect will be introduced as part of Desktop Metal’s display at Rapid + TCT in Los Angeles June 25-27, North America’s largest additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing event. Desktop Metal is located in Booth No. 2139 on the main promenade and will showcase a wide range of its AM 2.0 technologies for metal, polymers, and ceramics.

For more information on the Desktop Metal Live Inspect software visit

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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