Inkbit, a Massachusetts-based spinout from MIT, has officially launched Inkbit Vista, a highly automated polymer additive manufacturing solution. The system, based on inkjet deposition technology, features closed-loop feedback control, multi-material capabilities and is powered by 3D machine vision and AI.
Since it was founded in 2017, Inkbit has made significant progression, not only with its technology but also with its market position. The young company, born out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has backing from an array of high-profile investors in the AM space, including Stratasys and DSM Venturing, as well as automation specialists Ocado and IMA, multinational 3M and materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain. Many of these investors are reportedly interested in using Inkbit’s technology to advance their own production workflows. To date, Inkbit has raised $15 million in equity investments, and has receiving funding from DARPA and NSF.
Today, the company is launching its highly automated AM system, Inkbit Vista, which features the company’s proprietary Vision-Controlled Jetting technology (VCJ). This technology, powered by machine vision, enables real-time, in-process voxel-level control, which in turn allows for superior reliability and scalability. Originally developed at MIT, VCJ technology is protected by an IP portfolio and is exclusively licensed to Inkbit.
“We are thrilled to launch Inkbit’s additive manufacturing system and offer a unique, rapidly deployable 3D printing solution to companies looking to adopt digital manufacturing,” said Davide Marini, Co-Founder and CEO of Inkbit. “Today, engineers are often using 3D printing technology to make prototypes, but limitations in materials and high costs make end-use product production difficult. At Inkbit, we’re on a mission to disrupt that notion and create a technology that provides fast printing capabilities with unmatched design freedom and reliability for even the most demanding applications and environments.”
Designed to bridge prototyping and end-use part production, Inkbit Vista achieves consistent results thanks to three key factors. First, the technology’s proprietary vision system enables it to capture voxel-by-voxel 3D scan data of the print process and to subsequently modify and optimize each layer in real-time. Second, VCJ offers a simplified workflow, with integrated non-hazardous post-processing. Inkbit Vista can also be easily integrated into existing workflows, giving manufacturers the tools to scale production and lower cost-per-part.
The third element that is critical to transitioning to end-use production is Inkbit Vista’s compatibility with production-grade materials. Unlike many other resin-based systems on the market, Inkbit does not require the use of certain materials—like acrylates and methacrylates—which can cause parts to be brittle or to weaken over time. Printed parts are therefore more viable for end-use applications.
Inkbit’s multi-material 3D printing platform is now available for pre-order.