MIT startup Inkbit pairs multi-material inkjet 3D printer with machine vision, machine learning systems.
Inkbit’s 3D printer's vision system comprehensively scans each layer of the object as it’s being printed to correct errors in real-time, while the machine-learning system uses that information to predict the warping behavior of materials and make more accurate final products. An early-stage company with one operational production-grade printer. It will begin selling products later this year, starting with a pilot with Johnson and Johnson, before selling its printers next year. Inkbit is hoping to leverage current interest from companies that sell medical devices and other products, producers of everything from dental aligners to industrial tooling and sleep apnea masks.