Senvol to lead US Army programme focused on consistency of Additive Manufacturing

May 18, 2023

May 18, 2023

Senvol, New York City, USA, has announced it has received funding from the US Army to lead a programme focused on demonstrating that consistent part performance can be achieved on different Additive Manufacturing machines located at different sites.

The programme, titled ‘Applying Machine Learning to Ensure Consistency and Verification of Additive Manufacturing (AM) Machine and Part Performance Across Multiple Sites,’ commenced in March 2023 and will run through March 2025.

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The goal of the project is to accommodate the reduction of cost and lead time of Army ground vehicle systems, while increasing their performance. Senvol will reportedly utilise its AM machine learning software, Senvol ML, to reduce the cost of material and process development and to enable the Army to produce AM parts of consistent performance – even when using different AM machines at different sites, and potentially using different process parameter sets.

Aaron LaLonde, PhD, Technical Specialist – Additive Manufacturing at the US Army stated, “For Additive Manufacturing to be successfully implemented into the Army’s supply chain, it is essential to be able to produce parts of consistent performance even if different machines are used at different locations. Today, that is much easier said than done. During this program, we are pleased to work with Senvol to demonstrate the use of its machine learning technology to aid in achieving what everyone in the additive manufacturing industry strives for – a truly flexible supply chain.”

The approach demonstrated in the programme will reportedly be applicable to any AM process, material, or machine. Senvol will also develop and validate an approach that can be used to continue to verify AM machine and part performance when there are changes to the process, for example, when a new powder supplier is used. Senvol ML will also be used to quantify complex and interdependent PSPP relationships.

Senvol President, Zach Simkin, commented, “Consistency – or a lack thereof – is a problem that nearly everyone in the Additive Manufacturing industry can relate to. The Army, and DoD in general, has been at the forefront of tackling pressing issues in our industry, and we are pleased to work with them again to demonstrate the use of our machine learning software as a mechanism to ensure consistent part performance across different sites and machines.”

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