Mar 16, 2018 | By Benedict

Senvol, a 3D printing data specialist based in New York City, is developing data-driven machine learning additive manufacturing (AM) software for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The software will help the Navy cut out the process of trial and error during material development.

New York’s Senvol creates additive manufacturing software that analyzes the relationships between AM process parameters and material performance.

With this software to hand, ONR will be able to develop what Senvol describes as “statistically substantiated material properties” in order to reduce the conventional material characterization and testing that is needed to develop design allowables (the statistically determined material property values ascertained from test data).

“Our software’s capabilities will allow ONR to select the appropriate process parameters on a particular additive manufacturing machine given a target mechanical performance,” commented Senvol President Annie Wang. “This presents a unique opportunity to reduce the high level of trial and error that is currently required, which would save a tremendous amount of time and money.”

Senvol’s software for the U.S. Navy consists of a modularized ICME (integrated computational materials engineering) probabilistic framework for AM data. In this framework, AM data is categorized into four modules: Process parameters, process signatures, material properties, and mechanical performance.

The Senvol 3D printing software being developed for the Navy is powered by an algorithm that quantifies the relationships between the four modules, and which is material, machine, and process agnostic.

“In addition to our machine learning capabilities, we have also developed a computer vision algorithm that analyzes, in real-time, in-situ monitoring data,” Wang added. “This enables us to detect irregularities in real-time and begin to quantify the relationships between irregularities in the build and the resulting mechanical performance.”

Perhaps most excitingly, the military-standard software will also be available to regular businesses. Senvol says the software under development will be made commercially available to any company looking to qualify 3D printed parts.

The new 3D printing software is being funded through Navy Phase II STTR N16A-002.

The U.S. Navy is no stranger to 3D printing, of course. Over the last few years, we’ve seen how the service branch has attempted to shore up its 3D printer security using blockchain technology, also 3D printing aircraft components and even getting to grips with metal additive manufacturing processes.

The new data-driven additive manufacturing software from Senvol might be just what ONR needs to streamline its 3D printing research.



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