How Putting A.I. Brains Into 3D Printers Will Change The Game For The Navy

- Oct 08, 2018-

The project is a collaborative effort between Lockheed Martin, Oak Ridge National Labs, Carnegie Mellon University, and four other partners. The team is starting with Ti-6AI-4V, a common titanium alloy used in aerospace.

You Can Build It Anywhere

ONR has a plan, though. By outfitting the 3D-printing robot arms with commercial sensors, The lab hopes to create a database that links the 3D printing process and conditions to the final microstructure.The data will create prediction models that enable 3D printers to create cast-consistent parts anywhere.“We have to build quality into the part,” Griffith says.

This is where A.I. comes into play.Machine learning algorithms allow these 3D printers to adjust themselves to match the quality of the material the military is looking for.It is made of wire: simply provides the shape of the metal and the desired performance characteristics,and the 3D printer will take it from there. In other words, the printers will train themselves to make decisions on how to build things.

A fleet of future Navy ships or spacecraft could learn from each other’s experience by feeding the data from each robot back to a central brain. 

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