A generalizable artificial intelligence tool for identification and correction of self-supporting structures in additive manufacturing processes

High mix, low volume processes such as additive manufacturing (AM) offer tremendous promise for increasing the customization in manufacturing but are hindered by the lack of efficient methods for identifying process parameters for complex new geometries exhibiting the desired performance. The search over the process space can be automated with analysis tools that can be applied in a time and resource efficient manner such that ambitious print designs are not dissuaded by the cost of process parameter discovery. In this work, we propose an image analysis tool that can classify spanning prints as one of five process-relevant archetypes, invariant of the span dimensions.

Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA

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