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Multisensor Insitu Data with Machine Learning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: N222-117-0280
Amount: $239,716.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N222-117
Solicitation Number: 22.2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-18
Small Business Information
9689 Towne Centre Dr
San Diego, CA 92121-1111
United States
DUNS: 090122057
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Dunne
 (562) 299-2474
Business Contact
 andrea Cuneo
Phone: (858) 875-6988
Research Institution

The Multisensor Insitu Data with Machine Learning (MIDML) program will develop a convolutional neural network (CNN) to leverage data generated from multiple AM inprocess sensors. This can provide more accurate and reliable assessments and predictions of final part quality during layer-by-layer fabrication, in real time. The CNN will be developed for maximum prediction accuracy from multiple sensor inputs using CT scans of the finished part to provide “ground truth” of final melt quality. Employing insitu data, corrective action can be taken much earlier in the manufacturing cycle to improve part quality, process yield and cost effectiveness of AM for critical applications. The MIDML program will initially leverage LPBF data already developed under six prior AM inprocess inspection contracts performed by Quartus and its partners for DoD and NASA. This includes inprocess and final part microCT data that has been volumetrically registered. This approach permits starting CNN development immediately on Day 1. Then, during the remainder of the Phase I BASE program, we will fabricate new test specimens while capturing three inprocess sensing modalities simultaneously: thermal tomography, laser profilometry, and melt pool monitoring. Coupons will be microCT scanned and the data used to refine and then test the effectiveness of our CNN.

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