US AIR FORCE CONTRACTS CHICAGO STARTUP ADDITIVE MONITORING SYSTEMS TO INTEGRATE IN-SITU MONITORING FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Phase3D Media
2 min readMay 16, 2022

Focusing on rapid, full field layer-wise measurement, Additive Monitoring Systems has invented a machine agnostic method to quantify component health

Photograph Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

Chicago, IL — Additive Monitoring Systems, a University of California spinout and embedded in Argonne National laboratory was recently selected by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) to develop and integrate machine vision technology for additive manufacturing (AM) at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex for defense and commercial applications.

This contract will build upon ongoing research and development on ruggedization of design, operational testing, and optimization for scalable rapid manufacturing. Using novel measurement technology, Additive Monitoring Systems will be engaged in ensuring AM component quality to aid the US Air Force in achieving “airworthiness” part specifications for maintenance and logistical operations. The impact is the ability to produce higher quality components in less overall time.

“We have developed a rapid, objective, in-situ health monitoring system that is based on measurement science and with quantified uncertainty. This technology allows expedited project timelines, immediate diagnosis of AM defects, and higher confidence in final part quality,” said Dr. Niall O’Dowd, founder and CEO of Additive Monitoring Systems. “We’re very appreciative for the continued support from our sponsors and the rapid prototyping community to launch AM into realizing real full-production.”

This recent $1.2M contract win by Additive Monitoring Systems follows on the heels of a 2-year contract to de-risk the machine vision technology from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, in addition to several awards from the National Science Foundation.

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