This project was funded through an ARM Institute Project Call that sought to respond to pervasive areas of need in U.S. manufacturing and, specifically, address key Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing-focused Modernization Priorities. This and the other selected projects address issues found by the DoD and commercial community to be the most urgent and important that the ARM Institute’s ecosystem of 330+ member organizations can help solve.
Objective & Technical Approach
The project team will address the challenge of low volume, high mix production of complex metallic components. Metallic components are commonplace in the commercial automotive sector, high-end auto sports, heavy-duty factory machinery, power plants, and in air, land, and sea-based military equipment. When replacement components are needed, particularly for aging systems, quality, cost, and lead-time are often unable to be balanced for an acceptable solution. The team will design and deploy an artificial intelligent (AI) robotic system capable of flexibly producing a myriad of component geometries in a timely and cost-effective manner.