UCSB Team Advances Digital Manufacturing

A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by Professor Frank Zok has successfully modeled correlations in digital manufacturing processing (DM) that may lead to advances in manufacturing and cut costs for the Department of Defense.

They won a DARPA challenge to develop models that predicted the maximum compressive load that could be supported by digitally manufactured titanium spheres and polymer cubes.

DARPA has established a significant repository of open-source data for digital manufacturing. This collection of open-source data, if expanded, has the potential for accelerating the understanding of digital manufacturing processes with regard to their output products and may enable processes leading to the certification and approval of DM components for use in military systems

The UCSB Team won the challenge using finite element models for both structures and will be awarded the $50,000 Prize for the DMACE Challenge.

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