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Posted on October 29, 2018 by staff

Manufacturing software firm Valuechain gets £960k

Valuechain has received £960,000 in funding from Innovate UK to develop artificial intelligence into its additive manufacturing production control software.

Launched in July 2017, DNAam was developed with Airbus UK to standardise aerospace additive manufacturing production processes and enable scalability in the aerospace sector.

This project looks to further develop the platform to deploy AI to optimise AM processes by analysing multiple data sources.

Valuechain CEO Tom Dawes said: “Through our collaboration with Airbus UK we have developed DNAam into the global market leading production control solution for aerospace AM.

“With this project, we are looking to be able to model big data captured from multiple sources such as ERP systems; AM plant, equipment and sensors; and material analysis software; to understand correlations between powder properties, plant / sensor parameters, part complexity and production builds and generate AM optimisation insights.”

Valuechain will build on its long-standing partnership with additive manufacturing company FDM Digital Solutions to open an Innovation Centre in its Lancashire facility.

Graeme Bond, CEO at FDM Digital, added: “Valuechain’s DNAam technology has enabled us to streamline complex aerospace traceability and provide business intelligence that will accelerate FDM’s growth in the global AM industry.”