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Customers and Beneficiaries

  • Simulation software companies.  Advantages include:
    • Code validation against high fidelity data sets (“class 1” benchmark tests) – allows product improvement
    • Excellent selling points when codes correctly predict measurements
    • Improved contact with potential users
  • Companies that manufacture products using AM
    • Improved, validated simulation tools enable better products at reduced time and cost
    • Excellent selling points if builds succeed in “class 2” benchmark tests
    • Potential improvements in part qualification, leading to increased product demand
  • Companies that manufacture AM machines and characterization tools
    • Excellent selling points if builds succeed in “class 2” benchmark tests
    • Potential improvements in part qualification leading to increased demand
  • End users of AM products (NASA, army, navy, air force, industry, etc.)
    • Improved confidence in AM products
    • Potential improvements in part qualification
    • Improved understanding of how to specify AM products for acquisition
  • National laboratories / Academia
    • Validation of HPC (and other) simulation tools
    • Comparability of results based on standard testing methods, set-up and materials
    • Relevance of world class measurement capabilities to an advanced manufacturing paradigm that is a national priority 
Created July 27, 2017, Updated November 15, 2019