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Dyndrite Receives America Makes Award to Improve LPBF Operational Qualification through Software Automation

Monday, May 6, 2024
  • Project Principal Dyndrite and participants are Siemens Energy, ASTM International, and the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Efforts to bring documented improvements to metal 3D printing operational qualification
  • Award part of the “Methods for Demonstrating Operational Qualifications” award and totals $1.3M

SEATTLE, WA, May 7, 2024— Today Dyndrite™, providers of the GPU-accelerated computation engine used to create next-generation digital manufacturing hardware and software, announced the selection by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) for the project: Improving LPBF Operational Qualification (OQ) through Software Automation, a $1.3M project under the “Methods for Demonstrating Operational Qualifications” award. 

Currently, qualification processes in metal additive manufacturing are complex, manual, and error-prone, leading to long delivery times, exorbitant costs, and variable outcomes. Additionally, OQ ties up AM machines, for extended periods, reducing available machine time that could otherwise be producing parts. Manual OQ methods require substantial direct engineer and operator involvement, causing unwanted "human in the loop" variation. OQ generally requires several builds to ratify basic materials property performance and develop optimal parameters for a specific geometry before freezing the process. Typical OQ results in locking the production process to a particular part revision, a given vendor's machine, model type, and often a specific serial number. A simple part change, machine upgrade, or productivity improvement, such as increasing layer thickness or print speed, all require a lengthy OQ to be rerun. Likewise, moving to a more productive multi-laser machine introduces new process variables like part stitching that requires extensive qualification. 

The awarded project, which includes Siemens Energy and ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE), will demonstrate and provide commercial solutions for streamlined and automated methods of OQ for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF). The collective output will be a data-validated software toolkit to enable Siemens Energy to automate its build creation process and reporting with machine variability understood and neutralized via parameterization across LPBF platforms. As the current process will be measured and quantified, the automated system can be compared directly. It is expected that the build preparation time, and therefore cost, will reduce by 50%.

"We are excited to be working with an established experienced user of additive manufacturing within regulated industries,” said Steve Walton, Head of Product, Dyndrite. “Siemens Energy has already demonstrated the use of AM for critical applications, appreciates the costs and challenges associated with OQ, and also understands how Dyndrite and ASTM can contribute to reducing costs and increasing material performance. Together we are building tools that will lead to further applications innovation within Siemens Energy for the benefit of the AM industry.”Ramesh Subramanian, Principal Expert at Siemens Energy, added, “We are honored to be part of this project and to collaborate with esteemed partners like Dyndrite and ASTM. Our joint efforts are poised to spearhead innovations that streamline operational qualifications, which are crucial for advancing additive manufacturing into regulated applications.”

“This project represents not just a step forward but a significant leap for the entire industry, promising enhanced efficiency and improved quality across the board,” said Richard Huff, Director of Industry Consortia and Partnerships at ASTM International. “Our involvement underscores the team's commitment to supporting standardization efforts that enhance operational qualifications and maintaining compliance in additive manufacturing.”

About Dyndrite

Dyndrite’s mission is to fundamentally change how geometry is created, transformed and transmitted on a computer. Our Accelerated Computation Engine (ACE) is the world’s first (geometry agnostic), multi-threaded, GPU-accelerated Geometry Engine. We create and license tools that give companies the power, freedom and control necessary to deliver on the potential of digital manufacturing. Dyndrite LPBF Pro is the company’s flagship application, a powerful software solution designed to enhance the capabilities of Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) for metal 3D printing. It provides users with previously unattainable part printing capabilities, accelerated build rates, and unprecedented productivity. The software aims to improve precision, traceability, and repeatability, streamlining processes and pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing. 

Investors include Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused Investment Fund and former Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. Dyndrite was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer for 2021. For more information visit: 

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About America Makes

America Makes is the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education. America Makes members from industry, academia, government, workforce, and economic development organizations, work together to accelerate the adoption of AM and the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in 2012 as the Department of Defense’s national manufacturing innovation institute for AM and the first of the Manufacturing USA network, America Makes is based in Youngstown, Ohio, and managed by the not-for-profit National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Visit to learn more. 


The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in commercial and defense manufacturing areas to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, players, technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages America Makes, AMARII, AMIIC, and El Paso Makes, and is a subsidiary of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG). For additional information, visit

About Siemens Energy

Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading energy technology companies. The company works with its customers and partners on energy systems for the future, thus supporting the transition to a more sustainable world. With its portfolio of products, solutions and services, Siemens Energy covers almost the entire energy value chain – from power and heat generation and transmission to storage. The portfolio includes conventional and renewable energy technology, such as gas and steam turbines, hybrid power plants operated with hydrogen, and power generators and transformers. Its wind power subsidiary Siemens Gamesa makes Siemens Energy a global market leader for renewable energies. An estimated one-sixth of the electricity generated worldwide is based on technologies from Siemens Energy. Siemens Energy employs around 97,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries and generated revenue of €31 billion in fiscal year 2023.

About AM CoE

Formed in 2018, the AM CoE is a collaborative partnership among ASTM International and organizations from industry, government, and academia, that conduct strategic R&D to advance standards across all aspects of AM technologies. The center aims to accelerate the development and adoption of robust, game-changing technologies by supporting standardization, developing training and certification programs, and providing market intelligence, business strategy, and advisory services via Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International. Dyndrite is a trademark of Dyndrite Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are hereby recognized and acknowledged.