WPI - Computer Science Department , MS Thesis Presentation Stephen Price "Data-Driven Optimization of Wire Arc Directed Energy Deposition Manufacturing Conditions for Improved Bead Shape Prediction"

Monday, December 4, 2023
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



Stephen Price 

MS in Computer Science

Department of Computer Science


Advisor: Professor Rodica Neamtu 

Co-Advisor: Professor Danielle Cote 

Reader: Professor Joseph Beck 

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Time: at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Sagamore Labs Conference Room (15 Sagamore Rd, Worcester MA) 

Alternate Location: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/2265930939 


 Traditional manufacturing of large parts requires a costly process of developing, certifying, storing, and maintaining physical casts and molds. Wire Arc Directed Energy Deposition (Wire Arc DED), which uses an electric arc to 3D print metal layers, offers a potential improvement to this process by replacing physical molds with digital CAD models. Additionally, Wire Arc DED has a higher deposition rate, increased material utilization, and improved energy efficiency over traditional manufacturing techniques. 

As a new technology, it could benefit from an optimized parameter selection process, enabling quicker and more efficient manufacturing. We propose to use a data-driven machine learning approach to train a model capable of predicting the bead shape (width and height) of a printed layer using Wire Arc DED. Specifically, through a novel design of experiment (DOE) approach, expansive data collection, feature engineering, and extensive evaluation of distinct model architectures, we aim to advance the state-of-the-art performance and generalizability in predicting the bead shape of printed layers using Wire Arc DED.



Computer Science