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Machine Learning Accelerates Development of Advanced Manufacturing Techniques

Despite the remarkable technological advances that fill our lives today, the ways we work with the metals that underlie these developments haven’t changed significantly in thousands of years. This is true of everything from the metal rods, tubes, and cubes that provide cars and trucks with their shape, strength, and fuel economy, to wires that move electrical energy in everything from motors to undersea cables.

But things are changing rapidly: The materials manufacturing industry is using new and innovative technologies, processes, and methods to improve existing products and create new ones. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a leader in this space, known as advanced manufacturing.

For example, scientists working in PNNL’s Mathematics for Artificial Reasoning in Science initiative are pioneering approaches in the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning to design and train computer software programs that guide the development of new manufacturing processes.

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