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Aether and Procter & Gamble Sign Agreement to develop Cutting-edge 3D Printing and AI Technologies

3D Bioprinter
3D Bioprinter
Above: Aether CEO Ryan Franks and Director of Engineering Marissa Buell with Aether 1 multi-tool 3D Bioprinter/Image Credit: Aether

Aether, the pioneer of AI enhanced 3D printing and bioprinting, today announced the commencement of a two-year joint development agreement with Procter & Gamble “P&G” for the development of cutting edge 3D printing and AI technologies.  

The joint development agreement will majorly focus on consumer goods research technologies.

Speaking about Aether, CEO and Founder Ryan Franks said, “Aether is working with P&G to completely redefine 3D printing.  It’s no longer going to be just about depositing material or two in a specific pattern. We’re building something more like an intelligent robotic craftsman, able to perform highly complex tasks with many different tools, visually evaluate and correct its work throughout the fabrication process, and constantly learn how to improve.”

Aether 1 Multi-tool and Multi-material 3D Printer

3D Bioprinter
Above: Aether 1, the Multi-material 3D Printer/Image Credit: Aether

Aether 1, the world’s most advanced multi-tool and a multi-material 3D printer, will be used as a technology creation platform to develop an array of hardware and software capabilities designed to automate and improve product research applications for P&G, as well as to develop a revolutionary next-generation Aether 3D printer. A total of up to 24 simultaneous tools enable users to combine more tools, materials, and fabrication methods than any 3D printer in the world, while computer vision automates difficult and time-consuming tasks.

3D Printing Technology

The joint development will include creating an interconnected network of computer vision and AI algorithms to significantly increase multi-tool and multi-material 3D printing automation, as well as build a dramatically expanded suite of features designed to expand the possibilities for the field of 3D printing.

An array of high-performance cameras will be paired with custom designed hardware to enable new robotics capabilities never-before-seen on a 3D printer.

These include real-time in-situ print monitoring with the dynamic intelligent response for parameter adjustment and error correction, automatic performance of post-processing treatments, object recognition and manipulation, automation of multi-tool hybrid manufacturing processes, and a ground-breaking user interface which will enable users to interact with a 3D printer in entirely new ways.

Foundational Technology

The development of advanced automation for multi-material 3D printing and hybrid manufacturing may have wide-reaching impact across many fields.

Aether’s goal is to combine AI with robotics to make it quick and easy to print complex structures using a wide variety of materials, tools, and fabrication methods, which would be a major step forward towards 3D printing reaching its potential.

Researchers will be able to prototype and test their ideas more rapidly and effectively.  Scientists will gain a new tool they can use to make major breakthroughs with a faster and more efficient modelling platform.

Machine Learning Image Processing

Aether is developing additional software to automate image processing for P&G with the goal of providing a substantial increase in speed over manual processing methods.

Deep learning techniques will be used to train multiple neural networks such as convolutional neural networks, deep residual networks, generative query networks or other generative neural networks to achieve high-accuracy automatic 2D to 3D file conversion for P&G researchers.

About Aether: Aether is a San Francisco-based 3D printing and AI startup. They are the manufacturers of Aether 1, an all-in-one 3D printer designed for 3D bioprinting and hybrid manufacturing.


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