£2.2m seed round for machine tool AI

Productive Machines, an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), has raised £2.2m in seed funding to make its advanced machine tool process optimisation technology available to a far wider range of manufacturers worldwide.UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) led the round with participation from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, ACT Venture Partners and Fuel Ventures, alongside grant funding from Innovate UK.

Productive Machines has developed a powerful computational model to predict and mitigate the influence of harmful vibrations at every stage in metal and composite milling. It uses a digital twin to determine the best parameters for each machine tool and production run.Machines configured by Productive Machines can produce parts in half the time it took originally and deliver improvements in surface quality and tool life. The technology is already in place at 10 major manufacturers, including Renault and MASA Aerospace.
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