21-month effort will fully integrate company’s award-winning DigitalClone modeling solutions with PANDA AM machines from the Open Additive group of Arctos Technology Solutions

Buffalo, NY – September 13, 2023 – Sentient Science announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1.25M focused on In-Situ Defect Detection and Correction for Additive Manufacturing to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on 13 September 2023, Sentient Science will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

Sentient Science is excited for this opportunity to integrate our award-winning modeling technologies with the world-class AM machines from Open Additive,” says Jason Rios, Sr Vice President of Sentient Science.  “The combined solution will bring much-needed capability to the warfighter and accelerate the meaningful application of additive manufacturing in support of the US Air Force.

About Sentient Science

Sentient Science is a US-based small business that specializes in advanced digital engineering applications that leverage the company’s patented DigitalClone® fatigue life modeling and simulation technology.  The company is a 2014 Tibbett’s Award winner for best-in-class technology development in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and DigitalClone solutions have been successfully commercialized in industries such as aerospace, wind energy, rail, and automotive.  The company provides key enabling technologies that support digitalization initiatives for both military and commercial applications.

For more information, please visit sentientscience.com or email contact@sentientscience.com

DigitalClone is a registered trademark of Sentient Science.

About Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit www.afresearchlab.com.


The innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory brings cutting edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. Employs approximately 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4B budget. Since 2019, has executed 4,671 contracts worth more than $2B to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit www.afwerx.com.