The AML Perfect-Field™ Application Development Process
A Powerful Platform for Commercialization that Eliminates the Constraints of Conventional Design
As the first company to provide a complete, end-to-end development process for superconducting and magnet-based applications, AML has changed the game. This unique process drives our intellectual property strategy, our approach to business relationships, and our vision for impacting critical markets and industries. For visionary companies, this creates transformational opportunities in a wide swath of industries, including energy, medicine, transportation and environmental science.
An enabler for never-before-realized capabilities and designed for the commercialization mission, the AML Perfect-Field™ Application Development Process draws from AML’s large portfolio of intellectual property, which includes dozens of current and pending patents that encompass hundreds of discrete technologies and methods.
The “3D Printing” process of advanced magnetics
The AML Perfect-Field™ process, depicted below, dramatically accelerates time to market by exactly converting a specific application’s theoretically “perfect” magnetic field into a fully functioning reality. It eliminates the many design constraints inherent in traditional development methods, and enables superconducting or near-superconducting performance using conductors ranging from conventional copper to advanced nanomaterials. Most important, it does it all rapidly, cost-effectively, and for virtually any kind of application – in many cases offering performance capabilities that were once considered unachievable.
This process is best expressed in six enabling steps:
Step 1. A Theoretically “Perfect” Magnetic Field
With the AML Perfect-FieldTM process, a theoretically “perfect” magnetic field is finally a realistic starting point for new applications. It is defined entirely by the application as the ideal field solution, autonomous of any influence from existing magnet configurations.
Step 2. Perfect-Field enablement through AML CoilCADTM Software
AML’s proprietary CoilCADTM Software is the heart of the process, offering unprecedented end-to-end precision and automation for turning a theoretical perfect field into reality.
Developed and refined over 20 years, it is the world’s most advanced magnet design platform–a 3D computer design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tool that allows rapid design, optimization and precision fabrication converting a theoretical magnetic field into an operational magnet.
Unlike conventional design software and methods, CoilCADTM describes and optimizes the complete 3D conductor path – unconstrained by conventional magnet configurations – in arbitrary winding configurations, determines all performance aspects of the coil, and generates machine code for precision and highly automated manufacturing.
Step 3. Revolutionary Magnet Technologies
Thanks to CoilCADTM, AML has made dramatic new magnetic discoveries and created innovative coil configurations that yield formerly impossible geometries and capabilities—effectively eliminating the constraints of conventional technologies and design methods to enable the perfect field. This is a radical departure from conventional coil configurations, and has redefined the performance standards for magnet field design, including:
- Field shape: Geometry and aspect ratios now conform precisely to Perfect-Field™ specifications – even accommodating flared, twisted, curved, infinitely long, or minimum aspect ratio configurations
- Field size: Ease of scaling and optimized power density to large applications (such as wind turbines) or very small, focused applications (such as tiny medical devices)
- Field purity: also called harmonic uniformity—made possible because a reliable and stable “perfect field” can be achieved by overcoming the limitations of conventional magnetic technologies
- Field efficiency: Operational performance can be optimized to the needs of the application
Step 4. Unique Application of Advanced Materials
AML’s unique magnet and manufacturing technologies enable the practical application of such advanced materials as superconductors and nanomaterials. This eliminates the need for scarce rare earth materials and paves the way for exciting new standards of performance. These technologies also revolutionize the use of conventional magnetic materials such as copper–by endowing them with dramatically improved magnetic capabilities. Now “next-generation” resistive magnets can deliver near-superconducting performance with current densities 20 times greater than that of conventional magnets. As a result, many advanced applications can be developed and deployed without the requirement of more costly cryogenic cooling systems.
Step 5. Innovative Manufacturing
The unique capabilities of AML’s CoilCADTM software eliminate the need of magnet tooling and accelerate time to market. The entire design process is freed from the constraints of conventional magnet manufacturing practices. The optimized design in CoilCADTM is fully integrated in the manufacturing process through a Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) module which drives precision CNC machines–resulting in consistent, reliable and lower-cost end products.
This breakthrough manufacturing process enables direct fabrication (like 3D printing) of the magnet. It can generate conductors in-situ to allow additional freedom to vary the conductor width and thickness throughout the winding. Based on these advanced manufacturing technologies, coils with unprecedented performance are not only possible, but remarkably cost-effective.
Step 6. Completed Products or Licenses
AML’s business model empowers visionary companies to bring new ideas to life. Through the AML Rapid-TrackTM Relationship and Licensing Model, we enable them to transform their industries and markets with products that are fully optimized for size, weight, efficiency, capabilities, environmental impact and cost.
If it can be imagined, AML can create it
Offering the power of unconstrained design flexibility, AML’s Perfect-Field™ process dramatically redefines what is possible in the design of superconducting and advanced magnet-based solutions. It creates an exciting new path for ambitious innovation in markets as diverse as industrial power generation, water reclamation and cancer treatment.
If you can envision an advanced new application, we can help you make it a reality. Submit your application overview, now!