Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies and associated processes, enable successive accretion of material to a domain, and permit manufacturing of highly complex objects which would otherwise be unrealizable. However, the material micro- and meso-structures generated by AM processes can differ remarkably from those arising from conventional manufacturing (CM) methods. Often, a consequence of this fact is the sub-standard functional performance of the produced parts that can limit the use of AM in some applications. In the present work, we propose a rapid functional qualification methodology for AM-produced parts based on a concept defined as differential Performance Signature Qualification (dPSQ). The concept of Performance Signature (PerSig) is introduced both as a vector of featured quantities of interest (QoIs), and a graphical representation in the form of radar or spider graph, representing the QoIs associated with the performance of relevant parts. The PerSigs are defined for both the prequalified CM parts and the AM-produced ones. Comparison measures are defined and enable the construction of differential PerSigs (dPerSig) in a manner that captures the differential performance of the AM part vs. the prequalified CM one. The dPerSigs enable AM part qualification based on how their PerSigs are different from those of prequalified CM parts. After defining the steps of the proposed methodology, we describe its application on a part of an aircraft landing gear assembly and demonstrate its feasibility.

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