Additive manufacturing (AM), also called 3D printing,
enables the manufacture of nearly any geometry without
the constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing
techniques. As this technology advances and the costs of
3D printed parts continue to fall, AM will become a more
prevalent and viable engineering and business solution.
In order to take full advantage of this technology, new
approaches to design need to be implemented in order to
facilitate innovative and cost-effective solutions. The
following describes some of the factors that need to be
taken into consideration when designing metal parts to be
created by the selective laser melting (SLM) method.
Redesigns performed for two real industrial cases are
included to demonstrate one approach to design, as well
as some of the benefits gained.
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- additive manufacturing
- selective laser melting
- design for AM
- topology optimization
- 3D printing