Design for Additive Manufacturing


Design for AM includes new design models, methods, processes and tools focused on the link between designing and manufacturing Additively Manufactured (AM) parts, and understanding and characterising AM processes and materials such that they can be better and more fully exploited in design. Designers can now mix and place materials where needed, print or integrate electronics and other components to achieve highly integrated functions. But approaches to better represent, analyse and optimise designs for AM, taking the characteristics and constraints of the processes into consideration are necessary. Further, design needs must be identified to drive the development of innovative and advanced applications and potentially new AM processes. The “Design for Additive Manufacturing” (DfAM) SIG provides a multidisciplinary forum to discuss international efforts on these topics and train future designers and researchers to take advantage of the new design opportunities that AM technologies provide.


We bring interested researchers, practitioners and educators together internationally to share experience, develop design guidelines and open the design space available to practitioners by:
• Exploring and promoting clearly defined DfAM strategies. It is fundamental to foster an in-depth and shared understanding of issues of: representation, mechanical properties and their variability and the tie with analysis and optimisation; design requirements taking into account AM processes, materials, technological constraints; reliability issues of AM processes and artefacts.
• Driving the identification of research needs to support DfAM. The potential to create highly heterogeneous and multifunctional objects and the ability to incorporate sensors, actuators and information carriers into parts are aspects that are not supported by current CAD representation schemes. Are the artefacts produced using AM designed, analysed and optimised using the same methods as the ones developed for traditional manufacturing? How should the analyses be performed to capture, understand, and control the behaviour of AM parts? AM also enables users to fabricate their designs. What new methods and interfaces do we need to support mass customisation? AM both introduces many opportunities and raises many questions.
• Encouraging the sharing of knowledge, competencies and infrastructures. The building of a solid, valuable and multidisciplinary knowledge base on DfAM is mandatory to fully exploiting the potentials of AM technologies. This knowledge base can be built promoting the exchange of students/researchers interested in AM processes and technologies and joint collaborations among SIG members research groups.


• Yuri Borgianni, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
• Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin, USA
• Georges Fadel, Clemson University, USA
• Serena Graziosi (SIG Leader), Politecnico di Milano, Italy
• Eckhard Kirchner, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
• Kristina Shea, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
• Peter Törlind, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

• Ian Ashcroft, University of Nottingham, UK
• Alain Bernard, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France
• Ian Campbell, Loughborough University, UK
• Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin, USA
• Georges Fadel, Clemson University, USA
• Ian Gibson, Deakin University, Australia
• Richard Hague, University of Nottingham, UK
• David Rosen, Georgia Tech, USA
• Kristina Shea, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
• Christopher Williams, Virginia Tech, USA

The DfAM SIG Steering Committee wishes to thank the following SIG members and collaborators for their contribution into the SIG activities:
• Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (SIG scientific advisor)
• Alexandra Blösch-Paidosh, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (SIG DESIGN18 workshop facilitator)
• Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin, USA (keynote speaker at the ICED15 conference to launch the DfAM SIG and organiser of the Design for AM – SIG workshop at the 2018 SFF symposium)
• Giulia Wally Scurati, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (SIG Graphics)

Type of events


Design for Additive Manufacturing Workshop, September 26th, 2018, Institut of Product Development, Hanover Germany.
• DfAM sessions at the ASME 2018 IDETC/CIE conference, August 26-29 2018, Quebec, Canada.
• Design for AM – SIG workshop at the 29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, August 12, 2018, University of Texas at Austin, USA
• New research topics in design for additive manufacturing – SIG workshop at the 15th International Design Conference (DESIGN18), May 21 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia
• Strategies for effectively teaching Design for Additive Manufacturing (AM) and infusing AM into the design classroom - SIG workshop at the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2017), August 21 2017, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
• DfAM session at the ASME 2016 IDETC/CIE conference, August 21-24 2016, Charlotte, NC, USA
• Design for AM – SIG workshop at the 14th International Design Conference (DESIGN16), May 16 2016, Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia
• Launch of the DfAM SIG at the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2015), July 27 2015, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

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