DS 80-4 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 4: Design for X, Design to X, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Serena Graziosi
Author: Leutenecker, Bastian; Klahn, Christoph; Meboldt, Mirko
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: ETH Zuerich, Switzerland; 2: Inspire AG, Switzerland
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 225-234
ISBN: 978-1-904670-67-4
ISSN: 2220-4334


Additive manufacturing (AM), a layer based material addition technology to create three-dimensional objects directly from a 3D CAD model with little restrictions regarding the shape of the object. Today AM is already a proven technology for direct part production. The challenge is to identify suitable components of a product that will benefit from AM s capabilities. To support the identification of parts this paper presents indicators to parts where a re-design for additive manufacturing will create the most added value. Furthermore the benefits of additive manufacturing are subdivided into process advantages and design advantages. This distinction is fundamental, because it represents a great impact on the development process itself and the design strategy. The advantages, indicators and design strategies are explained and illustrated on two cases.

Keywords: Design Process, Design Practice, Additive Manufacturing, Product Value, Functional Modelling


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