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: Fornasini, Giacomo; Schmidt, Linda C.
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Maryland, United States of America
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 255-266
ISBN: 978-1-904670-67-4
ISSN: 2220-4334


The deposition paths, or roads, used to create FDM parts area a critical factor in determining part performance. In some cases, such as the FDM machines discussed in this work, there are no designer options to control road patterning, making it a hidden constraint in the design process. Even if the option is given, the designer must be aware that it is a variable. In either case, deposition road patterning is not something that can be taken for granted when designing parts. A new level of DfFDM guideline development must be implemented if AM is to reach the level of universality as other traditional machining methods.

Keywords: Design Practice, Design Methods, Process Modelling, Additive Manufacturing

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