Conception of a design catalogue for the development of functionalities with additive manufacturing

Year: 2016
Editor: Boks, Casper; Sigurjonsson, Johannes; Steinert, Martin; Vis, Carlijn; Wulvik, Andreas
Author: Weiss, Florian; Binz, Hansgeorg; Roth, Daniel
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Section: Additive Manufacturing
Page(s): 002-011
ISBN: 978-1-904670-80-3


A key factor for exploiting the potential of additive manufacturing technologies is the full utilisation of the available geometrical freedom of design. Common solutions for design problems can be conceived in a new way using this freedom of design and the integration of functions and the use of a product can thereby be increased. One problem in the utilisation of additive manufacturing technologies is the lack of knowledge on the part of designers about the possibilities they provide. In order to give designers the ability to utilise these technologies in a more efficient way, possible good solutions for repetitively occurring design challenges should be provided to lead to an optimised design for additive manufacturing. This information can be provided in the form of a design catalogue. In this paper, the concept of a design catalogue for additive manufacturing technologies for several functions that can be fulfilled by technical systems is presented. In order to ensure high usability of the catalogue, the concept is based on a common definition of standard functions of technical systems. The main research question that recurs throughout the paper can be formulated as follows: “How should a function-oriented design catalogue for additive manufacturing technologies be structured in order to support designers in utilising the potential of the available freedom of design?” An additional challenge of the use of additive manufacturing technologies is their large number and consequently the mapping of possibilities provided by additive manufacturing technologies to the various processes. For this reason, the catalogue includes the information regardless of whether the function-orientated solutions are suitable for a special manufacturing process or not. The realisation of the design is supported by further information about restrictions that have to be respected. This information is additionally included in the catalogue. For a better understanding, some of the contained design solutions for the catalogue are shown in comparison to conventional design solutions.

Keywords: Additive Manufacturing, design catalogue, design process

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