An approach to implement design for additive manufacturing in engineering studies

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Lippert, Bastian; Leuteritz, Georg; Lachmayer, Roland
Series: ICED
Institution: Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 051-060
ISBN: 978-1-904670-93-3
ISSN: 2220-4342


This paper describes an approach to implement additive manufacturing technologies in engineering studies by analyzing a lecture, which is divided into a theoretical and a practical part. Focusing on the practical part, the concept of a design task is shown, in which students are able to examine the technology intensively by self-contained manufacturing of 3D-printed parts. Describing the concept of an open 3D-printing lab, the basics of fused deposition modelling, as an additive technology, are characterized. After defining project teams with six to eight participants each, a remote controlled electrical vehicle has to be designed by the students. During this process, the project teams have to fulfil a specific design objective, like for example applying internal structures or aiming towards a maximum functional integration. As a result of the case study, two vehicle concepts as well as applied design approaches are presented. Based on the gained experience, suitable design methods and tools to enable multicriteria design objectives are summarized and an estimation about optimization effort is given finally.

Keywords: Additive Manufacturing, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), Case study, Design education, Design practice

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