Design for additive (and hybrid) manufacturing – Needs and prospects

Delft University of Technology
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering conference, 2016, pp. 733 - 744
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Manufacturing in most industries has shifted focus a number of times in recent decades, moving from mass production right through to rapid response manufacturing. The central goal was to shorten product delivery cycles. This paper argues recent developments in 3D printing and other additive manufacturing technologies may serve to advance both rapid response and high customization. While being seen as a positive step, preconditions need to be fulfilled and will be discussed here. Moreover, this paper will frame a model for product design for additive manufacturing. The model is based on authors’ research in traditional design and manufacturing which is further extended here to include additive and hybrid manufacturing. Accordingly, the discussions of the model will include additive manufacturing ontology, and design for additive manufacturing. It is reasoned an [AM] ontology is built as an extension of generic product design and manufacturing ontology. The central thesis here is that if we are to move rapid response manufacturing forward we need to advance our understanding of what it means to design for additive (and hybrid) manufacturing. Therefore, it is important we discuss the needs and prospects of this field of research, which will be illustrated via several examples.
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