Automatic geometry alteration when designing for metal additive manufacturing

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Martinsson, Julian; Borgue, Olivia; Panarotto, Massimo; Isaksson, Ola
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Chalmers University of Technology
Section: Prototyping
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


On the last decades, the space industry has been interested in implementing metal additive manufacturing. However, the transition from traditional to additive manufacturing technologies requires designers to consider new design and manufacturing constraints. A limitation for the implementation of additive manufacturing is the need for support structures which increase material consumption and post processing time. In this article, a software was created to automatically modify product geometry to reduce the need for support structures.

Keywords: Additive manufacturing, support structures, geometry alteration, automation


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