Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have expanded the possibility of producing unconventional geometries, also increasing the freedom of design. However, in the designer’s everyday work, the decision regarding the adoption of AM for the production of a component is not straightforward. In fact, it is necessary to process much information regarding multiple fields to exploit the maximum potential of additive production. For example, there is a need to evaluate the properties of the printable materials, their compatibility with the specific application, redesign shapes accordingly to AM limits, and conceive unique and complex products. Additionally, procurement and logistics evaluations, as well as overall costs possibly extending to the entire life cycle, are necessary to come to a decision for a new and radical solution. In this context, this paper investigates the complex set of information involved in this process. Indeed, it proposes a framework to support and guide a designer by means of a structured and algorithmic procedure to evaluate the opportunity for the adoption of AM and come to an optimal design. A case study related to an ultralight aircraft part is reported to demonstrate the proposed decision process.

A systematic approach for evaluating the adoption of additive manufacturing in the product design process / Raffaeli, R.; Lettori, J.; Schmidt, J.; Peruzzini, M.; Pellicciari, M.. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - 11:3(2021), pp. 1-24. [10.3390/app11031210]

A systematic approach for evaluating the adoption of additive manufacturing in the product design process

Raffaeli R.;Lettori J.;Schmidt J.;Peruzzini M.;Pellicciari M.
2021

Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have expanded the possibility of producing unconventional geometries, also increasing the freedom of design. However, in the designer’s everyday work, the decision regarding the adoption of AM for the production of a component is not straightforward. In fact, it is necessary to process much information regarding multiple fields to exploit the maximum potential of additive production. For example, there is a need to evaluate the properties of the printable materials, their compatibility with the specific application, redesign shapes accordingly to AM limits, and conceive unique and complex products. Additionally, procurement and logistics evaluations, as well as overall costs possibly extending to the entire life cycle, are necessary to come to a decision for a new and radical solution. In this context, this paper investigates the complex set of information involved in this process. Indeed, it proposes a framework to support and guide a designer by means of a structured and algorithmic procedure to evaluate the opportunity for the adoption of AM and come to an optimal design. A case study related to an ultralight aircraft part is reported to demonstrate the proposed decision process.
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A systematic approach for evaluating the adoption of additive manufacturing in the product design process / Raffaeli, R.; Lettori, J.; Schmidt, J.; Peruzzini, M.; Pellicciari, M.. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - 11:3(2021), pp. 1-24. [10.3390/app11031210]
Raffaeli, R.; Lettori, J.; Schmidt, J.; Peruzzini, M.; Pellicciari, M.
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