The present work describes an automotive component design optimization process through a systematic approach. The redesign aims to improve product performance by Powder Bed Fusion metal Additive Manufacturing. The approach allows to match Topology Optimization and Design for Additive Manufacturing by exploiting benefits provided by CAD platforms that integrate CAD, CAE and CAM tools. The Systematic Concept-Selection-Based Approach aims to make redesign simple and effective, allowing design solutions exploration while containing product design lead time. Topology Optimization is the key phase to achieve lightweight design by a double-level optimization approach. In particular, the technique is setup to produce different design variants, whose subsequently undergo a Trade-off study to perform the concept selection step. Finally, one final redesign occurs and a design refinement step is performed to achieve product optimization. The case study is a high performance internal combustion engine piston, which has been redesigned to be produced by Selective Laser Melting process with benefit of weight reduction.
Optimization of an Engine Piston Through CAD Platforms and Additive Manufacturing Based Systematic Product Redesign / Dalpadulo, E.; Pini, F.; Leali, F.. - (2022), pp. 486-493. (Intervento presentato al convegno 2nd International Conference on Design Tools and Methods in Industrial Engineering, ADM 2021 tenutosi a ita nel 2021) [10.1007/978-3-030-91234-5_49].