Design for Additive

Design Guidelines for Conformal Cooling Water Lines

Additive manufacturing enables complex geometries and nonround cross-sections for conformal cooling lines, but some design lessons from conventionally drilled lines are still relevant.

3D Systems Adds Build Simulation Module to 3DXpert Software

The software package is now bundled with all 3D Systems direct metal 3D printers.

Students Develop Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) Worksheet for 3D Printing Success

A team of researchers at Purdue University developed and tested a DFAM worksheet to help novice and intermediate 3D printing users increase build success and minimize reprints.

Autodesk Demos Netfabb AM Software

Rapid 2017: The AM and design software will be demonstrated alongside the PowerShape toolkit.

Renishaw RenAM 500M Designed for Serialized Production

Rapid 2017: The company highlights the metal additive manufacturing machine plus new file preparation software.

How to Think About Design for Additive Manufacturing

It’s not as simple as changing the manufacturing method. True DFAM involves tradeoffs, specialization and even failure.

Incorporating Text with Laser Sintering

Laser sintering makes it possible to incorporate text directly into a part for identification or aesthetic reasons. For the greatest chance of success, follow these tips.

Thrinno Fast Quote Software Lowers Barriers to Designing for Metal Additive Manufacturing

The design analysis program provides price estimates and visual feedback on AM designs.

RP Platform Launches "Shrink-Wrapping" Solution for Quoting

The software provider has launched an improved shrink-wrapping process as part of its automated file-checking system.

Digimat 2017.1 Introduces Simulation Chain

A new simulation feature helps predict warpage and residual stress in polymers.

Consider Thickness, Tolerance and Proximity in Laser-Sintered Holes

A study offers guidelines for hole design in laser sintering applications.

Wanted: Flexible Shops and Open-Minded Pros

AM is more complicated than the hype implies. It needs creative people to advance its adoption in this industry.