Design for Additive Manufacturing

Webinar: Dive into Metal 3D Printing and Design

Register for a free webinar hosted by Protolabs to be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m EST. Take an in-depth look into direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to optimize design for ideal outcome.

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Will Change How We Design

Geometric freedom is just the start. AM will also change how design happens.

Additive Technology Delivers Small Satellites to Space

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a reusable rocket engine specifically for the launch of small satellites. The complex injector heads are 3D printed which unlocks additional performance, reduces the parts count, speeds up production time, and reduces weight and costs.

Collaboration Develops Image-Based Workflow for 3D-Printed Part Validation

A team from Synopsys, North Star Imaging and ANSYS developed a process using 3D imaging, processing and CAE to examine the performance of as-manufactured components.

nTopology's nTop Platform Offers a Design and Simulation Solution

Rapid 2019: nTopology’s nTop platform is its newest engineering environment for design, simulation and advanced manufacturing processes.

Niche Manufacturer Discovers How Additive and Amazon Go Together

The economics of 3D printing allow for cost-effective production of niche products, and Amazon Prime offers a way to distribute them. The Periscope Case is one company’s first venture into an all-new model aimed at bringing products to market that would never have been profitable before.

Simulation Supports Custom 3D-Printed Knife

Build simulation revealed that distortion was likely to occur in this custom chef’s knife. Thermal shrouding and an unusual support structure were used to counter it.

AM Brings Down the Wall Between Manufacturing and Design

In additive manufacturing, design and manufacturing blend together. They can’t be separate if AM is to realize its promise.

January 2019 Issue Explores Interplay of AM and Design

Design no longer begins and ends at the part. In AM, design plays a role at every step in the process.

Why GM’s Electric Future Is Also an Additive Future

Production capacity isn’t the only reason that additive has been slow to make inroads into the automotive industry. There is a larger barrier to entry—one that General Motors and Autodesk are working to overcome.

How Topology Optimization Could Be the Key to Longer-Lasting Hip Implants

Hip stem implants must support the mechanical loads of the patient’s lifestyle, but should also avoid stress shielding. A team from Altair leveraged simulation, topology optimization and 3D printing to design an optimized hip stem that meets both conditions.