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.

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is changing how we design parts—not only what designs are possible to manufacture, but literally how we think about design’s role, where design falls in the manufacturing process and what “design” actually entails. The design of a 3D-printed part determines not just its end performance, but also how it will build and be postprocessed. The best-case scenario places design at each step of the additive manufacturing process. The January/February 2019 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine explores this interplay, and the possibilities and challenges it introduces.

Stories in this issue include:

  • How GM collaborated with Autodesk to 3D print a generatively designed proof-of-concept seat bracket, and what this will mean for the future of automotive manufacturing.
  • A case study from Altair that leveraged the company’s topology optimization and simulation tools to create a hip stem implant customized to the loads expected during specific activities.
  • A look at how Formula One team Sauber uses metal AM to manufacture scale models and final parts for its race-winning cars, sometimes even in the same build to save time.
  • How Penn State University is preparing the next generation of AM engineers with its new master’s degree program in additive manufacturing and design.
  • The role of simulation in helping engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) successfully 3D print a custom chef’s knife without changing the part design.

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