Design for AM

Modelling the mechanical behaviour of additively manufactured cellular structures

One of the most promising aspects of Additive Manufacturing is the design freedom it enables. One manifestation of this design freedom lies in our ability to manufacture cellular structures such as lattices and honeycombs. Implementing cellular structures with AM, however, poses a range of design and manufacturing challenges. In this article Dr Dhruv Bhate, from Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT), focuses on a key area connecting design and manufacturing to final part implementation – the mechanical behaviour of these structures and the challenges and approaches to developing a reliable way to predict it [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 4, Winter 2016] ... Read more »

FIT AG: Laying the foundations for high-volume metal Additive Manufacturing

There is no doubt that the Additive Manufacturing of series components is quickly becoming a reality. From high-profile applications in the aerospace industry to performance components for the automotive sector, there are now numerous examples of the successful implementation of metal AM. However, the route that a company chooses in order to adopt AM technology could have a significant impact on a component’s development time and cost. As Nick Williams reports, Germany’s FIT AG sees opportunities in leveraging its expertise to supporting companies with the outsourcing of component development and production. To achieve this, the company has created a model AM factory that it plans to replicate worldwide [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 3, Autumn 2016] ... Read more »

Metal AM in the automotive industry: New vehicle structures, series components for the luxury market and beyond

The automotive industry has successfully embraced metal Additive Manufacturing as a prototyping technology for a number of years. As the technology advances, however, the possibilities for the use of metal AM for series component production are now starting to be explored. In the following review the challenges and opportunities for metal AM in the automotive industry are presented, including a radical concept to use AM parts as key structural elements in the next generation of automotive spaceframes [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 2, Summer 2016] ... Read more »

Planning, preparing and producing: Walking the tightrope between additive and subtractive manufacturing

In the following article Delcam’s Kelvin Hamilton explores the current possibilities for design, topology optimisation, simulation, process planning and process preparation in metal Additive Manufacturing (AM). Exploring the three Ps, Plan, Prepare and Produce, all the processes involved in transforming three airbrake bracket designs into final products are revealed. As well as explaining how important it is to appreciate and plan for the significant amount of subtractive manufacturing in metal AM, a number of the lessons learnt in this project are discussed as the author reflects on the experience of planning, preparing and producing parts [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 1, Spring 2016] ... Read more »

Metal AM in Finland: VTT optimises industrial valve block for Additive Manufacturing

VTT, based in Espoo, Finland, is one of Europe’s largest research and technology centres with a long track record in metal powder processing technologies. In the following case study VTT’s Erin Komi reviews the development of an additively manufactured valve block for demanding industrial applications. The project, in conjunction with industrial partner Nurmi Cylinders, looked at the optimisation of the valve block in terms of size reduction, weight saving and performance gains [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 1, Spring 2016] ... Read more »

A story of failure and success in metal AM: The reality of developing a titanium bike part

Metal Additive Manufacturing promises to enable smaller organisations to compete with global corporations in the development of new products. Expensive tooling and traditional production lines, it is suggested, need no longer be a barrier to market. As US-based designer and engineer Spencer Wright reveals in this insightful report, the reality of developing a low volume AM titanium part for production exposes a number of challenges that the industry needs to overcome if it is truly able to serve a new generation of product developers [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 3, Autumn 2015] ... Read more »

Metal Additive Manufacturing: Component design for successful commercial production

With Additive Manufacturing, the next generation of component fabrication technologies has arrived. No other technology, explains Tim Richter, of RSC Engineering GmbH, Germany, has the potential to change the design process and the appearance of new products so fundamentally. In this report for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, Richter shares his experiences in designing metal AM components for powder bed fusion based AM systems, explaining both the potential and the limitations of the process [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 1, Spring 2015] ... Read more »

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

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Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Revolution, not evolution: General Motors on building an AM culture and the AM Dream Machine
  • The power of Additive Manufacturing in the hands of artists: Public works to small batch production
  • Growing momentum and broadening recognition: A status update on the rise of Electron Beam PBF
  • Improving carbon capture efficiency through Additive Manufacturing in the race for a liveable climate
  • The System of AM Systems: How Metal Powder Works’ in-process powder production could change metal AM
  • The next generation: Using metal AM to drive emissions reduction and educate the engineers of the future
  • Advances in the AM of refractory metals and hard materials at the 20th Plansee Seminar
  • Additive Manufacturing needs you: Why you and your company should get involved in standards development

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