Additive Manufacturing is a collective term for a broad variety of different manufacturing processes. They all have the layer wise build-up of the part in common. This is a big difference compared to traditional manufacturing processes and has to be taken into account during part design. The huge amount of geometrical freedom normally is to engineers and designers as unfamiliar as the consideration of support material within the build process. In order to use AM efficiently they have to rethink common procedures and practice the new process capabilities. All AM design rules depend on the process and even on the different materials. Therefore, an in depth understanding of the used AM process and the material characteristics is necessary to exploit the maximum potential.
This seminar provides an overview of design possibilities and approaches in AM. It covers basic design paradigms for AM as well as sophisticated design concepts, e.g. bionic structures, asymmetric modelling, topology optimization and evaluates those concepts in terms of costs and effort.