2019 Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (SFF Symp 2019): Design for AM Special Session
Wednesday 8:00 AM
August 14, 2019
Location: Hilton Austin
Session Chair: Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin
An Overview of Design for AM: Terry Wohlers (Wohlers Associates, Inc); Olaf Diegel and Ray Huff (University of Auckland)
Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) is arguably the most important consideration when using AM for series production. DfAM can impact the build and support materials, build speed, post-processing, part performance, and economics—all factors that determine whether AM is a good fit. Diegel, Huff, and Wohlers will each provide their thoughts and perspective on these and other elements influenced by design. The three presentations will serve as a warm-up to the 2.5-day DfAM course that begins the same afternoon and is conducted by the same three individuals.
An Interactive Exploration of Conceptual Design and Ideation for AM: Nicholas Meisel (Pennsylvania State University)
Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) considerations are, in many cases, in direct contrast to an engineer’s intuitive understanding of what makes a design “manufacturable.” However, to innovate with AM, engineers must learn to leverage the design opportunities that the technology offers. In this special session of SFF, attendees will learn about techniques for integrating DfAM considerations into their concept generation activities. They will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive design “charrette,” where they will practice applying DfAM to a product design challenge.