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Title: Exploring shape complexity factors in material deposition and material jetting build time
Authors: Pradel, Patrick
Bibb, Richard J.
Zhu, Zicheng
Moultrie, James
Keywords: Design for additive manufacturing
Shape complexity
Design for cost
Costing
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Springer
Citation: PRADEL, P. ... et al, 2017. Exploring shape complexity factors in material deposition and material jetting build time. IN: Meboldt, M. and, Klahn, C. (eds.) Industrializing Additive Manufacturing - Proceedings of the Conference on Additive Manufacturing in Products and Applications AMPA 2017. New York:Springer, pp. 24-33.
Abstract: “Complexity for free” has often been claimed as one of the main opportunities of additive manufacturing (AM). Many examples have proven how, for highly complex and intricate geometries, additive manufacturing is the only available route. However, the implications that shape complexity has on part cost have not been thoroughly explored. This is especially relevant for series production where optimisation of building time can lead to significant cost savings. This study explores how shape complexity impacts build time in Material Extrusion (ME) and Material Jetting (MJ). A screening experiment is presented where the impact of ‘area’, ‘size’ and ‘increase in perimeter’ on build time is analysed. The results show that these three factors influence building time in ME, while only ‘size’ has a significant effect in MJ. Our results challenge the mainstream assumption that all AM processes provide “Complexity for free” while presenting preliminary indications on how to design efficient components for ME and MJ.
Description: This paper was presented at Additive Manufacturing for Products and Applications (AMPA) 2017, Zurich, Switzerland, 13th-15th September 2017. and is closed access until 31st Oct. 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25268
Publisher Link: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319668659
ISBN: 9783319668666
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