Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is 'the key enabler' of the business case AM. Reduction of part count and function integration offer enormous cost saving potential. To realise such effects the understanding of the AM technologies is essential.
To be able to take full advantage of AM technologies, careful consideration of all process limitations is required. This is especially the case when it comes to metal AM technologies that require support structures. Part geometry and build-orientation determine the location and amount of structures required. The support structures as their locations define the post-machining efforts. These constraints have to be taken into account in for optimal results. When getting everything right, function integration, a reduction of part count and reaching new level of complexity.
Components designed for Additive Manufacturing can often be identified as they feature self-supporting surfaces or integrated supports.
Process understanding is crucial for the design components AM conformal and so for the business case. We can assess designs regarding manufacturability through AM technologies. We can advise on potentials for design optimization and connect you with experienced designers to realize Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM).