The use of Additive Manufacturing

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Can Additive Manufacturing advance your business forward?

MaterDome Additive Manufacturing Services

By George

Additive Manufacturing or as commonly called 3d printing, is a combination of technology, materials and product design. Reading this article you will be getting different aspects of using Additive Manufacturing for production of your products. This article will reveal how Additive Manufacturing can benefit the way your products look like.

The first and most vital part of Additive manufacturing use is to determine the requirements of the product, starting with the basic concepts such as the amount of strength, flexibility, working conditions, temperature etc. Then, when everything is figured out and written down, the designing process is ready to begin. In MaterDome, the design process is starting by considering the scope of utility. We need your product to be robust, easy to use and with outstanding performance while design is up to your preferred taste and the marketing research from your audience base.

This workflow may seem unconventional and disturbing for most companies that rely its sales on design & appearance. Although, using Additive Manufacturing makes extremely easy to work independently on engineering, industrial and product design.

Separating these points of our manufacturing focus is easy to identify how different is the engineering design process from industrial and product design. The engineering part of the development is all about parametric design, exact measurements and the appropriate mechanisms or additional components that will ensure the best performance of the final product. In addition to engineering, industrial design focuses on craft design and ergonomic shape while the product design ensures that the final outcome is well communicated, visualized and analyzed in the best possible manner.

Thus, the technology of Additive Manufacturing help us work separately on each of the product development stages and incorporate them in the manufacturing process.

“We need your product to be robust, easy to use and with outstanding performance while design is up to your preferred taste and the marketing research from your audience base”

Getting in depth of this method, this technology changes the way of manufacturing in such fundamental way that the parts of the product can be manufactured in a non-shape dependency. This means that each product can be made as a whole object or can be sliced in pieces based on the material, color, engineering requirements or even ease of manufacturing.

This “slicing” can be achieved by using advanced software for designing and simulating the desired final product in a “mesh” form.This final product’s form is achieved by recreating the use, as close as possible to reality, and then optimizing the topology and shape. This optimized product can then be “sliced” in the best possible combination of components.

These components can be of any shape and size and are determined only by restrictions based on engineering set-up, the material that is needed for each piece and allow the whole product to work exceptional.

Reaching the point where we are explaining each part of a products development, we should start from the engineering, the “reason of existence” of a product. It is extremely vital to determine what exact outcome the owner demands from the specific product. Having this figured out and established, we develop the mechanism.

This can be done in two completely different ways. The first and most common way, is by using existing components and create the assembly with the best possible efficiency and the second is, as big companies do, develop your own mechanisms. Additive Manufacturing gives the opportunity to create organic, non-periodic and with low traditional manufacturability structures. This can highly assimilate the simulation, that your engineers find the most effective. The low restrictions over shape give an outstanding advantage over functionality so that you have the most accurate performance.

Example of that mentality are the 3d printed parts which derived from simulation that are used inside industrial machines to improve the performance. It is a technique that can be met in industries like aviation, transportation or even food industry. There are numerous examples that can prove our “way of thinking” is valid and leans towards innovation and future manufacturing.

The images shown above are examples of research conducted by manufacturing companies to showcase what Additive Manufacturing can do in the engineering part of a product’s development cycle.

Stay tuned for the next article which will deal with the ergonomics that can be produced with Additive Manufacturing technologies as well as how to think and get benefitted in the new era of manufacturing.

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