There are several misconceptions in the industry about the way we design parts to be printed with a metal additive manufacturing machine. Many people assume the design process is the same as when we 3D print plastic parts. The truth is, there are differences to consider when designing for metal 3D printing that differs from the traditional process.
This presentation will explain the considerations that designers need to understand that are specific to 3D printing with metal. These considerations include the material’s application, strength, stiffness, environment, compatibility and cost; the threat of voids; support topology and cost; orientation/build direction; machine constraints and more. He will also help manufacturers and designers understand the types of parts that should be created leveraging metal 3D printing, as well as those that should not or cannot be created with the technology.
It will also discuss the relationship between the designer and the manufacturer, how to choose a third-party manufacturer when leveraging metal 3D printing and how to work with the manufacturer to build an efficient and mutually beneficial partnership.
- Recognize how to pick proper parts and define components for metal 3D printing
- Understand what design processes are the same as 3D printing plastics, and which processes are exclusive to metal printing
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of metal 3D printing in comparison to traditional manufacturing
Why Is It Important?
The engineering, design and manufacturing industry has seen a significant improvement in what can be achieved with 3D printing in the last 10 years. What was once a process used exclusively for prototyping, has evolved to include the ability to manufacture reliable end-use parts. Metal 3D printing has also been added to the mix, expanding what is possible with this innovative technology.
As 3D printing continues to be heavily leveraged by the aerospace industry, it’s essential for the AeroDef Manufacturing audience to understand how the addition of metal 3D printing changes the way we design end-use parts and prototypes.