Leveraging data, scientists in Singapore have developed a straightforward method to optimize the design process for 3D printed products. They reported their findings in the journal ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a process by which parts are fabricated in a layer-by-layer manner. In conventional manufacturing processes, the main task for designers is tailoring their designs to eliminate manufacturing difficulties and minimize costs. On the contrary, AM has fewer manufacturing constraints while offering designers with much more design freedom to explore.
Therefore, designers must search for optimal design solutions out of millions of design alternatives that are different in geometry, topology, structure and material. This can be a tedious task with current design methods and computer-aided design tools due to the lack of ability to rapidly explore and exploit such a high dimensional design space. […]