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Title: An additive manufacturing process model for product family design
Authors: Lei, Ningrong
Yao, Xiling
Moon, Seung Ki
Bi, Guijun
Keywords: Additive manufacturing
Product family design
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Lei, N., Yao, X., Moon, S. K., & Bi, G. (2016). An additive manufacturing process model for product family design. Journal of Engineering Design, 27(11), 751-767.
Series/Report no.: Journal of Engineering Design
Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) is projected to have a profound impact on mass customisation. In order to benefit from this new technology, we need to incorporate AM into design processes. This paper addresses that need by introducing an AM process model for product family design. The proposed model reflects the ability of AM to produce customised and complex parts without tooling efforts. By utilising AM, we eliminate all constraints which arise in conventional product family designs from finding a compromise between commonality and performance. The proposed model starts by identifying design requirements and constraints. Subsequently, we use topology optimisation to determine an optimal design for each product. Next, finite element analysis and cost analysis are performed. We combine the analysis results in one three-dimensional plot, which displays the merits of the individual component realisations. Thus, a fair and competitive component evaluation is possible and the most suitable product family design can be selected. The final designs are fabricated using fused desposition modelling. A case study is conducted to illustrate how the proposed model facilitates the benefits of AM. The results show that the proposed model has the potential to provide affordable customisation.
ISSN: 0954-4828
DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2016.1228101
Rights: © 2016 Informa UK Limited (trading as Taylor & Francis Group). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Engineering Design, Taylor & Francis Group. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
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