Session Area I: Design for Additive Manufacturing

This session area will discuss the design methodology for additive manufacturing that can radically differ from other manufacturing processes due to the highly controlled nature of the part production and the ability to create shapes unachievable with conventional manufacturing. For example, a part can be optimized for weight by removing all unnecessary material while remaining structurally sound. Optimizing designs to take full advantage of the machines’ capabilities, while developing optimized orientations, supports and other structures for manufacturing, is a key issues that can affect economical part production. Designing to minimize time for production and lower manufacturing costs is also a challenge. This session seeks to address these and related issues of integrating the part design process with additive manufacturing’s new capabilities.

Co-Chair: Will Brandsmeier, NASA/MSFC
Telephone: (256) 544-6703

Co-Chair: (TBA)