Additive manufacturing enables the creation of highly complex structures, which often cannot be produced with traditional manufacturing methods. With additive manufacturing, you can realize light-weighting strategies and increase the performance of a component like never before.
To fully benefit from the advantages additive manufacturing offers, and to tap into the full lightweight and performance potential this method offers, three aspects are especially important:
- Design based on a component’s intended use (use material only where it is really needed!)
- Direct modeling instead of traditional CAD (design freedom to realize organic structures)
- Design guidelines (how much design freedom do you really have?)
This approach will be demonstrated with practical examples and use cases from companies such as Airbus, Lieber, Eurocopter, EADS, Renishaw, Renault and others.