Additive Manufacturing (AM) or sometimes also called as Three Dimensional Printing (3DP) is the process of joining materials to make parts directly from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposite to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Integrating AM/3DP into product design provides a new approach that can remove many limitations imposed by current design for manufacturing and design for assembly activities. If a sub-system/part of a complex product can be manufactured completely in one process without using additional tools, dies or fixtures, this will lead to a reduction in manufacturing costs (some examples are illustrated in Figure 1). Furthermore, because the whole sub-system/product is made of one material, it is possible to recycle fully without partial or complete disassembly.
|Title of host publication
|2016 Solent Research and Innovation Conference
|Published - 1 May 2016