Michael Crockett PE, Mechanical Engineer 3D Printing, HP
Successful integration of Additive Manufacturing for long term industry adoption requires increased investment in improving convenience, realistic assessment for intended application, and reasonable generative part design. This presentation will discuss the following three topics to meet these goals.
MRP Integration: While 3D Printing is versatile and automated, much of the workflow and ecosystem requires details only available to expert users. An MRP (Material Requirements Planning) Software Integration Layer could alleviate many non-value added steps in a production environment.
Big-O Manufacturing Analysis: Selection of manufacturing process based solely on finished part functional requirements and cost breaks down for 3D Printing because part size can have exponential impact on production rate. Assessment of 3D printing process type viability can be made by applying Big-O Manufacturing Analysis (an adaptation of a technique used by computer scientists to assess algorithm performance).
Reasonable Generative Part Design: Utilizing computationally developed external and internal geometry to meet a part’s functional requirements can produce unmatched performance characteristics, but it can carry with it disproportionally high costs when compared to designs made for conventional manufacturing options. Careful selection of this type of design should be made only when other lower cost alternatives are unavailable.