Adam Rivard, Additive Manufacturing Specialist, LAI International
Additive Manufacturing offers the unique opportunity for optimized designs to move from theory to reality. The two challenges holding many back are a lack of data on actual performance compared to simulated results, and the integration of manufacturing constraints into the optimization process. This case study will walk through the process of optimizing a design for weight minimization, mechanical performance, as well as manufacturability in two different additive manufacturing processes; electron beam powder bed fusion and laser powder bed fusion. We will explore the mechanical performance of the two additively manufactured components in relation to the simulated performance and the conventional wrought part performance. Lastly we will compare and contrast the weight of each design and the manufacturing costs. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the true potential for design optimization with additive manufacturing as well as hard numbers to create business cases of their own applications.