Additive Manufacturing Shows its True Strength During Crisis

Additive manufacturing rapidly stepped in to resolve supply chain disruption in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the responsiveness and value of the technology. 2020 was a challenging year for many in product development and manufacturing. Nonetheless, the additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) industry grew worldwide by 7-9 percent for the year,…

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Design for Additive Manufacturing

The Future of Additive Manufacturing is Design. When people consider the advances of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), they tend to think about the technology being used. However, the technology itself is not the end user’s experience of AM. The end user is the one who receives the part or product. This…

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Industrial Design with Additive Manufacturing

Industrial design focuses on a combination of aesthetics and user experience, often overlooking real world constraints of function, reliability, cost, and manufacturing. Taking a design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) approach to industrial design incorporates key mechanical requirements and production constraints throughout the design process, ensuring the resulting product is optimized to its function and form…

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Enhancing Additive Designs with nTopology

Pairing additive manufacturing with topology optimization facilitates the creation of unique products and parts not possible through traditional methods. Watch this on-demand recording to learn how Avid’s mechanical engineers used the nTop Platform to push the boundaries of design through the creation of lattice structures and complex surface textures.

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What is Topology and Why Optimize It?

The design process may begin with an idea, a prior model, or an archetypal engineering shape. Alternatively, product development might be based on specifications of the space in which the design must fit, as well as the constraints and conditions under which it must function. A design is then crafted that fits within this space and will function as intended. To create the best possible design that meets such requirements, product engineers often utilize topology optimization.

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