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Design for Additive Manufacturing

Cambridge and Loughborough University

Dr James Moultrie presented the paper titled 'A Structured Look at New Design Possibilities for Additive Manufacturing Machines' in DESIGN Conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 16 - 19, 2016.

Paper abstract:

Rapid prototyping machines are extremely popular, but in terms of robustness, speed and precision are inherently limited. At a cursory glance, they appear to be designed following the principles of their predecessors. This paper takes a morphological approach to analyze the design of these machines, by breaking them into individual elements to compare their performance and consider the potential for new designs. A novel ‘periodic table’ of potential designs is proposed. This analysis confirms that a lot of design space isn't being used, indicating a degree of ‘fixation’ in current products.