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International Journal of Frontiers in Engineering Technology, 2021, 3(4); doi: 10.25236/IJFET.2021.030410.

Design Exploration and Design Exploitation for Additive Manufacturing


Jiawei Wu

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Jiawei Wu

Shanghai Yoyao Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai, 200000, China


Additive manufacturing (AM) has been widely adopted in the product development stage, and in some specific industry sections such as hearing-aids, orthodontics, and rapid prototyping, AM has become the main manufacturing techniques in their toolkit. The number of industrial AM application has been increasing considerably during the last decade, and AM enabled sustainable manufacturing method is becoming more promising. The major industry giants and academic institutions are investing a significant amount of resources and time on AM and its related fields to expend the AM application portfolio in a real industry production environment. I will introduce a serial of articles about the topic: the design exploration and design exploitation for Additive Manufacturing. A systematic hierarchical research architecture is adopted in this project and is divided into three parts: macro-level design, meso-level design, and micro-level design. The level of analysis structure spreads the research topic into different categories. A list of design principles will unfold Macro-level design research. The meso-design will execute the main techniques for innovative design techniques, and the final micro design research will be mainly focused on the micro-level of design contribution. Along with the development of understanding for DfAM, a multi-disciplinary study will also be conducted in the research involving computational design and simulation, virtual prototyping, machine learning, cost analysis, and practical operations related to AM software and hardware. The content includes the theoretical analysis, various case study and my personal research and development experience. The primary research will be around the center of rethinking the DfAM. The contents will include a background introduction for current (DfAM) Design for Additive Manufacturing status, the importance for the AM industry development, and the current constraints of DfAM.


design, additive manufacturing, product design, design thinking, DfAM, 3dprinting, engineering design, design education, dfm, design for manufacturing

Cite This Paper

Jiawei Wu. Design Exploration and Design Exploitation for Additive Manufacturing. International Journal of Frontiers in Engineering Technology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 4: 63-69. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFET.2021.030410.


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