The Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry continues to grow, doubling in size roughly every 5 years. With this also comes an increasing environmental footprint. AM holds many promised environmental benefits. From lightweight parts for electric vehicles, reduced material consumption through optimized designs, and flexible localized production, there is no shortage of potential. However, many caveats remain. How do you print parts that perform better and last longer? Is the lightest part necessarily the most sustainable? How can we design not just for the printing process, but also for post-processing, shipping, and the entire product life cycle? In this class we’ll look at design technology and case studies that will provide insight into these questions. We will also cover how you can start putting these technologies and workflows into practice to turn promised sustainability ideas into reality while avoiding common pitfalls.
- Identify applications where additive manufacturing provides a business and sustainability benefit and where it doesn’t
- Assess AM design trade-offs while avoiding common pitfalls
- Apply DfAM techniques such as generative design, latticing, and part consolidation
- Implement design workflows that drive more sustainable and higher performing part designs