Will 3D Printing & Optimization Revolutionize the Way We Design?Bob Yancey, Executive Director - Global Aerospace
This post was taken from Altair Enlighten.
Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) has been around for some time. I got involved with this industry almost 20 years ago when it was called Rapid Prototyping and then 3D Printing and now ALM. ALM builds structures layer by layer which is different than traditional manufacturing methods which either starts with a shape and machines away the excess or uses tooling to form a part to net shape. Some ALM processes rely on lasers to cure or solidify the material and others deposit the material through tiny nozzles but all methods build up a part in thin layers.
It has been a great technology for creating prototypes but has had little application in making production parts. New methods and new materials have emerged more recently that may be able to make ALM more relevant to production applications. A good article appeared recently in Technology Review that discusses some of the current and future applications of the technology. Altair recently had an ALM panel at our European Altair Technology Conference where leaders from the industry discussed the technology and its applications.
Jannis Kranz, from TUHH shows a bracket designed with OptiStruct and produced with ALM Read More