Design for Additive Manufacturing

By Olaf Diegel

Engineers tend to think the way they have been taught. It can be difficult to get someone to rethink how to design parts when they have been creating “conventional” designs for decades. They are often based on traditional thought processes, software, and methods of manufacturing. To get the most value from AM, it is important for engineers and designers to think differently and consider methods of design for AM (DfAM).

DfAM is not a theoretical subject. It is one that is best experienced in a hands-on way. For example, experiencing the removal of support material makes it easier to understand how important it is to design to reduce it to a minimum. Learning what drives the cost of AM is a big part of the DfAM process.

After more than two years of pandemic, Wohlers Associates is resuming its DfAM courses. The first is being held in partnership with and hosted by America Makes. Participants will learn the thought process behind good DfAM practices. The three-day course involves the use of special methods and software tools for consolidating many parts into one and optimizing the strength-to-weight ratio of a design.

To learn more about the course, click here and register today because space is limited.

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