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In the Search of Design for Rapid Manufacturing Strategies to Solve Functional and Geometrical Issues for Small Series Production

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Javier Munguia ValenzuelaORCiD



The new generation of additive processes introduced by Rapid Prototyping Technologies (RP) and their eventual transformation into truly manufacturing systems, shows the necessity of studying their implications towards conventional design practices such as Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), Functional and Cost Analysis, as well as to search for design strategies to be used mainly during the conceptual design phase. These implications have started to be addressed by the recent Design for Rapid Manufacturing (DFRM) approach. In order to overcome the geometrical and economical restrictions imposed by most conventional manufacturing processes, usually regarding the need for production tooling, and to search for alternative means to turn into realizable products those usually constrained by common manufacturing oriented design guidelines, a set of strategies is proposed, which through the application of part reduction principles, geometrical description, simulation and DFRM premises, show the feasibility of considering Rapid Manufacturing (RM) as an alternative route for production.

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Author(s): Munguia J, Riba C, Lloveras J

Editor(s): Bocquet, J-C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED07)

Year of Conference: 2007

Date deposited: 18/02/2011

Publisher: The Design Society


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ISBN: 9788070436004