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Featured image - AM in 10 - heat exchangers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX98VtLFmsI VIDEO SUMMARY   Why are heat exchangers the poster child of additive manufacturing? In this AM in 10 video, we discuss why additive manufacturing is used for heat exchangers, give design advice and discuss the challenges involved with printing these components. A heat exchanger is a device that is …

One of the most overlooked factors of additive manufacturing is the business case. In this post, we will look at: The important relationship between AM design and its impact on the AM business case Get under the hood of the iron triangle of cost/quality/time and understand the trade-offs The underlying …

Featured image - AM in 10 - conformal cooling for mould tools

In this episode of “AM in 10,” we’re looking at the “how, what and why” of how additive manufacturing can be used in the mould and dye industry, specifically, the additive manufacturing of conformal cooling channels in injection moulding. Knowing when and where to use additive manufacturing (AM) is a …

Extra stock material is added to the larger ports to allow for post-machining of the manifold to the correct tolerances

In this post, which follows on from part 1 (hydraulic manifold for aerospace redesigned for AM with MTC, part-1), we will look at how we redesigned this hydraulic manifold from a systems-level redesign perspective. By removing some constraints in the design process and moving the positions of the inlets and …

Types of lattices for additive manufacturing – the terms all engineers need to know

What types of lattices for additive manufacturing are there, and why are they so important? One of the advantages of AM is the ability to create fine-featured high precision shapes, and many designers have taken advantage of this and added lattice or cellular structures to their components. These structures can …

4 principles of design for additive manufacturing

Design for additive manufacturing is the practice of designing a part or product that exploits the freedoms of additive manufacturing whilst adhering to the process limitations. The aim for all designers should be to minimise the production time, cost and risk of in-build failure, whilst maximising the functionality and quality …