Wohlers collabs with Materialise on DfAM

Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide, has announced a 3-day course on Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), which is being held in collaboration with Materialise, an industry-leading provider of 3D printing software and services. The course is from May 31 to June 2, 2017 at the Materialise headquarters location in Leuven, Belgium.

The course will provide an expert instruction on methods of DfAM, which can result in significant savings in manufacturing processes, part numbers, assembly, labor, inventory, and certification paperwork. The course will also include topology optimization, a technique of letting mathematics decide where to place material to optimize the strength-to-weight ratio.

The following image shows a hydraulic manifold for an Airbus A380 spoiler, a wing device that slows or causes an airplane to descend. The version on the left is a conventionally-machined manifold. The one on the right was redesigned using methods of DfAM and produced by additive manufacturing. It flew on the A380 in March 2017. The AM version reduced weight by 55%—a significant benefit in aircraft manufacturing.