Industrial Design for Additive Manufacturing

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With additive manufacturing, designers need to learn new design rules to understand how to design products that can be manufactured additively. They also need to learn new design methods, and software tools that implement them. Designs for additive manufacturing processes may need support structures and the new freedom in designing should be exploited. The product development process at Gramm is agile and considers the design rules of additive manufacturing. Started by an idea or concept, they produce both a product definition and a production plan. Join the workshop to discuss with Harald Schmid, CEO and founder of Gramm UG, about design rules and future ideas of additive manufacturing.

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Industrial Design for Manufacturing – New solution for the development of mechanical products and components.

Industrial Design as an expression originates in the beginning of the 20th century throughout Germany. Thanks to the industrial revolution, a product was no longer crafted by its designer, but rather the designer created a product definition which was then carried out by a production line consisting of machines and workers.

This required a new way of thinking. A successful product design not only needs to work, it also needs to be manufacturable. And because of the separation of design and manufacturing, a designer no longer had an intuitive, implicit understanding of the manufacturing process. Costing, tolerances and part dimensions had to be put into design rules that were then taught to the designer.

With additive manufacturing, designers need to learn new design rules, to understand how to design products that can be manufactured additively. They also need to learn new design methods, and software tools that implement them. For the most part this is due to the additive shaping principle that is a quality of any additive manufacturing process, but also the digital nature of additive manufacturing allows or needs new software tools, such as process simulation. But this is not enough. More is required. 

Agile development process

The tool-free, digital nature of additive manufacturing changes the nature of product development. Designing a product is now a much more agile development process. Design changes can be made quickly, and tests can be carried out more easily, either digital or physical. This allows for a development process that is a lot like modern software development. Also, the large design space allowed by additive shaping and the large number of 3D printing technologies available require a bottom-up approach to design to manage the complexity of the design process. 

About the product development process at Gramm

The product development process at Gramm is agile and considers the design rules of additive manufacturing. Started by an idea or concept, Gramm produces both, a product definition and a production plan. Due to its scalability, the process can be used for  small and large projects. Internally, Gramm uses the process for industrial components and medical devices, but it can also be applied to other industries and device categories.

 

The workshop on 'Industrial Design for Additive Manufacturing'

Have you ever heard about Industrial Design for Manufacturing in the context of Additive manufacturing? If not, you may learn more about the “Gramm method” in the MatX Workshop “Industrial Design for Additive Manufacturing”, facilitated by Harald Gramm, CEO ofGramm UG.

Additive Manufacturing is a core topic at MatX highlighting various facets in workshops or lectures. Thus, MatX covers the whole spectrum of Additive Manufacturing starting with “Advances in Additive Manufacturing” such as Robotic additive manufacturing technology for 3D metal printing going to legal aspects of Additive Manufacturing as well as Additive Manufacturing in Every Day Life and Design Thinking. Join the workshops and discuss with the experts and participants about the latest developments and future ideas of Additive Manufacturing!

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