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Additive manufacturing allows for complex internal geometries that cannot be machined through traditional processes. This presentation investigates the redesign of an existing aerospace bracket based on topology optimization and metal 3D printing. Attendees will learn how new geometry possibilities can be used to create a higher strength, lower weight part.

Date: October 13, 2016
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: SLM Solutions and solidThinking

Overview

Additive manufacturing allows for complex internal geometries that cannot be machined through traditional processes. This presentation investigates the redesign of an existing aerospace bracket based on topology optimization and metal 3D printing.

To carry out the case study, Sintavia - a leading metals additive manufacturing company - applied solidThinking's Inspire software to optimize and redesign the bracket. The optimized design iterations were then printed in Inconel using a SLM 280HL 400W twin laser machine. An MTS fatigue tester simulated operating conditions.

Attendees will review varying degrees of optimization compared to the original design. They will learn how a nontraditional design and manufacturing process such as metal 3D printing capitalizes on new geometry possibilities to create a higher strength, lower weight part.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the advantages of additive manufacturing compared to traditional manufacturing
  • Discover the value of topology optimization and limited overdesign
  • Learn how design optimization and metal additive manufacturing work together to amplify the benefits of each process

Speakers

Shaun Kroeger, Director, Partner Sales, solidThinking

Shaun Kroeger is the Director - Partner Sales, Americas at solidThinking. Experienced in every aspect of the virtual product development process, he has held executive positions with SolidWorks, LMS International, and MSC Software.

Doug Hedges, President, Sintavia

An additive manufacturing enthusiast, Doug Hedges is a mechanical engineer with Sintavia. His experience includes part manufacture approval (PMA), designated engineering representative (DER) repairs, OEM part manufacture and design, and large scale jet engine MRO.

Michael Hansen, Applications Engineer, SLM Solutions NA

Michael Hansen specializes in advanced metal 3D printing. As an application engineer at SLM Solutions, his focus is design for additive manufacturing, lightweighting, and topology optimization. Prior to joining SLM Solutions, Hansen was a lead engineer and worked with various design software with a focus on FEA, CFD and design for manufacturing.

For more information or to register, visit: www.globalspec.com/events/eventdetails?eventid=1253

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