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Metal 3D Printing vs Traditional Machining: Optimizing an Aerospace Bracket

Additive manufacturing allows for complex internal geometries that cannot be machined Additive Manufacturing Geometry Optimizationthrough 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.
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