The acronym DfAM – Design for Additive Manufacturing – has emerged in recent months to define all those practices and skills that enable a designer or an engineer to create objects which optimally leverage the geometric potential of additive manufacturing technologies.

These skills and practices include many software tools – often included in CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) programs as well as capabilities that are derived from personal experience. Next generation CAD and CAE software may provide support through a wide range of approaches. These include processes such as topology optimization – that is the ability to add material where it is needed and remove it where it is unnecessary – or the parametric generation of lattice and trabecular structures. There are highly intricate networks of structures that can confer a specific component the same or better mechanical properties than solid parts, using less material and thus reducing manufacturing costs. Furthermore, these types of structures can be produced only through layered additive manufacturing processes.

While these approaches are becoming adopted in advanced engineering, there were still largely unknown until just a few years ago, when only a handful of forward-looking creatives, artists and product designers began to experiment with them in combination with AM technologies. Today DfAM has grown to encompass concepts such as mass customization – the ability to serially manufacture custom products – as well as wearable technology and even personalized food manufacturing. These designers continue to show us the way products will be digitally and additively made in the future. Check out 3dpbm’s exclusive celebrity survey with some of the world’s greatest DfAM designers.

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    Duann Scott appointed as Executive Director of 3MF Consortium

    The 3MF Consortium, an organization dedicated to advancing a universal specification for 3D printing, has appointed Duann Scott as its new Executive Director. Duann Scott supersedes Luis Baldez, who has served as Executive Director since 2020. Upon his appointment, Luis Baldez spearheaded the evolution of 3MF from development to adoption.…

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  • Designing personalized medical devices

    Over the past few decades, there has been a growing focus in the healthcare industry on achieving better patient outcomes. This emphasis is increasing the popularity of personalized medical devices, which are designed to match the anatomy or physiology of each patient. Examples of personalized medical devices are orthopedic implants…

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  • trinckle closes €3 million Series A financing round led by HZG Group, who will help trinckle manage the targeted company growth.

    trinckle closes €3 million Series A round led by HZG Group

    trinckle, a Berlin-based software specialist for design automation in additive manufacturing, has successfully closed its Series A financing round of €3 million – led by additive manufacturing specialist HZG Group. With this new investment, trinckle wants to further expand its technological capabilities, strengthen the team, and roll out the company’s…

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  • 3dpbm AM Software Focus 2022 eBook

    All digital production inevitably begins with DfAM, or “Design for Additive Manufacturing”, an acronym that indicates all those new approaches to product and part creation that are made possible by additive manufacturing. The 3dpbm AM Software Focus 2022 eBook looks at how these are made possible by parametric and generative…

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  • nTopology introduces 3rd generation latticing technology

    DfAM software specialist nTopology introduced its 3rd generation latticing technology, its “most advanced lattice generation tool”. The new tool addresses limitations in the ability to develop new features that unlock an even broader range of 3D printing applications. The new latticing technology release includes 37 blocks that have been in…

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  • Last-mile workflow customization, a 3DEXPERIENCE like no other

    Additive manufacturing technology offers flexibility for the entire value chain. Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for AM enables engineers to design and simulate highly optimized parts based on space allocation, loads, constraints, and manufacturing processes while also considering multi-material requirements (polymers, metals, and engineered materials) and specialized 3D printers produce these…

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  • 3DEO adds DfAM as core service. Offering design and engineering services to its customers throughout the entire product lifecycle.

    3DEO adds DfAM as core service

    Los Angeles-based 3DEO, one of the world’s highest volume metal 3D printing companies, has added design and engineering services to its portfolio of offerings, to better support its customers throughout the entire product lifecycle. 3DEO is introducing advanced end-to-end solutions to product and engineering teams across all industries, specializing in…

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  • Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia column digitally replicated. Luai Kurdi demonstrates the advantages of parametric design, digital fabrication.

    Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia column digitally replicated

    Luai Kurdi is the Founder and CEO of PRINT4D, a company based in Prague, Czech Republic, consisting of a group of engineers with a passion for technology and construction. PRINT4D utilizes the latest advancements in digital tools to revolutionize how the environment around us is imagined and constructed. According to…

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  • Altair acquires generative design software startup, Gen3D. Expanding the company's design technology for additive manufacturing.

    Altair acquires generative design software startup, Gen3D

    Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI, has acquired Gen3D, a technology startup providing design software for additive manufacturing, founded in 2018, by academics at the University of Bath, UK. Gen3D…

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  • 3D micro-architected implants optimize orthopedics

    As we know by now, additive manufacturing technology has been around for a while and is evolving every day, but design is still the key to unlocking the full potential of this technology. Considering this, researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have published their recent work on the…

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