Simulation and optimization framework for additive manufacturing processes

Yuhaowei Zhou, Han Chen, Yunlong Tang, Sainath Gopinath, Xin Xu, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao

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Different from the traditional subtractive manufacturing, additive manufacturing - a more flexible and material saving manufacturing technology has been developed in these recent years. This paper presents a simulation and optimization framework for Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes in practical industry. Starting from multi-level part design, to process optimization and planning, from energy and material consumption to the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) evaluation, the paper presents a complete practical working flow of AM technologies. Four models are developed within the framework: the design model, the process optimization and planning model, the energy and material consumption model and the production model. All the four models connect subsequently one another. Their concepts and corresponding methods will be presented in order in each chapter of the paper. A close optimization loop can be formed by these models. The feedbacks of each model will be used to optimize the design as well as the process planning. Preliminary experiments data are generalized and analysed by each model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, ICIDM 2014
EditorsSofiane Achiche, Anjali Awasthi, Chih-Hsing Chu, Chun Wang, Caterina Rizzi, Yong Zeng, Yong Chen, Yong Chen, Weiming Shen
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479962709
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 13 Aug 201415 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, ICIDM 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing 2014
Abbreviated titleICIDM 2014


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Energy and Material Consumption
  • KPIs
  • Multi-level Design Method
  • Process Planning
  • Simulation and Optimization

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