Additive Layer and Design for Manufacture
What can we offer?
- Efficient manufacturing solutions which are based on the principles of Design for Manufacture (DFM).
- Our team have many years of experience when using Design for Manufacture and Additive Layer Manufacturing which has been used within the design process as a material, a solution and an application.
- We design a methodology which is based around process-structure-property-behaviour and we can support and help you to design and develop a new concept or optimise a current design.
- Calculations are always carried out where required, through the software and rechecked with hand calculations.
- Materials are selected through a performance and operational environment brief with the client, whilst considering budget, manufacturing and sustainability requirements.
What is Design For Manufacture?
- This is the process of designing or engineering a product to facilitate the efficient and practical manufacturing process in order to reduce time, cost and complexity.
- DFM will allow potential issues to be identified and resolved in the design phase which ultimately reduces cost and risk downstream. The design approach of a component will have an enormous effect on the cost of manufacture.
- This links to a new key area involved with Design for Manufacture, known as Additive Manufacturing or Additive Layer Manufacturing.
What is Additive Layer Manufacturing?
- DFM has typically meant that designers would tailor their designs to eliminate manufacturing difficulties and minimise costs.
- Improvements in rapid prototyping (RP), or Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) technologies provide an opportunity to re-think DFM to take advantage of the unique capabilities of this technology.
- Due to the advances of additive manufacture (ALM) technologies, it is now being commonly used as a final solution for small batch manufacture and not just for models or prototype evaluation.
- This technology and process is now being used in multiple sectors including medical, aerospace and fabricated moulds to name but a few.
Why use Additive Layer Manufacturing?
- The unique capabilities of ALM technologies enable new opportunities for pushing design boundaries and customisation, very significant improvements in product performance, multi-functionality, and lower overall manufacturing costs.
- Shape complexity: it is possible to build virtually any shape; lot sizes of one are practical; customised geometries are achieved readily; and shape optimisation is enabled.
- Material complexity: material can be processed in one point, or one layer, at a time, enabling the manufacture of parts with complex material compositions and designed property gradients. It should be noted new materials are being developed almost on a weekly basis.