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Design for metal AM - a beginner's guide

Summary

Additive manufacturing (AM) gives us tremendous freedom to create components with free-form and intricate features, direct from CAD and without the need for expensive tooling. These complex designs would be impractical, if not impossible, to produce conventionally. Additive components are often lighter, more efficient and better adapted to their application.

The article guides the AM designer on how to:

  • Minimise residual stress
  • Design for best practice orientation
  • Use primary and secondary supports for AM
  • Optimise the AM part

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About the author

Marc Saunders, Director of AM Applications

Marc Saunders - Director of Global Solutions Centres

Marc Saunders has over 25 years' experience in high tech manufacturing. In previous positions at Renishaw, he played a key role in developing the company award-winning RAMTIC automated machining platform, and has also delivered turnkey metrology solutions to customers in the aerospace sector.

Marc manages Renishaw's global network of Additive Manufacturing Solutions Centres, enabling customers who are considering deploying AM as a production process to gain hands-on experience with the technology before committing to a new facility.

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