Rethinking System Boundaries for Better Utilisation of Additive Manufacturing Potentials – A Case Study

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Pascal Felix Schmitt, Lukas Schn
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Rostock, Germany
Section: Design for Additive Manufacturing
Page(s): 1441-1450
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The potentials of additive manufacturing for objectives such as lightweight construction are not yet fully exploited. In this paper, the possibilities of integrative function and system modelling for this challenge will be discussed. In a design study, a triathlon trailer is designed considering the constraints of AM. A suitable system boundary is to be detected using the one-part device method. The findings of the study will help to understand in which form methods such as functional modelling can be applied or adapted for the application of additive manufacturing.

Keywords: design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), additive manufacturing, function modelling, lightweight design, conceptual design

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