The PES team have experience of utilising additive manufacturing within the design process as a material and also as a solution & application in other engineering design projects.

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Design for manufacturing (DFM) has typically meant that designers should tailor their designs to eliminate manufacturing difficulties and minimise costs. However, the improvement of rapid prototyping (RP), or Additive Manufacturing (AM), technologies provides an opportunity to re-think DFM to take advantage of the unique capabilities of this technology.
Due to the advances of additive manufacture (AM) 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.
These unique capabilities of Additive Manufacture include:
◊ 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 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.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies, enable the fabrication of parts and concepts that are geometrically complex, have graded material compositions, and can be customized.
Whilst the knowledge and principles developed in design engineering are critical in any design, this technology has added a new dimension which can lead to designs that are very geometrically complex and outside of the traditional design thinking.
The unique capabilities of AM technologies enable new opportunities for pushing design boundaries and customisation, very significant improvements in product performance, multi-functionality, and lower overall manufacturing costs.
In order to take advantage of AM capabilities, new design and CAD methodologies must be developed. Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) which is similar to DFM principles, has a similar end result, the process and applied design thinking is very different from the traditional route.
The PES team design methodology 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.
We can help to develop a solution for you and look at the opportunities of applying AM as a solution to your design challenges.

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