Additive Manufacturing includes a number of techniques that combine a specific equipment with certain materials but some common principles concerning the product design and aspects related to manufacturing optimisations can be identified. Amongst these principles, some process parameters are included that contribute to determining the environmental sustainability of engineering products and, in particular, that affect their Life Cycle Impact Assessment. This paper aims to provide a method to find out build orientation for the additive stereo-lithography process by minimising the environmental impact. More precisely, environmental indicators related to product design, materials and machines are included and combined in order to estimate the process time and the volume of needed supports. Besides, Genetic Algorithms have been used to find out the product orientation that optimises the manufacturing process in terms of quantity and volume of used material, thus minimizing its environmental impact. The proposed method has been implemented by a new software application that is presented in a nutshell.

Optimisation of build orientation to achieve minimum environmental impact in Stereo-lithography

Mele M.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Campana G.
Project Administration
;
Lenzi F.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Cimatti B.
Membro del Collaboration Group
2019

Abstract

Additive Manufacturing includes a number of techniques that combine a specific equipment with certain materials but some common principles concerning the product design and aspects related to manufacturing optimisations can be identified. Amongst these principles, some process parameters are included that contribute to determining the environmental sustainability of engineering products and, in particular, that affect their Life Cycle Impact Assessment. This paper aims to provide a method to find out build orientation for the additive stereo-lithography process by minimising the environmental impact. More precisely, environmental indicators related to product design, materials and machines are included and combined in order to estimate the process time and the volume of needed supports. Besides, Genetic Algorithms have been used to find out the product orientation that optimises the manufacturing process in terms of quantity and volume of used material, thus minimizing its environmental impact. The proposed method has been implemented by a new software application that is presented in a nutshell.
Mele M.; Campana G.; Lenzi F.; Cimatti B.
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