In the last decades, the flourishing of Additive Manufacturing (AM) promoted innovative design solutions in many different sectors. Despite the numerous advantages of AM technology, there are still open challenges in the field. In Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) structures the layer-by-layer manufacturing process induces anisotropy in the material properties of the structures. The correct characterization of the mechanical properties is fundamental in the design and development stages but at the same time difficult to achieve. The experimental approach can be extremely long and expensive. An alternative is the use of an accurate numerical approach and performing a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the geometry which is effectively printed. However, to the best of the authors' knowledge, there is not a common and well-established procedure to reconstruct the real geometry which is generated after the slicing process. In this paper, starting from the information provided by the G-CODE, an easy-to-use, and reproducible methodology to reconstruct the printed geometry is presented. The performance of the innovative approach is evaluated via qualitative observations by referring to several case studies. The results are thoroughly analysed, and future trends and research needs are highlighted.

Geometry reconstruction for additive manufacturing: From G-CODE to 3D CAD model

Bacciaglia A.
Primo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Falcetelli F.
Secondo
Conceptualization
;
Troiani E.
Resources
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Di Sante R.
Supervision
;
Liverani A.
Project Administration
;
Ceruti A.
Writing – Review & Editing
2022

Abstract

In the last decades, the flourishing of Additive Manufacturing (AM) promoted innovative design solutions in many different sectors. Despite the numerous advantages of AM technology, there are still open challenges in the field. In Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) structures the layer-by-layer manufacturing process induces anisotropy in the material properties of the structures. The correct characterization of the mechanical properties is fundamental in the design and development stages but at the same time difficult to achieve. The experimental approach can be extremely long and expensive. An alternative is the use of an accurate numerical approach and performing a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the geometry which is effectively printed. However, to the best of the authors' knowledge, there is not a common and well-established procedure to reconstruct the real geometry which is generated after the slicing process. In this paper, starting from the information provided by the G-CODE, an easy-to-use, and reproducible methodology to reconstruct the printed geometry is presented. The performance of the innovative approach is evaluated via qualitative observations by referring to several case studies. The results are thoroughly analysed, and future trends and research needs are highlighted.
Bacciaglia A.; Falcetelli F.; Troiani E.; Di Sante R.; Liverani A.; Ceruti A.
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