Generation and mapping of minimally-restrictive manufacturability constraints for mechanical design problems

Albert E. Patterson, James T. Allison

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Abstract

Traditional design-for-manufacturing (DFM) strategies focus on efficiency and design simplification and tend to be too restrictive for optimization-based design methods; recent advances in manufacturing technologies have opened up many new and exciting design options, but it is necessary to have a wide design space in order to take advantage of these benefits. What is needed is a simple but effective approach for restricting the design space to designs which are guaranteed to be manufacturable, but which leave intact as much of the design space as possible. Work has been done in this area for some specific domains, but a general method for accomplishing this has not yet been refined. This article presents an exploration of this problem and developed a framework for mapping practical manufacturing knowledge into mathematical manufacturability constraints in mechanical design problem formulations. The steps for completing this mapping and the enforcing the constraints are discussed and demonstrated. Three case studies (a milled heat exchanger fin, a 3-D printed topologically-optimized beam, and a pulley requiring a hybrid additive-subtractive process for production) were completed to demonstrate the concepts; these concepts include problem formulation, the generation and enforcement of the manufacturability constraints, and fabrication of the resulting designs with and without constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication24th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 13th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859223
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
EventASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2019Aug 21 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume4

Conference

ConferenceASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period8/18/198/21/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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