Design for the combination of additive manufacturing parts with products already developed – An hybrid design approach
Authors: Álvaro M. Sampaio, Carina Lopes, Adriana Santos, André Lima, António J. Pontes
Abstract: The geometric freedom allowed by additive manufacturing (AM) has driven the development of products based on human-centric design through functional and aesthetic customization. The combination of personalised AM parts with products already developed is a disruptive and flexible approach that may create optimized product-user interactions. For this, critical comprehension on the manufacturing process is required to ensure appropriate mechanical connection between the new and existing components of the product. This paper addresses a method for product optimization based on this hybrid design approach. A specific case of a musical instrument that was redesigned for greater ergonomic compatibility with users was considered to describe the sequential development steps.
Keywords: Additive manufacturing, Hybrid method, Design rules, Musical instrument
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