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11/15/2013

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Researchers headed by the University of Science and Technology of China have demonstrated a design optimization scheme that decreases the material needed to 3D print a solid object by 85 percent. They used, as an input test model, a version of the famous statue known as the flying horse of Gansu, shown here. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers headed by the University of Science and Technology of China have demonstrated a design optimization scheme that decreases the material needed to 3D print a solid object by 85 percent. They used, as an input test model, a version of the famous statue known as the flying horse of Gansu, shown here.

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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notarboca
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Re: AM materials standards
notarboca   11/17/2013 4:38:18 PM
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I agree, Ann, the ASTM standards will provide a framework to stand on as the strength and durability debate continues.

a.saji
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Re: AM materials standards
a.saji   11/17/2013 4:17:42 AM
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@far911: Respect !!! What is your opinion on this.. Which of this is important most for you .. Durability or Cost ????

Greg M. Jung
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Optimized Support Structures
Greg M. Jung   11/16/2013 7:44:29 PM
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I am especially interested in the optimized support structure (slide 3) which shows a dramatically reduced amount of support structure material being used.  This is can be very significant for certain applications.  Not only will this save money (less material used), but will also allow for a much faster cleanup of parts (saves time).  In addition to this, certain designs have very delicate features.  By creating a minum amount of material to remove on these delicate features, part breakage and damage can also be reduced.

far911
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Re: AM materials standards
far911   11/16/2013 5:30:46 AM
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I still believe durability will be an issue along with cost effectiveness.

Ann R. Thryft
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AM materials standards
Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2013 11:50:30 AM
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Although I listed it last, the ASTM standards effort to determine the mechanical properties of materials made with AM processes just might end up being the most important of these. There's continuing debate in the industry about the strength and durability of materials made by layering, and a metric for discussing and assessing them is a good start.

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