Additive Manufacturing Evaluation Tool for Design Studies

Nicola Garzaniti, Alessandro Golkar, Paolo Maggiore

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In recent years, the engineering community realized the potential for additive manufacturing (AM) to be a game-changer in product development. Nevertheless, it is not yet possible to fully take advantage of this technology because it implies a different approach to engineering design. The dependencies of AM on related technologies, such as material modeling, design tools, computing, and process design represent a challenge for engineers. A comprehensive system engineering approach is needed to address the introduction of AM in new design projects. This article proposes a systems design approach to evaluate the use of AM in the development of new systems at the early stage of design. The methodology aims to provide a preliminary estimation of performance, cost, and time of parts manufactured using additive techniques. The article introduces a set of design drivers and criteria to standardize the design process and support the manufacturing technique decision-making process. The methodology is experimentally tested and validated by evaluating tradeoffs for two different case studies considering different engineering parameters. The analysis of the results shows a good consistency between framework predictions and experimental evidence, with an uncertainty level lower than 5%. The reliability of obtained results is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8844979
Pages (from-to)4382-4393
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


  • Additive manufacturing (AM)
  • cost benefit analysis
  • product development
  • systems engineering


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