Simulating the am production facility: A configurable software tool for strategic facility-level planning

Eldar Shakirov, Kaitlyn Gee, Haden Quinlan, A. John Hart, Clement Fortin, Ighor Uzhinsky

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Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (AM) - one of several core digital technologies in “Industry 4.0” - is increasingly being deployed in industrial-scale contexts. The successful serial production of end-use polymer and metal components has demonstrated the possibility of AM as a primary production process in several applications. However, one of the principal challenges to greater adoption is a lack of organizational mastery over AM's implementation in production contexts, and, more specifically, the absence of clear decision-making tools to facilitate exploration of implementation scenarios. To this end, this work proposes the use of a discrete-event simulation-based software modelling tool to investigate the influences of different facility-level planning decisions on techno-economic characteristics of serial production by AM. By changing key parameters, this tool enables users to observe variation in part cost, identify the contributions of individual system elements to part cost, and assess overall system throughput. The tool enables users to identify locally optimal solutions and make corresponding planning decisions, and to explore limiting cases of cost and lead time. In conclusion, we identify the limitations in the current modeling approach, and propose additional directions for future study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Processes; Manufacturing Systems; Nano/Micro/Meso Manufacturing; Quality and Reliability
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791884263
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 3 Sep 2020 → …

Publication series

NameASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2020
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/09/20 → …

Keywords

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Cost Modeling
  • Discrete Event Simulation
  • Selective Laser Melting

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