Expediting build time, material, and cost estimation for material extrusion processes to enable mobile applications

Shantanab Dinda, Devansh Modi, Timothy William Simpson, Saish Tedia, Christopher B. Williams

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Abstract

Development of Material Extrusion systems for 3D printing and their increase in accessibility has been instrumental in the rapid growth of individuals with hands-on experience in additive manufacturing. Fabricating parts using Material Extrusion has progressed from being a novel and expensive ordeal to a cheap, easy, and relatively fast method. However, this necessitates that the user understands the circumstances under which 3D printing is appropriate for a given part. This paper introduces software algorithms and an "App" to help users gauge the feasibility of fabricating parts using material extrusion. The algorithm uses novel voxel-based manufacturability analyses, which takes the desired STL file as input and generates a voxelized model with supports. The software estimates build time, weight of material required for the part and supports, and the cost of 3D printing based on specified machine parameters, allowing users to make an informed decision on process selection. The visuals generated by the algorithm also allow the user to determine the appropriate build orientation. The algorithm's predictions are compared to experimental results for validation, with the final version of the code serving as the backbone for a mobile "App" built for rapid visual evaluation of parts in terms of orientation, build time, and cost of printing. Ongoing and future work is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858127
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 9 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume2A-2017

Other

OtherASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period8/6/178/9/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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    Dinda, S., Modi, D., Simpson, T. W., Tedia, S., & Williams, C. B. (2017). Expediting build time, material, and cost estimation for material extrusion processes to enable mobile applications. In 43rd Design Automation Conference (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 2A-2017). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2017-68230