1.1 This guide is applicable during the design of all types of products, devices, systems, components, or parts that are to be fabricated by any type of additive manufacturing (AM) system. This guide is meant to serve primarily as guidance and best practices when using AM in product design. These guidelines help determine which design considerations can be used in a design project or to take advantage of the capabilities of an AM process. General guidance and identification of issues are supported, but specific design solutions and process-specific or material-specific data are not supported. The intended audience comprises three populations of users: 1.1.1 Designers who are designing products to be fabricated in an AM system and their managers, 1.1.2 Students who are learning mechanical design and computer-aided design, and 1.1.3 Developers of AM design guidelines and design guidance systems. 1.2 SI units will be used throughout this standard. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Additive manufacturing differs from other manufacturing processes for several reasons and these differences lead to unique design opportunities and freedoms that should be highlighted in a new standard.
Keywordsdesign considerations; design opportunities; design warnings
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