Title: Manufacturing simulation of alternate additive manufacturing method using cubes with CATIA macro programming

Authors: S. Sam Chelladurai; Rajesh Ranganathan; B. Sanjay Gandhi

Addresses: CSI College of Engineering, Ooty, Ketti, Tamil Nadu, India ' Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India ' Sri Ranganathar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: The present additive manufacturing methods limit to size and the time taken to manufacture the components is also limited because of the layering approach. A layer-less approach is proposed, which is based on arranging different sizes of cubes to achieve the final product. An algorithm is developed and manufacturing feasibility is simulated using CATIA software and its macros. It was found that the components can be manufactured using this additive manufacturing method without the layer approach. The proposed additive manufacturing method and the algorithm can be applied to additive manufacturing situations demanding very large components to be manufactured with less amount of time.

Keywords: additive manufacturing; large scale prototyping; information system in additive manufacturing; computer application in mechanical engineering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2019.099213

International Journal of Product Development, 2019 Vol.23 No.2/3, pp.162 - 184

Received: 23 Dec 2017
Accepted: 01 Oct 2018

Published online: 02 Apr 2019 *

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