Evangelos Tsirogiannis, George-Christopher Vosniakos

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Design optimization for Additive Manufacturing is demonstrated by the example of an industrial robot link. The part is first redesigned so that its shape details are compatible with the requirements of the Selective Laser Sintering technique. Subsequently, the SIMP method of topology optimization is utilized on commercially available software in order to obtain the optimum design of the part with restrictions applicable to Additive Manufacturing, namely member thickness, symmetry and avoidance of cavities and undercuts. Mass and strain energy are the design responses. The volume was constrained by a fraction of the initial mass. The desired minimization of maximum strain energy is expressed as an objective function. A 7% reduction in the mass of the part was achieved while its strength and stiffness remained unchanged. The process is supported by topology optimization software but it also involves some trial-and-error depending on the designer’s experience.


Topology Optimization, Robot Link, Lightweight, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Selective Laser Sintering

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