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Topology Optimization with a Manufacturability Objective

Robbins, Joshua R.

Part distortion and residual stress are critical factors for metal additive manufacturing (AM) because they can lead to high failure rates during both manufacturing and service. We present a topology optimization approach that incorporates a fast AM process simulation at each design iteration to provide predictions of manufacturing outcomes (i.e., residual stress, distortion, residual elastic energy) that can be optimized or constrained. The details of the approach and implementation are discussed, and an example design is presented that illustrates the efficacy of the method.