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Title: Multi-Objective Process Optimization of Additive Manufacturing: A Case Study on Geometry Accuracy Optimization

Despite recent research efforts improving Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems, quality and reliability of AM built products remains as a challenge. There is a critical need to achieve process parameters optimizing multiple mechanical properties or geometry accuracy measures simultaneously. The challenge is that the optimal value of various objectives may not be achieved concurrently. Most of the existing studies aimed to obtain the optimal process parameters for each objective individually, resulting in duplicate experiments and high costs. In this study we investigated multiple geometry accuracy measures of parts fabricated by Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) system. An integrated framework for systematically designing experiments is proposed to achieve multiple sets of FFF process parameters resulting in optimal geometry integrity. The proposed method is validated using a real world case study. The results show that optimal properties are achieved in a more efficient manner compared with existing methods.
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Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
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National Science Foundation