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Deformation simulation of additive manufacturing FDM parts: a case study for greenhouse clips

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Published

Publication date06/2011
Host publicationRapid Design Prototyping and Manufacturing: Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference on
PublisherCRDM Ltd
Pages155-162
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-9566643-1-0
Original languageEnglish

Conference

Conference12th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period17/06/11 → …

Conference

Conference12th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period17/06/11 → …

Abstract

Additive manufacturing technology is rapidly rising in the subject of product design and manufacturing industry connected with reverse engineering approach. Additive manufacturing can be defined basically as layer upon layer manufacturing process of the objects from 3-Dimensional CAD models. This technology provides very important advantages for the designers to evaluate their products more efficiently and quicker during design progress to obtain best designs for serial production. These advantages can be used for the issue of designing agricultural tools and machinery to get benefits from the newest high technology applications for the mechanization of the agricultural production. In this study, a sample greenhouse clips is considered. First, the clips 3D model was reverse engineered by helping 3D laser scanner and parametric design software. Subsequently tensile tests were carried out to obtain mechanical properties of the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) specimens. The data from the tensile tests were defined in the finite element analysis (FEA) simulations to see deformation behaviour of the clips and to evaluate the design. Simulation print outs from FEA were presented and at the last step, clips prototypes were fabricated by using additive manufacturing technology for visual and physical investigations. This work contributes to further research into usage of newest high technology for the agricultural machinery design, analysis and manufacturing subjects.