Additive manufacturing is an integral part of our research and education at the chair Design Informatics. The Design -Build approach in combination with performance driven design environment asks for alternative manufacturing solutions. The implementation and development of additive manufacturing capabilities provides this alternative.
The AM lab is developed together with the chair of Structural Design to support the development and fabrication of multi functional, mono
and minimal material design solutions at different scales. Big and small. We develop our design concepts and fabrication capability in unison with a strong focus on design and sustainable material use .
The AM lab provides a place for development and experimentation in the field of additive manufacturing for students and researchers at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft
MACHINE CUSTOMIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The AM lab is not only a facility. It is a development lab for alternative methods of additive manufacturing. This development is taken form in context of specific design tasks and processes. An holistic approach which couples a design for additive manufacturing approach with customization and development of the additive manufacturing capability.
This bi directional rationalization process is applied in a range of projects in collaboration with other universities and industry.
The development of additive manufacturing capability focuses on producing complex , large , sustainable and multi-functional designs.
Knowledge about the printing process and its machines is essential for producing innovative solutions for the complex design tasks.
A wide range of research projects are are an integral part of the AM lab and drive innovation All the projects are part of a collaboration with other universities and with industry.
Currently there are 5 projects related to the AM lab:
What we do
One of the key focal points of the chair of Design Informatics in research and education is perFormance driven design. This integrated computational design approach focuses not only on performance and sustainable design it also integrates the rationalization of the design for an optimized manufacturing process. The result is a holistic approach which enables the development of a comprehensive sustainable design and manufacturing strategy. Additive manufacturing forms a key element in this strategy. It supports the biomimetic approach of defining complex form in in relation to functionality in a mono and minimal material manufacturing process. This resulting highly innovative integrated computational design and manufacturing environment forms the basis of the research and education supported and developed by AM Lab.
The research focuses on 3 topics within the AM Lab :
• Design for Additive Manufacturing. Optimization of the additive manufacturing process in relation to the design is essential for large scale application. Although there are several strategies to approach the problem of large scale additive manufacturing, they have a common factors which makes it challenging to apply. A major task of the AM lab is to define these factors and provide solutions for the limitations of the additive manufacturing process.
• Materials. Much of the innovation in the field of additive manufacturing is driven by new materials. At the AM Lab we work on the development and application of Fused Filament Fabrication and SLA printing in the context of the properties of the materials. Materials play a key role for an effective application of AM in architecture.
• Developing AM capability. Several machines used at the AM Lab are built at the Lab. This capability is used to design and customize machines for specific purposes in order to enhance their functionality for a specific task. Optimization of AM capability is key in developing large scale application of AM in architecture.
THE AM LAB
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY
The AM Lab provides several options for manufacturing of small size objects in a variety of materials with a wide range of material properties. These facilities are widely used by students, graduate students and researches for innovative use of additive manufacturing and print material research. The FDM and SLA printers can print a maximum volume of 210 by 220 by 270 mm
The larger machines are especially used for testing the rationalization of the design process for additive manufacturing and the development of high volume hot and cold end's. The large Delta, developed for the PULSE project is used for research as well as education. An important part of the research focuses on the rationalization of the print process in an integrated computational design environment. Both the Delta and the UR5 are used in this research. The maximum size of the print volume is 1000 by 1500 by 1500 mm
Soon to be added. A large robot arm. This will substantially enhance the capability of producing large parts. Producing objects with a size of 4000 mm will be possible
For the 3TU project Printbots an autonomous mobile 3D printer is developed in collaboration with the TUe. This printer will be fully autonomous and untethered providing maximum freedom in printing large scale object. A highly optimized design and machine are essential for minimal material and energy use, prolonging its autonomous printing process.
Please feel free to contact us or drop by at the Lab if you have any questions regarding the Additive Manufacturing Lab, our research projects or our education related to additive manufacturing. The AM Lab is located at room 01 west 030. You can also mail us if you want to use the AM Lab for you graduation or research project.
A wide range of materials are used in the AM Lab. Primarily PLA and PET-G are used in the FDM process. Both materials can be transparent and opaque. Stronger material like carbon reinforced co-polyster, Polycarbonate and tougher material like Nylon are only a few of the possible materials which can be applied in the FDM process.
The Form1+ SLA printer supports printing transparent and opaque material with different properties. The accuracy of the printer is higher than the FDM printer.
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