Homogenization Design and Layered Manufacturing of a Lower Control Arm in Project MAXWELL

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Johanson, Roy
Kikuchi, Noboru
Papalambros, Panos

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We briefly describe a new methodology for the design and manufacture of mechanical components and demonstrate the process for the design of an automobile suspension component. The methodology is a unique coupling between advanced technologies for product design and manufacture, which leads to the rapid realization of superior products. The concurrent design and analysis strategy yields information about the optimal structural layout, as well as details about the material composition. The fabrication of such designs requires unconventional manufacturing processes, such as layered manufacturing. Project MAXWELL, therefore, offers the possibility for the integration of layered manufacturing into the mainstream product development and fabrication process.


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