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Integrative technology evaluation model (ITEM) for Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
Materials processing technology : Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 2011 International Conference on Materials and Products Manufacturing Technology (ICMPMT 2011), October 28 - 30, 2011, Chengdu, China
Durnten-Zurich: TTP, 2011 (Advanced materials research 337)
|International Conference on Materials and Products Manufacturing Technology (ICMPMT) <2011, Chengdu>|
| Conference Paper|
|Fraunhofer ILT ()|
This paper focuses on the evaluation of manufacturing processes that are competing with Selective Laser Melting (SLM). In 3D-part production of serial parts SLM is starting to be an economic choice for manufacturing. An integrated technology evaluation model (ITEM) is presented that helps decision makers to determine the potential of SLM while comparing with conventional manufacturing technologies. In contrast to conventional evaluation methodologies the ITEM considers interactions between product and process innovations generated by SLM. The paper closes with a technical and economical evaluation of a test part from Festo AG to validate two important parts of the ITEM.