Exploring the use of additive manufacture for high value consumer products

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dc.contributor.author Dean, Lionel T. en
dc.contributor.author Pei, Eujin en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T10:21:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T10:21:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-22
dc.identifier.citation Dean, L. and Pei, E. (2012) Exploring the Use of Additive Manufacture for High Value Consumer Products. 13th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing (RDPM2012) Lancaster University, UK, 22nd June 2012 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/6120
dc.description.abstract High value consumer products have proved significant in the development of Additive Manufacturing (AM). Whilst the often whimsical outputs of this sector lack the economic importance of the aerospace industry or the humanitarian value of medical applications, they have arguably engaged the lay person in way that more technical fields have not. The consumer product market offers vast potential for AM. Added design value exploiting the free-form nature of the technology such as customisation and complexity can justify the use of a premium production process. To appeal to a market beyond the avant-garde buyer however, design investment should be matched by materials of quality and permanence. Metals AM processes, coupled with appropriate finishing, are offering materials indistinguishable from conventional manufacture. This paper will explore through case studies the increasing palette of materials and finishes available in high value goods from metal filled plastics through to sintered gold. Design factors relating to these processes will be discussed and the future needs of a developing market speculated upon. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher 13th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing (RDPM2012) en
dc.subject additive manufacture en
dc.subject high value consumer products en
dc.subject materials en
dc.subject finishing en
dc.title Exploring the use of additive manufacture for high value consumer products en
dc.type Conference en
dc.researchgroup Interactive and Media Technologies
dc.researchgroup Digital Building Heritage Group
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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