Chapter . The reality of functionally graded material products

R. Knoppers, J.W. Gunnink, J. van den Hout, W. vanVliet

TNO Science and Industry. De Rondom 1, 5600 HE Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Abstract

Rapid Manufacturing utilizes the application of different materials in parts by stacking a sequence of layers. Based on the requirements of the part, mixtures of materials, so-called Functionally Graded Materials, can be used to compose the product functionality. This process depends completely on the availability of CAD information of the part geometry. Unfortunately, commercially available CAD-systcms do not allow the design of graded material structures. TNO developed a computer tool which enables the user to specify Functionally Graded Materials. ...

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