Function modelling and constraints replacement for additive manufacturing in satellite component design
Paper in proceeding, 2018

Additive Manufacturing is increasingly attracting interest among manufacturers of space components, mainly due to its high design freedom, capability for achieving weight reduction and for being cost-efficiently produced in low volumes. However, AM is a less mature technology compared to established manufacturing methods. This lack of maturity concerns especially the area of AM manufacturing constraints as the knowledge about them is limited and because they mature over time, as the technology evolves. The lack of knowledge hinders designers to fully take advantage of AM, fearing that the technology will affect product reliability. This situation is particularly emphasized in space components, since they are subject to high reliability requirements. In this paper, a methodology based on function decomposition and constraint modelling is proposed as a basis for re-design of products using AM. In the methodology, the original functions, design solutions and manufacturing constraints of a product are identified. Then, the original manufacturing constraints are removed and replaced with manufacturing constraints for AM. Afterwards, functions and design solutions on the function model are modified and a new part geometry is designed and eventually realised in CAD. This methodology has been applied on a case study featuring a satellite sub-component.


Function modelling


manufacturing constraints

functional decomposition


Olivia Borgue

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Jakob Müller

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Massimo Panarotto

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Ola Isaksson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Proceedings of NordDesign: Design in the Era of Digitalization, NordDesign 2018

13th Biennial Norddesign Conference, NordDesign 2018
Linköping , ,

RIQAM - Radical Innovation and Qualification using Additive Manufacturing

Swedish National Space Board (59/17), 2017-08-01 -- 2018-12-31.

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