Drivers and Guidelines in Design for Qualification Using Additive Manufacturing in Space Applications
Paper in proceedings, 2019

In recent years, reducing cost and lead time in product development and qualification has become decisive to stay competitive in the space industry. Introducing Additive Manufacturing (AM) could potentially be beneficial from this perspective, but high demands on product reliability and lack of knowledge about AM processes make implementation challenging. Traditional approaches to qualification are too expensive if AM is to be used for critical applications in the near future. One alternative approach is to consider qualification as a design factor in the early phases of product development, potentially reducing cost and lead time for development and qualification as products are designed to be qualified. The presented study has identified factors that drive qualification activities in the space industry and these “qualification drivers” serve as a baseline for a set of proposed strategies for developing “Design for Qualification” guidelines for AM components. The explicit aim of these guidelines is to develop products that can be qualified, as well as appropriate qualification logics. The presented results provide a knowledge-base for the future development of such guidelines.

Design for X (DfX)

Design for Qualification

New product development

Additive Manufact uring

Space Applications


Christo Dordlofva

Luleå University of Technology

Olivia Borgue

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 the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED

22204334 (ISSN) 22204342 (eISSN)

Vol. 1 1 729-738

International conference of engineering design 2019 (ICED 2019)
Delft, Netherlands,

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Business Administration

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Materials Science



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