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Written by: Caitlin Oswald

As additive manufacturing continues to mature from a fad to a robust production process, complementary methods of designing for additive manufacturing need to develop. Today the majority of design engineers were trained under conventional education methods of subtractive manufacturing. Switching that paradigm will take more than adjusting a few rules, but an evolution in education. When designers are urged to be creative the design space box expands exponentially when using additive. This new idea of starting from nothing instead of starting from a block of material becomes limitless for young design engineers. However, the fast pace of additive manufacturing adoption requires those who previously trained for conventional to rapidly rethink the way they design to meet the vast new options afforded by additive. The following paper is Part A of a two-part series focused on Additive Manufacturing Design. The series will condense some of these limitless possibilities, and capture the advancing strategies of additive manufacturing design.

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