Design automation for customised and large-scale additive manufacturing: a case study on custom kayaks

Drew Lithgow, Cara Morrison, George Pexton, Massimo Panarotto, Müller Jakob, Lars Almefelt, Andrew McLaren

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers the potential to increase the ability to customise large-scale plastic components. However, a substantial amount of manual work is still required during the customisation process, both in design and manufacturing.
This paper looks into how the additive manufacturing of mass customised large-scale products can be supported. Data was collected through interaction with industrial partners and potential customers in a case study regarding the customisation of kayaks.
As a result, the paper proposes a model-based methodology which combines design automation with a user interface.
The results point to the benefit of the proposed methodology in terms of design efficiency, as well as in terms of displaying results to the end user in an understandable format.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-708
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design: Responsible Design for our Future - Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019
Conference number: 22


  • additive manufacturing
  • design methods
  • product modelling
  • kayaks

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