On optimizing the build orientation problem using genetic algorithm

By Matos, M.A.; Rocha, A.M.A.C.; Pereira, A.I.

AIP Conference Proceedings



Build orientation is a critical issue in Additive manufacturing (AM), where three-dimensional objects are created layer-by-layer directly from a 3D CAD model, since it is associated with the object accuracy, the number of supports required and the processing time to produce the object. Finding the best build orientation in the AM will reduce, significantly, the building costs and will improve the object accuracy. This work presents the solutions obtained by the Genetic Algorithm (GA) in solving the part build orientation optimization problem, considering the staircase effect, support area characteristics and the building time of four models. Preliminary experiments show that GA gives competitive results in solving the build orientation problem when compared with other metaheuristics.


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