Design of 3D-Printed Titanium Compliant MechanismsThis paper describes 3D-printed titanium compliant mechanisms for aerospace applications. It is meant as a primer to help engineers design compliant, multi-axis, printed parts that exhibit high performance. Topics covered include brief introductions to both compliant mechanism design and 3D printing in titanium, material and geometry considerations for 3D printing, modeling techniques, and case studies of both successful and unsuccessful part geometries. Key findings include recommended flexure geometries, minimum thicknesses, and general design guidelines for compliant printed parts that may not be obvious to the first time designer.
Merriam, Ezekiel G. (Brigham Young Univ. Provo, UT, United States)
Jones, Jonathan E. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Howell, Larry L. (Brigham Young Univ. Provo, UT, United States)
April 2, 2015
May 1, 2014
Publication: The 42nd Aerospace Mechanism Symposium