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Design Optimization Process for 3D Printed Designs

Andreas Vlahinos

Enginsoft USA LLC

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM), also known as 3D printing, is the forthcoming advanced manufacturing technique. In this fabrication process, unlike machining, the shape complexity is free.

Topology optimization enables the enormous potential of light weight designs.

A work flow within ANSYS Workbench that utilizes topology optimization and hybrid modeling that works with both solid and faceted geometry will be presented.


PhD, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1984)
Certificate, Structures Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (1981)
MS, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1980)
Diploma, Civil Engineering Structures Option, National Technical University of Athens Greece (1979)

Dr. Andreas Vlahinos is Principal of Advanced Engineering Solutions, a virtual resource for rapid new product development, and professor adjunct at CU-Boulder. Dr. Vlahinos received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

He has been a professor of structural engineering at the University of Colorado, teaching courses in Structural Mechanics and in Computer Aided Structural Engineering. Dr. Vlahinos was the recipient of the Professor of the Year Award multiple times. He has over 100 publications in areas of structural stability, structural dynamics, and design optimization. Additionally, he has received the R&D 100 award. Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) and Computer Aided Concurrent Engineering for several Government agencies such as NASA, NREL and DOE and industry partners such as IBM, Coors, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, Allison Engine Comp., Solar Turbines, Ball, Futech, American Standard, Kohler, Varian, Stewart & Stevenson, Harris Corp., General Dynamics OTS, TDM, PTC, MDI, Ford Motor Company and others.