Design Optimization and Validation for Metal Additive Manufacturing


Metal Additive Manufacturing, Structural Optimization, Validation


For aerospace applications, metal additive manufacturing bears potentials for lightweight design and cost-effective low volume productions. Unfortunately, the development and design of mechanical systems is complex. The build process as well as Design for (metal) Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) principles influence the design of structural components and are currently under investigation.


Within the framework of the project, optimisation-based product development processes are being investigated, which should guarantee both an increase in performance and the possibility of certification. For this purpose, components are redesigned after extensive material characterisation. Taking into account and further developing DfAM approaches, lightweight structures are designed by means of topology optimisation and improved until they are ready for series production. In this context, activities required for the certification of AM-components are also part of the PROVING project, with the focus on virtual, simulation-based verification methods.

Project Duration

July 2021 until June 2025


Boeing Deutschland GmbH, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, EASA, EES Eppinger Engineering Solutions GmbH, IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, MSC.Software GmbH, Oerlikon AM GmbH, GmbH, Technische Universität Berlin.


Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.