Due to high constructive freedoms, additive manufacturing processes are gaining increasing interest in industry and research. For example, the VDI confirms that the technology is of outstanding importance for Germany as a business location: additive manufacturing processes promote the implementation of the Industry 4.0 strategy, secure jobs, shorten transport routes and offer opportunities for new business models. At the same time, the industrial applicability of additive manufacturing processes has so far been rather low due to various limiting factors. For the industrial application of AM knowledge within the strategic product planning, software for AM-compliant design as well as methods for interdisciplinary cooperation in product development, which take a holistic view from the idea to the products as well as the entire process, are missing.
Addressing these problems, the aim of the project "OptiAMix" is the multi-target-optimized and fully automated component development for additive manufacturing processes throughout the product development process. In order to be able to carry out a multi-target optimization with regard to diverging factors, such as low costs or a load-oriented design, a new software tool is developed for AM-compliant design in terms of technology, post processing, load and cost and combined with known software tools. Thus, the increasing product complexity can be mastered and a high level of data security can be guaranteed. At the same time, methods will be developed and consolidated to generate and use the relevant information; these include, for example, the potential estimation of additive manufacturing processes, design guidelines as well as process and material parameters, which are needed for the requirement-oriented, automated design and thus considerably shorten the design time. The process chain itself is also considered within OptiAMix, a standardized and optimized solution is developed together with the project partners, and a methodology for the integration of additive manufacturing into the existing processes of the companies is developed.