, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 608–615 | Cite as

Additive Manufacturing of Metal Cellular Structures: Design and Fabrication

  • Li YangEmail author
  • Ola Harrysson
  • Denis Cormier
  • Harvey West
  • Haijun Gong
  • Brent Stucker


With the rapid development of additive manufacturing (AM), high-quality fabrication of lightweight design-efficient structures no longer poses an insurmountable challenge. On the other hand, much of the current research and development with AM technologies still focuses on material and process development. With the design for additive manufacturing in mind, this article explores the design issue for lightweight cellular structures that could be efficiently realized via AM processes. A unit-cell-based modeling approach that combines experimentation and limited-scale simulation was demonstrated, and it was suggested that this approach could potentially lead to computationally efficient design optimizations with the lightweight structures in future applications.


Topology Optimization Cellular Structure Additive Manufacturing Selective Laser Melting Electron Beam Melting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Yang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ola Harrysson
    • 2
  • Denis Cormier
    • 3
  • Harvey West
    • 2
  • Haijun Gong
    • 1
  • Brent Stucker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Industrial & System EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.Department of Industrial & System EngineeringRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA

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