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Additive Manufacturing in the TruePlanning® Hardware Models

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In 2015-2016, PRICE Systems teamed with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center for a project to build a cost estimating model for additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. PRICE® researchers and a team of Lehigh seniors and graduate students set out to investigate cost drivers, collect cost and technical data, derive CERs, and develop an approach for including 3D printed parts within a larger parametric estimate. After working with our industry partners ProtoCAM, Imperial 3D, and Picatinny Arsenal, we created a cost model and estimating guidance that debuted in TruePlanning 2016.

The research began with a literature review, creation of an initial model structure, and experimentation in the Lehigh University Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (LUAML). The team designed experiments to identify the major cost drivers, such as weight, dimensions, part shape/intricacy, material type, printer, etc. Based on the literature review and research, a structure was developed to provide estimating guidance within the PRICE TruePlanning Hardware models.

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