Production of an Office Stapler by Material Extrusion Process, using DfAM as Optimization Strategy

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Carolina Oliveira
Mariana Maia
José Costa


For the last few decades, the rapid growth of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies has been seeable. It is expected to keep maturing continuously due to its advantages compared to conventional manufacturing technologies: flexibility, reliability, energy consumption, and material efficiency. This research article addresses the development and production of a stapler using the Material Extrusion AM process. It is intended to show the development steps to redesign an everyday stapler, into an added-value tool, from the selection and fixture of the CAD model and generative design through Fusion 360 to its optimization on nTopology, simulation, and plot of the part in Eiger.


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