NRL Scientists Receive ASME Best Paper Award for ‘Slicer’ Algorithm

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May 30, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: May 30 on

Three research scientists from the Computational Multiphysics Systems Lab, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have been awarded the Best Paper Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for their research on geometric algorithms known as ‘slicers’ used in additive manufacturing.

The “Best of Conference Paper” was awarded to Drs. Athanasios Iliopoulos, John Michopoulos, and John Steuben at the 2016 Computers and Information in Engineering Conference for their paper entitled “Implicit slicing for functionally tailored additive manufacturing.”

The primary focus of this research is to illustrate the numerous advantages of adopting an implicit slicing methodology that may significantly improve the state of the AM digital thread, reduce the deficiency of design data, and facilitate ongoing efforts to develop functionally imbued AM objects.

By re-introducing design intent into the toolpath generation process, it is likely that the implicit methodology will allow the AM of complex components that are better suited to their intended purpose. Additionally, it may be possible to achieve important improvements in production time, raw material, and energy consumption that will in turn reduce the cost of AM structures and components.