When designing hybrid products by AM it is necessary to think on design for assembly. The assembly process is not after production but within the production phase. Nevertheless, the same principles of design for assembly are implemented: Design parts with self-locating features, design for component symmetry for insertion, design for a base part to locate other components and, minimize reorientation of parts during assembly.
AM ceramic elements embedded in polymeric covers articulated with a hinge.
Research team: Álvaro Sampaio (coordination); André Lima (design and development).