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Application of Simulated Annealing in Improving the Performance of Stereolithography

Sofianopoulou, Stella (2005) Application of Simulated Annealing in Improving the Performance of Stereolithography. In: Virtual Modelling and Rapid Manufacturing. CRC Press, London, pp. 501-508. ISBN 0 415 39062 1

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Effective utilisation of Stereolithography (SL) mainly relies on orienting and packing parts optimally on the fabrication platform of the machine, so to achieve maximum space utilisation and minimum
build time, without of course compromising surface quality. The present work focuses on an effective way to pack parts optimally on the fabrication platform of SL machine. Due to technical constrains set by SL technology, the original 3-D packing problem is simplified by one dimension by projecting each one of the parts on the build platform (x-y plane) and packing their projections instead of the actual parts themselves. In order to solve the resulting 2-D packing problem a heuristic method has been adopted. The heuristic method consists of a Simulated Annealing algorithm employing a polynomial-time cooling schedule and a new improved placement rule.

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Depositing User: Stella Sofianopoulou


Item ID: 10131
ISBN: 0 415 39062 1

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ORCID for Stella Sofianopoulou: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 15:59
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 12:01


Author: Stella Sofianopoulou ORCID iD

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism


Business and Management

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