Development of a Magnetic Levitation System for Additive Manufacturing: Simulation Analyses

Parichit Kumar, Yuze Huang, Ehsan Toyserkani, Mir Behrad Khamesee

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Magnetic levitation has been always a very promising field. Due to its versatility, it has garnered interest in field energy harvesting, high speed transportation, and high precision micro-manipulation amongst other fields. However, its application within the sphere of additive manufacturing (AM) has been negligible. Thus, for the first time, the work conducted here works with the development of a novel technique utilizing magnetic levitation for stable suspension for AM. Current AM techniques are heavily dependent on building the part of a substrate. The substrate limits the use of multiple material nozzles and also requires significant post-processing. The use of the principle of magnetic levitation can bypass the need for this substrate. Primary emphasis is placed on the computation of eddy currents and Lorentz force produced from the magnetic levitation system, and also on finding the relevant parameters affecting several output parameters such as position of levitation, force experienced by the object suspended, etc. A temperature analysis is also conducted to ensure that the principles used here are valid. ANSYS Ansoft Maxwell modules are used to determine these input parameters. The work is subsequently validated through the transient module of the same module. The results presented here depict the viability of the system within the AM environment and the successful elimination of the need for a substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8000407
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number8
Early online date29 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This work was supported by the umbrella of the Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) Network through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).


  • Additive manufacturing (AM)
  • eddy currents
  • magnetic levitation
  • stable suspension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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