Developing cohesive finite element simulation models of the pull-up process in bottom-up stereo-lithography (SLA) system can significantly increase the reliability and through-put of the bottom-up SLA process. Pull-up process modeling investigates relation between motion profile and crack initialization and propagation during the separation process. However, finite element (FE) simulation of the pull-up process is computationally very expensive and time-consuming. This paper outlines a method to quickly predict the separation stress distribution based on 2D shape grid mapping and neural network. Sixteen cohesive FE models with various cross-section shapes form our database. Specific 2D shape grid mapping was utilized to describe each shape by generating a sorted binary vector. A backpropagation (BP) neural network was then trained using binary vectors, material properties, and FE simulated pull-up separation stress distribution. Given material properties, the trained model can then be used to predict the pull-up separation stress distribution of a new shape. The results demonstrate that the proposed data driven method can drastically reduce computing costs. The comparison between the predicted values by the data driven approach and simulated FE models verify the validity of the proposed method.

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