GENERATIVE DESIGN OF TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZED STRUCTURES
Material follows internal load paths
With Topology Optimization we ensure the material is located only where it is required by the functionality, strength, and stiffness of the part, which results in substantial weight savings.
GENERATIVE DESIGN OF LATTICE OR CELLULAR STRUCTURES
Lattice or cellular structure is designed into a highly loaded structural part
For structural parts that require extra strength and stiffness, the lattice or cellular filling material reduces weight.
GENERATIVE DESIGN OF HYBRID BIONIC STRUCTURES
Material is solid on the surface and lattice or cellular structure is added internally
For parts that have a functional requirement for their external surface, the interior can be filled with lattice or cellular structure to make the part lighter, stronger and stiffer.
SOME EXAMPLES OF STRUCTURAL PARTS
SUITABLE FOR GENERATIVE DESIGN
AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Aircraft & Spacecraft Brackets
3D printed aircraft wing bracket for Airbus A350 XWB jets is much lighter. Image credit: Airbus Operations.
TOOLING & FIXTURES
This complex section of a large 3D printed tool is being used for part production at Dassault Falcon Jet. Image credit: Stratasys / Falcon Jet
Ultralight GM 3D-printed stainless steel seat bracket. Image credit: Autodesk
Unibody Markforged drone printed with Onyx, without supports, on a Mark X 3D Printer. Image source: Markforged
Bodies & Arms
Terminator-lookalike prosthetic arm includes strong structural pieces, multi-directional joints and electronics to power touch sensors. Image source: University of Nottingham
This titanium implant has a large number of cavities or weight-reducing recesses in otherwise solid parts. Image credit: EOS GmbH
Unique 3D-printed frame part design cannot be manufactured by traditional methods. Image credit: Robot Bike Co