Complex lattice structures are revolutionizing the way we think about high-performance components. By engineering mechanical properties to give them exceptional strength-to-weight ratios, low density, and incredible energy absorption capabilities, lattice structures are paving the way for more sustainable outcomes in manufacturing and beyond.
For the creation and manufacture of optimized lattice structures, Altair offers versatile, robust design solutions employing advanced implicit modeling technologies and generative design capabilities. Using our cutting-edge lattice generation tools and simulation capabilities, users can achieve lighter, stronger, and more sustainable parts. Our complete design for manufacturing solution takes additive manufacturing to the next level.
Within Inspire, Altair’s comprehensive design for manufacturing (DfM) solution, design engineers can easily explore the benefits of engineering with lattice structures early in the design process. With a one-click lattice creation feature, leveraging advanced implicit modeling technology, engineers can quickly generate intricate lattice structures, fine-tune their properties and performance, then evaluate their additive manufacturing feasibility.
Sulis is a legacy additive manufacturing solution for lattice structures. With its implicit modeling now enhanced and integrated into Inspire, Sulis retains its niche for optimizing flow in complex fluid networks, routing, and interfacing components to be more compact and manufacturable with automated self-supporting fluid channels.
OptiStruct is a powerful finite element analysis solution that can design and optimize the performance of lattice structures in real-world applications, enabling designers to create optimized parts that meet even the most demanding requirements. With it, users can generate detailed reports on lattice structure performance, including stress, displacement, and strain information. Users can utilize this data to optimize designs further, ensuring that the final product is efficient and effective.
Lattice structures have many applications, from automotive and aerospace to medical implants and consumer goods.
One of the advantages of additive manufacturing (AM) is the ability to create fine-featured high-precision shapes, and many designers have taken advantage of this and added lattice or cellular structures to their components. These structures can extend the capabilities of the part beyond what’s possible using traditional manufacturing methods. Let’s explain the terminology AM engineers use when referring to lattice structures.
Multi-functional lattice structures utilizing metamaterials have the potential to radically change the future of products that we use in our daily lives and the way in which industries like aerospace and the medical field operate. There are many benefits to 3D-printed metamaterials that go way beyond common design for additive manufacturing (AM) techniques. Let’s look at the benefits of this innovative geometric design phenomenon.
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