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Designing Lattice Structures for Polymer Additive Manufacturing
March 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ESTFree
3D printed polymer lattice structures can provide unique, high-performance characteristics. For CCM Hockey, this meant replacing the protective foam pads in ice hockey helmets with finely-tuned elastomeric lattices in its new Super Tacks X with NEST Tech helmet. For Fizik, this meant developing a bike saddle with multiple functional zones that respond to rider physiology, the Antares Versus Evo Adaptive.
Behind CCM’s helmet and Fizik’s bike saddle is unique design software that enables “inverse design,” allowing an engineer to specify performance requirements. The software uses these specifications to create an optimized lattice design that can be 3D printed. The design software can even generate multi-zonal lattices with varying mechanical properties across the lattice volume.
Using the CCM helmet and Fizik saddle as case studies, this webinar will describe the benefits of elastomeric lattices, current and potential applications, and the future of product development with inverse design.