There has been a lot of buzz around 3D printing lately. Actually, I got involved in this industry in the early days when it was called rapid prototyping and stereolithography was the only technique. It is great to see the development of this industry and the wide variety of materials now available.
Altair’s OptiStruct technology and 3D printing are becoming great partners. OptiStruct’s topology optimization creates the most efficient structure for the given loads as recently described in a Forbes article. It produces organic-like structures that can sometimes be difficult to manufacture. 3D Printing gives us the opportunity to directly print any structure we can imagine so we can now truly manufacture the most optimal design.
At our recent Altair Technology Conference in Turin, Italy, we brought together industry leaders and experts in the use of 3D printing technology to discuss this technology and where it is going. It was a great session and shows how 3D printing and topology optimization can revolutionize the way we design and build in the future. You can read more about this session and review the presentations here.