Reducing Nearly Half the Weight
Midwest Prototyping used honeycomb structures to drastically reduce volume on 3D-printed master patterns that they use for silicone casting. Any design that has at least one large plane will largely benefit from the conversion to a honeycomb structure, Jijón explains.
“Honeycomb structures helped us reduce the weight of several SLA molds by an impressive 42.38%! We’re very pleased with the results. This feature is a prime example of Materialise’s cutting-edge innovation.”
- Alfredo Jijón, AM Specialist at Midwest Prototyping.
The benefits of this new feature and the incredible results reached by Midwest Prototyping are not limited to Stereolithography, but can be achieved with various 3D printing technologies. For example, RapidFit+, a Materialise company, successfully prints fixtures and jigs with honeycomb structures for the automotive sector with Laser Sintering.