Kirsten Van Praet June 29, 2017

KLIO Design participated in a mobility conference where innovative concepts were presented to increase smart mobility in South Korea. Smart mobility aims to reduce traffic jams, pollution, casualties and other negative aspects of mobility. KLIO 3D printed parts of their car to avoid the laborious step of mold creation and make it possible to customize the design. With Materialise software, they were able to design complex, organic lightweight structures and successfully 3D print them.

The Open Structure Mobility Concept. Image courtesy of KLIO Design
The Open Structure Mobility Concept | Image courtesy of KLIO Design

With KLIO’s mobility concept, the owner can combine different car body designs on a small standardized platform according to the number of passengers, the purpose of use and the environment. The car frame’s topology was optimized to reduce its weight. Then, the rough structures of the optimized model were smoothed out using Materialise 3-matic and the pillars were transformed into lattice structures.

“One of the strengths of Materialise software is the ability to realize complex, organic structures and patterns that are difficult or even impossible to create with existing manufacturing methods, as well as the ability to visualize and edit huge data,” explained Jeongche Yoon, Design Manager at KLIO Design.

For the car seat, KLIO applied lightweight structures to the different cushioning areas.

The 3D-printed car frame | Image courtesy of KLIO Design
Car seat design in Materialise 3-matic software

“Materialise 3-matic is intuitive when applying lattices and simple to create data for 3D Printing. The best benefit for us is its format – you can work on your 3D data in a format lighter than STL when applying complex and complicated 3D lattices, which enabled us to work with a regular computer. This format didn’t require conversion to STL and the part could be printed directly on an EOS printer via the EOS Build Processor. Needless to say, we could convert to STL stably, which allowed us to work on the design conveniently.”

Read the full case study for more software details or watch KLIO’s video to view the model’s design concept.