Speeding up the production cycle of Smoby’s toys
3D printing a mold with lattice structures and cooling channels
Material usage reduced by average of 18%, production cycle shortened by 50%
IPC decided to replace certain solid parts of the car mold with a lightweight structure. So first the topology of the mold was optimized with Altair software keeping in mind the pressure on the open surface. Our design and engineering team then inserted these results in Materialise 3-matic software for smoothing the surface, removing all artifacts and obtaining a 3D model ready for printing.
Then, the objective was to populate the open space with a lattice structure, taking into account all specifications for Metal 3D Printing. Our design and engineering team designed lightweight beams using Materialise 3-matic software and performed a surface remesh to make the 3D model ready for FEA processing. IPC then put their specialized simulation expertise into the job. They simulated the heat and strength of the 3D model and based on that info, our design team optimized the build parameters of the lattice.
Now that the beams had the right thickness and the heat distribution was in balance, the mold was ready to be printed, right?
On top of all these production benefits, IPC’s mold resulted in these amazing car toys. Admire their perfection in any Smoby shop!