As the metal AM industry grows and 3D printed components become increasingly complex, so does the need to integrate automated processes. It takes a lot of time to create support structures that anchor the part sufficiently and prevent warpage, but which are at the same time easy to remove. Especially parts with a complex geometry need to be prepared very thoroughly as each surface that lacks sufficient support may cause defects in the part or even build crashes.
"I want to make a prototype of a car seat with as small volume as possible and lightweight yet with optimal heat capacity." Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Central Research Institute gave Materialize engineers a challenging request. It was a difficult task to design innovative seats while handling very large capacity 3D data, but materialized engineering team jumped to this project happily.