Lattice materials approach production readiness
MechSE professor William King, in conjunction with his work as Chief Scientist at Fast Radius, has published a new report on the possibilities for additively manufactured lattice components in consumer products, industrial equipment, automotive, and aerospace. The first author on this study was Davis McGregor, second year graduate student in Mechanical Science and Engineering. MechSE Assistant Professor Sameh Tawfick also contributed to the study.
"Engineers and product designers are excited to use lattice components in new product designs, but a lack of understanding of production readiness has been a major obstacle," King said. "We found that over a large number of lattice parts in different materials and geometries, the accuracy of the printed parts is excellent, and the mechanical properties are close to what one would expect, based on design and engineering principles. We are excited to show that this technology is growing up, and is now production worthy."