Lightweight Construction Summit 2018
Lightweight Construction Principles Inspired by Biology
At the Lightweight Construction Summit 2018, Sebastian Möller from the Alfred Wegener Institute will present his vision of future design processes made possible by additive manufacturing and will demonstrate how these ideas can be put into reality.
Although complex components can already be produced by additive manufacturing, the potentials of bionic lightweight construction are not yet exhausted. One of the reasons for this is the fact that these components are mainly developed by means of conventional CAD design. Sebastian Möller, Project Manager at the Department of Bionic Lightweight Construction of the Alfred Wegener Institute, will present his vision of future design processes at the Lightweight Construction Summit in Würzburg on March 13 and 14 and will demonstrate the first steps for making this vision a reality.
Additive manufacturing is a technology that has only very few geometric limitations compared to conventional manufacturing processes. Therefore, it is possible to realize complex designs and integrate functionality for improved component performance without a significant increase in costs. These benefits in an already expensive production process, however, are accompanied by a drastic increase of the requirements placed on component development. Conventional approaches in CAD design can no longer serve as the basis of component development if the full potential for the design of optimized components are to be exhausted.
About Sebastian Möller
Sebastian Möller is a project manager at the Department of Bionic Lightweight Construction of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). After studying bionics and fluid physics in Bremen, he gained his first professional experience in the field of bio-inspired lightweight construction development at Imare GmbH. His current work at the AWI involves the project management of current lightweight construction projects with a focus on additive manufacturing and strategic development of software aimed at changing current development processes.
Further applications, presentations and personal discussions on automotive lightweight construction will be in the limelight at the "Automotive Industry — Lightweight Construction" summit in Würzburg on March 13 and 14.
More Information about the event: www.leichtbau-gipfel.de.
This article was first published by Automobil Industrie.
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