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  • Writer's pictureRachel Azulay

GLADIS - Developing Our Internal Lattice Design Tool

We’re convinced that our ASLM process is the future for sustainably manufacturing lightweight and mechanically efficient lattice parts. However, we have identified the need to streamline the process of lattice design for engineers: we are currently developing an in-house specialised lattice design tool, GLADIS, tailored to our unique manufacturing process. 

Over the past years, mesoscale lattice structures have mainly been produced using 3D printing technologies. As a result, commercial CAD software have integrated functionalities for this manufacturing process into their portfolio. However, these cannot be used for designing lattice structures for our ASLM process: our approach significantly differs from 3D printing. The most notable difference lies in the methodology for converting a volume into a lattice structure, which must consider constraints such as the robotic arm's capabilities and the angles between struts.

To ensure that our technology lives up to its disruptive potential, we are developing a comprehensive software stack specifically designed for lattice structure design. By creating this new design tool, we are bridging the gap between conception and production. Our software will streamline the design process, making it easier and more efficient for engineers to incorporate innovative and adapted lattice components into their designs.

We believe in a collaborative approach where our software works alongside engineers' expertise. While engineers bring valuable knowledge, our software offers additional design freedom and efficiency. It serves as a support tool, empowering engineers to explore new possibilities in lattice structure design. This tool will not only accelerate the adoption of lattice structures but also enable engineers to access the full potential of our ASLM process.

For us, our internal lattice design software represents a critical step in our mission to create lightweight, efficient and sustainable parts. By providing engineers with the tools they need to design optimal cutting-edge lattice structures, we are paving the way for a future where lattice structures can be adopted across all industries.

Exciting things are coming, stay tuned. 

Authors: Rachel Azulay and Peter Evers


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