Meshagons, 3-D imaging, and applications.
3-D model of the above printed manifold structure. Most structures can now be meshed, printed and FE analyzed. Multi-domain printing is in progress.
Meshagons are developed using a force/optimization approach. Thus, they are inherently very strong. This can enable design/printing of parts that have minimal density while retaining high strength of the outer 'shell' or open structure.
Indeed, NASA, GE, Koenigsegg (and many others) are already printing key components, such as a Jet nozzle (see this article, and also more in-depth here. There are likely many applications for 'meshagon-based' parts in the Aerospace, Automotive, and other industries where component weight and optimized strength are critical factors.
Since meshagons are directly developed using a Finite Element method, analysis of part strength and integration with larger systems can be accurately done. Ultimately, meshagons can be parametrically adapted to optimize strength while minimizing part weight! This can certainly be done ith existing technologies.
Meshagons could be ideal for 3-D printing of implants or scaffolds for bone or other tissue engineering applications. Recently there has been great progress and research in 3-D printing (Additive manufacturing) for customized, personalized solutions in orthopaedic repair, surgical reconstructions, and bone implants (e.g. Envisiontec, Inc.).
Meshagons can be parametrically adapted to optimize porosity and shape of the structure while maintaining ideal implant or 'organ' shape. Also, since meshagons can have 'organic' shape/structure, this may improve bio-compatibility. There is a lot of room for research and applications in this area.
Architecture and Interior Design Applications
Meshagons have significant potential for architecture and interior design. Not only are they aesthetically appealing, they have inherent 'designable' strength properties. Several designers, such as Dirk Vander Kooij and Emerging Objects are already printing large scale objects such as chairs and room components. There are even plans to build whole rooms and buildings...
Meshagon-based structures could significantly reduce the material costs and weight of architectural/designs, particularly for large scale objects.
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