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With energy conservation being a current hot topic, a lot is talked about lightweight construction.

Often, nature has already provided us with the solution. Huge material savings can be made by placing structures according to the anticipated mechanical impact, and this is often displayed by many plants, which defy extreme weather conditions. That is one of many biomimcry examples from nature where structures are used to create strength despite low weight.

By means of the Additive Layered Manufacturing, many structural solutions can be copied from nature. Appropriate structures of metal or plastic can be united in lightweight construction with high mechanical demands. By using the concept of biomimicry in structural design, the properties of a product can be tailored to meet the exact optimum characteristics in strength, weight, flexibility, energy absorbtion, durability or whatever is the critical factor of your structure.

Fast and easy to use
Selective Space Structures (3S) is fast and easy to use. The intuitive user interface provide a powerful tool for the user to create the most intricate and complex structures. If you can dream it, 3S can make it.

Develop and Manufacture
Develop your own library of structures by combining orthogonal unit cells. Use bars, nodes, surfaces or 3D models as needed to create intricate shapes and forms.

Manufacture structured parts by easily applying structures from the library onto solid models. Export the structures as slice files to save memory and ensure maximum quality in manufacturing.

Esthetics

Material reduction

Non-linear

Elasticity

Function

Design

Lightweight

Flexibility

Specific applications

Tailored response