New production methods inspire industrial design. The interaction of form and technology constantly creates new products. Additive technologies as manufacturing methods offer industrial designers, but also other target groups, the highest degree of freedom in product development.
The solution of constructive tasks according to models from nature is already implemented in many technical applications. Thanks to the great design freedom offered by additive manufacturing processes, it is possible to copy lightweight structures from nature and make them available without regard to manufacturing restrictions - a much better and more direct translation of bionic models into technical solutions.
Design according to "additive" principles
For all traditional manufacturing processes such as milling, turning or injection molding, there are fixed design guidelines. Many things cannot be manufactured or are associated with great effort. The additive manufacturing processes are subject to far fewer restrictions. The traditional design rules do not apply here and must be disregarded consistently in some cases in order to exploit all the advantages of the processes. The statement that complexity in manufacturing does not cause costs or even saves them is only a small part of the rethinking process that has to take place.