Bionic Manufacturing

Cantilever chair cellular loop
© Fraunhofer IWM

In the completed project "Bionic manufacturing" (01RB0906A) scientists from Fraunhofer IWM developed software that creates lightweight constructions by microstructuring bulk designs.

The conformity of the microstructure allows a beforehand calculation of mechanical properties like strength and stiffness.

To optimize the efficiency of the design, the microstructure can be adapted to a given load situation.

This adaptation happens by a local increase of selected struts.

The resulting cellular structure can be manufactured by different additive manufacturing processes.

The cantilever chair "Cellular Loop" was developed and manufactured as a demonstrator. 



Bionic manufacturing, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under grant (01RB0906A)



A German patent has been granted (DE 102012203869 A1)


Fraunhofer IWM, Dr. Jörg Lienhard,, +49 761 5142 339