This is a case study on the use of topology optimization for experimental furniture design. This technique simulates forces applied onto the chair surface. Once forces are applied, the simulation reduces the mass of the chair while keeping material only in areas that need additional support strength. This data is then used to feed the generation of a lattice structure throughout the design. Thicker lattices result in areas where additional strength needed for structural support, with the thickest being colored as red and the thinnest as blue. The color data from the structural simulations is baked into the geometry for direct printing, resulting in a design that uses color to communicate the aesthetics of the structure.
Design, research, and prototyping with Autodesk and LuxMea. Prototypes printed on HP Jet Fusion 580. 2020.
Autodesk Toronto Technology Center: Mathew Spremulli, Chris Chekan, Ellen Hlozan, Tyson Fogel, Brian Jeong. LuxMea: Jean Yang, Edward Broeders, Ryan Cook, Steven Avis, Vahid Esraghi, Xiao Su.