Nature-inspired design optimization for 3D printing

Dr. Ir. Jun Wu, TU Delft

Banningzaal, 15.40 uur - 16.00 uur

Through an evolution process, natural objects grow to a robust status to efficiently sustain external forces. For instance, inside bone we can identify highly optimized micro-structures. These spongy micro-structures are lightweight, but are arranged in a clever way to hold our body, and to support various forces we experience in our daily life. This observation motivates the design of a computer optimization algorithm, which automatically generates bone-like micro-structures. Fabricated by 3D printing, such optimized structures can be applied to a wide range of applications where lightweight and structural robustness are critical.

Dr. Ir. Jun Wu | Assistant Professor
TU Delft, Department of Design Engineering