We've been experimenting with a recently developed infill structure for our 3D prints. Known as 'gyroidal' infill, this complex form provides a structurally efficient, lightweight core for 3D printed objects. Its curved geometry avoids stress raising corners and can achieve more dimensionally accurate parts than other forms of infill, such as honeycomb. It looks good too!
This hand was 3D printed in Nylon PA12 using our new Hewlett Packard Jet Fusion 4200. It's 1 of only 3 such 3D printers currently available in the UK!
Drop us a line, give us a call or send us your 3D model if you would like to use our 3D printing bureau service. With HP's Jet Fusion technology we can 3D print up to 10 times faster than conventional SLS or FDM machines.
A gyroid is a minimal surface, discovered by NASA scientist Alan Schoen in 1970 whilst researching super-strong and super-lightweight structures. Gyroidal structures are found in nature, in particular where stiffness and lightness are paramount. Examples include the wings of butterflies and also the bones of echinoderms such as starfish and sea urchins. This sort of biomimetic design allows us to harness the principles and unique strengths of nature in the manufacturing process.