EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION AND SIMULATION OF 3D-PRINTED LATTICE STRUCTURES
Keywords:Lattice structures, additive manufacturing, mechanical testing, ﬁnite element analysis
AbstractLattice structures are currently of high interest, especially for lightweight design. They generally have better structural performance per weight than parts made of bulk material. With conventional manufacturing techniques they are diﬃcult to produce, but with additive manufacturing (AM) fabricationisfeasible. To better understand their behaviour under various loading conditions two lattice structures in diﬀerent conﬁgurations were observed. For each structure three diﬀerent test specimens were designed and manufactured using selective laser sintering (SLS). To investigate the mechanical performance under large deformations the specimens were made of a thermoplastic polyurethane(TPU), which shows a hyperelastic material behaviour. Beside the experimental observations also ﬁnite element analyses (FEA) were conducted to investigate the deformation behaviour in more detail.