Topological Design and Optimization of Additively Manufactured Tensile Meshes

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Advances in additive manufacturing have availed the possibility to directly fabricate the results of topological optimization processes, especially those carried out by hard-kill methods such as the BESO process. However, a much less established area of research is the use of topological optimization for flexible forms and cable-nets through the use of elastomers in the additive manufacturing of their constituent geometries. Robotic additive manufacturing of cable-net structures with elastomeric material enables methods of topological design and topological optimization which are capable of embedding new formal, behavior, and performance properties in the cable-net material system. These capabilities are demonstrated and discussed through a series of case-studies realized by the authors.
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