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Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 3 of 5

By Andrew Jaskey on July 25, 2018

Having already designed the wood stringers with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD in part 1 and refined the shape of the kayak for buoyancy, stability and draw with Flow Simulation in part 2,  the third step in designing a 3D printed kayak is designing the interior structure. In this blog, I'll show how to create the geometry to hold the stringers in place.

Internal Structure of Skin-On-Frame Kayak

In a typical skin-on-frame kayak, the stringers would be simple flat sections. But with a 3D printer available, I am not constrained to simple flat geometry. Using the bone growth algorithm in solidThinking Inspire, I optimized the internal structure to reduce the overall material used. After the design was optimized I validated the final structure using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Watch the third part of the blog series to see how I used SOLIDWORKS and solidThinking Inspire to test and optimize my design to make durable frames using minimal material, allowing me to save on print time and material cost.

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional is now able to do some topology optimization, however, solidThinking Inspire is still my topology optimization software of choice. SolidThinking Inspire is also able to make an importable Parasolid much faster than importing the graphics into SOLIDWORKS and modeling than shown in the video. 

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