The software of Fraunhofer IGD shows how the design of products can be customized without losing their stability. It simulates custom solutions for small series production. At the Hannover Messe, we will show this by means of a mug holder for handleless mugs, such as those you get for coffee-to-go cups in order to avoid burning your fingers. Visitors will be able to interactively adjust the geometry of an existing mug holder according to their personal preferences - thicker, thinner, higher, wider, green, brown. The software will check the new design for printing feasibility and stability. If both parameters are fulfilled, the visitors can have their individual mug holder printed on a 3D printer.
When a visitor adjusts the geometry, the software measures the load within the 3D model, thereby going one step further than 3D print online shops. It does not merely simulate the surface of the model and whether the product can be printed in 3D. It also simulates its structure and whether it is physically strong enough. The simulation procedure can be used not only for 3D printing, but also for other manufacturing procedures, such as milling.