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General Lattice releases BETA version of ‘Frontier’

The Digital Materials Platform democratizes the use of lattice structures by treating them as traditional materials with tangible properties

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General Lattice, a company with a focus on simplifying the adoption of additive manufacturing, that designs and builds digital material solutions that enable creators to push the boundaries of innovation, has released the BETA version of its Digital Materials Platform, Frontier. Designed to drive the adoption of AM applications, the platform democratizes the use of lattice structures by treating them as traditional materials with tangible properties.

General Lattice was also the company that provided the computational design services for Wilson’s recent 3D printed airless basketball.

Frontier provides a free-to-search library of validated mechanical property data to support users in the selection of the best lattice, material, and hardware combination. Users can search, analyze, and order physical samples for hands-on evaluation. Eliminating costly guess and check workflows, Frontier ‘finds the needle in the haystack’ so users don’t have to – saving time, money, and resources.

General Lattice releases BETA version of its Digital Materials Platform, 'Frontier' - democratizing the use of lattice structures.
Wilson’s 3D printed airless basketball prototype.

The future of manufacturing is undeniably digital and Frontier delivers a noteworthy leap in product development capabilities. Offering superior performance and dynamic tunability, the platform provides a new dimension to material science and utilizes the unique strengths of AM.

Partnering with industry-leading hardware and material companies, Frontier provides a centralized source for validated Digital Material information. Initial Platform Partners include EOS, BASF Forward AM, and Photocentric – with an emphasis on understanding Digital Materials comprised of elastomeric polymers targeted toward foam replacement applications.

“These tools will reduce the effort and costs to replace foam via drop-in lattice solutions, as well as reduce waste generated by physical prototype iterations,” said Dave Krzeminski, Senior Additive Minds Consultant at EOS.

As the Frontier platform continues to expand, additional partners will be added, and the breadth of Digital Materials will grow to include metals, ceramics, and composites. A full version with integration capabilities will become available later this year.

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