With the exterior hull finished, the third step in designing a 3D printed kayak is designing the interior structure. Having already designed the wood stringers in SOLIDWORKS and refined the shape of the kayak for buoyancy, stability, and drag with Flow Simulation, I now needed to create the geometry to hold those stringers in place.
In a typical skin-on-frame kayak, these 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.
Watch the third webinar in the four-part 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.