Lightweight products and systems enable higher performance, accuracy, efficiency and require less resources. Fransiscó developed the competence to create these lightweight solutions. Lightweight is achieved by developing novel concepts, application of strong and stiff materials like carbon composites, advanced production technologies like additive manufacturing and by applying design methods like topology optimisation.
The start of every lightweight project is rethinking the current concept and find ways to apply lighter materials, innovative geometries and integrate parts & functionality. Out-of-the-box solutions, combining experiences and knowhow form various industries.
Nature is one of our inspiration sources for lightweight design. Topology optimisation, using the same algoritms that the human body is using to reinforce the bones in your body, is one of the tools to minimise material use while still maintining performance.
Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, makes it possible to manufacture complex geometries in metal, polymers or even ceramics. The given design freedom requires a different way of designing parts, something that Fransiscó has specialised itself in over the years.
Carbon composites are very strong and very stiff if designed in the correct fashion. E.g. by defining and analysing compressive and tensile stresses it is possible to place the fibres in the most effective orientation.