Prototyping Lightweight Car Seat Structures Using Topology Optimization And Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing Europe 2016)

Dr Atsushi Kawamoto, Program Manager
Toyota Central R&D Labs

Presentation Summary

This study deals with designing and prototyping lightweight car seat structures. For designing the car seat structures, we apply a density-based topology optimization method. For prototyping the topologically optimized car seat structures, we take an additive manufacturing approach by laser sintering using polyamide (PA2200) as the base material.

Speaker Biography (Atsushi Kawamoto)

Date/place of birth: 11 June 1969 /Aichi, Japan Research fields: Topology optimization, Nonlinear dynamics Academic society: The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
Award: JSME Design & Systems Achievement Award, 2014
1995-present Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc. (TCRDL) Nagakute, Aichi, Japan.
2001-2005 Ph.D. Student, Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. (on leave from TCRDL)
2005 Ph.D., Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark.
1995 M.Sc., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan.

Company Profile (Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc.)

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Chairman: Mitsuhisa Kato
Vice Chairman: Masahiko Miyaki
President: Noboru Kikuchi
Established: November, 1960
Capital: 3 billion yen
Number of Employees: 1,000
Location: 41-1, Yokomichi, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1192, Japan
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