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Spidron Column by Shastro Spidron Column by Shastro
Sorry for all these Spidron Thingies but they are pretty much all I can use blender for right now. This a render of a structure I've designed to absorb force in an impact.

And besides this looks kinda pretty haha
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, fantastic render. 

Secondly, do you have a specific manufacturing method in mind?
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Shastro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not yet, for basic testing, everything will probably be 3D printed though I did just get confirmation from the Energetic Materials Testing and Research Center in Socorro New Mexico to meet and perhaps work with them for impact testing and design feedback so if I get to do higher engery testing I might get to look into more serious manufacturing methods, though I'm going to assume that I would need things like a CNC milling machine to make them out of metal.
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang...and may I propose perhaps to cast them, machine the mating edges then weld them together? Removing that much material is going to be very expensive for full scale production but casting can really drive the cost down. You can green sand mold them for now that way you can 3d print your patterns to cast with.
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Shastro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true, I had forgotten about metal casting, so far my tests have been out of resin casts from silicon molds of 3D prints. I suppose whatever works to get something that is precise, that can also bind well with itself. My biggest concern is the problems with making the individual spidron cells individually (east to produce, but makes weak points along the seams between layers and columns). Another interesting consideration is to introduce high-density foam materials within the negative spaces of the design, which could be essential under higher impact loads.

Thinking on it now, if done properly, casting could be a great way to produce many different versions and tests.

For now I need to look into finite element analysis, and on that, I got an educational license for Autodesk's FEA solution, but I haven't been able to mess with it yet.

I'm no engineer so I'm anticipating alot of strange looks from actual engineers when I show them my designs lol, but hopefully, they can be made into something usable eventually.
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just for my degree in Mechanical Engineering (Techonolgy b/c Kansas BoE is weird) and have been employed in the aerospace mfg industry for several months now so if you want to ask me any questions on the engineering and manufacturing side of things just hit me up on Hangouts and I'll do what I can!
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Santiblocks Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That´s awesome!!! Is it supposed to be made with paper?
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Shastro Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope in the future I intend these structures to be used in car design so they would probably have to be made of some kind of metal alloy or a variety of other lightweight, flexible, non-brittle materials.
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Santiblocks Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really interesting idea, but it is supposed to go inside of the car? :O
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Shastro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep inside the car, not entirely sure exactly where yet, I think that a car would have to be designed with these in mind to get the most out of them, but for now in any empty space available within a finished car. 
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Santiblocks Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!!! :D. There should be some way... Maybe in the car´s inner supports (If any).
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gabe2252 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks super cool! Your amazing with the lighting.
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Shastro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, for this image I learned alot of techniques from Gleb Alexandrov's New Lighting course on youtube, I reccomend it!
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