Greater comfort by unprecedented functionality
Thanks to freely designable lattice structures only possible by using Additive Manufacturing, a fully integrated cushioning experience unlocks superior comfort. The open cell structure of the 3D-printed back pads and hip fins strongly enhances air ventilation, minimizes heat accumulation and thus noticeably reduces the temperature (3 to 5 °C) as well as relative humidity rise at the contact area to the hiker’s back. Furthermore, maximum and mean contact pressures are significantly optimized. The damping characteristics of the lattice structure are programmable due to lattice geometry, the strut thickness, and the size of the lattice. This allows variant areas of the lattice to have different degrees of hardness, thus, increasing damping properties and comfort. Driven by the idea of offering our customers more flexibility and efficiency in production, OECHSLER can realize small lot sizes as well as high-volume series production and complex components. The special BASF Forward AM Ultrasint ® TPU01 material is a multi-purpose TPU that offers strong, flexible, and very durable part performance, combined with excellent surface quality. Furthermore, the material is very easy to print with high process stability and one of the highest throughputs for flexible material in the 3D printing market.