SL Software Builds Stronger Hollow Shells

Aug. 18, 2009
A software module called TetraShell from DSM Somos lets users build structurally stronger parts with skin thicknesses that can vary.

DSM Somos,


Until recently, hollow-build stereolithography (SL) software has been restricted primarily to making investment-casting patterns. A software module, TetraShell from DSM Somos, Elgin, Ill., lets users build structurally stronger parts with varying skin thicknesses. Users construct parts using patented TetraLattice supports from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Varying skin thickness reduces overall part mass, thereby reducing the amount of material needed. The technology reduces the density of metal-clad composite structures and large, light thick-sectioned parts. TetraShell works with Materialise’s Magics software and can be used on all current SL equipment.

About the Author

Leslie Gordon

Leslie serves as Senior Editor - 5 years of service. M.S. Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, Kent State University. BA English, Cleveland State University.

Work Experience: Automation Operator, TRW Inc.; Associate Editor, American Machinist. Primary editor for CAD/CAM technology.

Sponsored Recommendations

Pumps Push the Boundaries of Low Temperature Technology

June 14, 2024
As an integral part of cryotechnology, KNF pumps facilitate scientific advances in cryostats, allowing them to push temperature boundaries and approach absolute zero.

The entire spectrum of drive technology

June 5, 2024
Read exciting stories about all aspects of maxon drive technology in our magazine.


May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

Solenoid Valve Mechanics: Understanding Force Balance Equations

May 13, 2024
When evaluating a solenoid valve for a particular application, it is important to ensure that the valve can both remain in state and transition between its de-energized and fully...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!