Martin Reiter, Matei Constantin Miron, Zoltan Major,
"Design and Simulation of a Polymeric 3D Printed Fall Arrest System for Climbing"
, in J.F. Silva Gomes and Shaker A. Meguid: Recent Advances in Mechanics and Materials in Design, 7-2015, ISBN: 978-989-98832-2-2
Design and Simulation of a Polymeric 3D Printed Fall Arrest System for Climbing
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Recent Advances in Mechanics and Materials in Design
Lately, novel rapid prototyping materials became available that can be processed using the Polyjet technique and reveal an improved elastic modulus as well as improved impact toughness. This 3D printing technique allows for the production of complex parts with high resolution in a reasonable time. In this study, a novel fall arrest system for sport climbing was designed, which is completely made from 3D printed material. The design process included a proper material characterization and material modelling in order to provide reliable finite element (FE) simulations. Using FE simulation tools a novel free-form component was developed and produced. Consequently, the device was produced and tested under operation conditions using a servo-hydraulic impact test machine. Furthermore, a real life test was performed on a climbing wall. It was shown that a fully functional fall arrest system that is entirely made from 3D printed polymeric material could be successfully developed using a proper design methodology.