General Lattice, a Chicago-based startup that develops software for designing optimal truss structures that can be fabricated by 3D printing, has secured $ 1 million in pre-seed capital led by AP Ventures, the strategic investment arm from engineering services provider All Points Logistics and a funder of pioneering technologies that aim to solve global challenges.
The startup plans to use the new capital to support several initiatives related to the exploration and integration of advanced network geometries. Notably, the funding will allow General Lattice to invest resources in a research and development contract recently obtained with the United States Army’s Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM-SC) to manufacture mesh for the division’s combat helmet. military. Additionally, some of the new capital will be dedicated to expanding the startup’s commercial and government customer base in the United States and developing parametric design tools to simplify the lattice generation processes.
According to Nick Florek, CEO of General Lattice, the support of All Points Logistics “will allow us to create an environment for passionate innovators in the computer design and digital manufacturing industry”. Florek also stressed that the company’s twenty years of experience in deploying best practices for government projects and commercial companies would be important to General Lattice going forward.
All Points Logistics is a leading engineering, software development and technology company providing high value services and solutions to various government contract vehicles including NASA, US Department of Defense (DoD) and other government and corporate clients. Based in Merritt Island, Florida, All Points has successfully supported several Lockheed Martin space projects since 2013 and has even received awards for outstanding work on the Artemis program and small business support on NASA’s Orion program. In addition, he has been engaged in several large-scale space projects, such as the Human Landing System proposal in the fall of 2020, the NASA space probe Lucy, and the asteroid study and return mission. NASA OSIRIS-REx samples.
General Lattice said the funds raised come at an ideal time when the startup plans to expand to meet high demand from a “booming AM industry.” Additionally, having identified lattice architectures as an essential element for the success of additive applications, he sees this seed capital as an opportunity to further demonstrate the unique capabilities of lattice structures and facilitate widespread adoption of AM technology. .
Founded in 2018, General Lattice began by helping customers design, prototype, and manufacture successful additive manufacturing (AM) applications. The startup has developed unique design methodologies and workflows by working on every part of the product development process. Today, the company has built a reputation for harnessing the flexibility of 3D printing, enabling customers to create personalized product offerings by providing workflow automation tools and development services. custom software that eliminates human labor in complex design scenarios.
A few months after starting the business, co-founders Nick Florek, Alex Rhoades and Marek Moffett partnered with unicorn Carbon 3D printing, becoming part of the partnership ecosystem of over 70 startups from the company. In the fall of 2020, General Lattice introduced a next-generation AM design toolkit, the GL Studio, and immersed itself in several exciting projects with leading companies.
For example, with 3D printer maker Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the duo used BMF’s innovative 3D micro-fabrication equipment based on Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) technology to create lattice structures and refocus manufacturing on parts on a microscopic scale, opening up new possibilities and applications. General Lattices also recently created a GL Software plug-in for McNeel’s Rhino 3D CAD modeling software, explicitly designed for AM and providing users with intuitive truss tools that facilitate innovation with AM while providing control. and superior precision.
Additionally, through its recent contract with DEVCOM-SC, General Lattice plans to work with All Points Logistics and 3D printing service GoProto to fabricate the military division combat helmet mesh. The company has already chosen the desired 3D printers, materials and performance characteristics to produce the suspension system and shock absorption of the helmet. General Lattice will test the 3D printed lattices to determine the accuracy of the company’s predictive modeling software, allowing DEVCOM-SC to use the company’s set of predictive tools to explore lattice infill profiles for various uses.
General Lattice had previously explored helmet designs and head protection through prototypes to demonstrate its ability to create adjustable helmet protection by allowing real performance benefits and individual customization. He took a similar approach on a shoe concept developed virtually with Belgian service office Ziggzagg, software development startup ELSE Tech (ATOMLab Milan), custom shoe maker OneFID GmbH and Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions, whose material M95A 3D TPU was used to produce the shoe. On a separate project, showcased at RAPID + TCT 2021 last week in Chicago, General Lattice worked with GoProto to demonstrate how AM users can reduce costs and production time for rubber parts by creating elastomeric components. TPA 3D printed for a Radio Controlled (RC) system printed on HP machines then steam smoothed on GoProto’s AMT PostPro 3D. Cutting costs and making better products is General Lattice’s goal and what it works towards with its software; the $ 1 million pre-seed funding will no doubt help the company grow and engage in new partnerships with strategic players in the AM industry.