General Electric just announced the ten finalists for the GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge.
The contest took place on Grabad.com, the famous online 3d models archive, and had as a key point the 3D printing technology.
Among the ten finalists there is a project entirely modeled in Rhinoceros by Andreas Anedda and CorsiRhino.it support. They experiment a new way of modeling in Rhinoceros: a basic mesh was relaxed with Grasshopper and Kangaroo to obtain a fluent shape. After this first step, T-splines was used again to edit the mesh and reinforce the bracket, creating several rims and cavity to get a stronger and lighter structure similar to a bone. Using these tools, they were able to design a bracket capable of distribute the stress in a very efficient way, creating a complex shape in a relative short time.