The example of the mounting bracket for the belt retractor shows how much design work is involved behind individual details in the body shell. This component was developed using the "bionic mesh design" method. The complex simulation has a positive effect on the overall weight and stability.
Getting rid of excess pounds later is always difficult. Not only diet professionals know this, but also vehicle developers. Ideally, each component is therefore designed to be as light as possible right from the development stage.
The so-called "bionic mesh design" method was used for the mounting bracket for the belt retractor of the EQS. With software support, the designer receives design proposals with the greatest possible lightweight construction potential. However, interpretation and remodelling of these bionic, i.e. nature-inspired, designs would possibly take several weeks using the standard CAD programs of the automotive industry.
The "Bionic Mesh Design" team at Mercedes-Benz therefore used software tools from the film and gaming industry that are designed to quickly model the geometry of complex objects. Thus, the design proposal became a producible component within a short time. A specially programmed interface enables the geometry of the component to be transferred directly to the Mercedes-Benz CAD systems for further processing. The mounting bracket has since won an award: The "Bionic Mesh Design" team from Mercedes-Benz received a special prize as part of the Daimler Pioneers and Innovation Awards 2019.
The "Bionic Mesh Design" team is currently working together with the forge, foundry and design departments on further pilot projects relating to the chassis, powertrain and overall vehicle design.