New industry-defining capabilities bring AM to mainstream production

Hayley Everett
Field optimisation on the nTop platform. Image via nTop.

nTop, a leading engineering design software company, recently announced the next major update of its flagship nTop 4 additive manufacturing software at Rapid + TCT. 

With a holistic approach to design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), nTop 4 enables engineers to bring additive manufacturing (AM) to mainstream production. The major release builds upon nTop's unique core technologies and introduces new capabilities across four key themes: design, integration, scaling, and adoption.

"At nTop, we have always believed that design is at the core of solving the world's hardest engineering problems. nTop 4 marks the next stage of our journey enabling engineers to deliver highly engineered AM parts for products to reach new levels of performance," states Bradley Rothenberg, nTop co-founder, and CEO.

Design: Turn complexity into a competitive advantage with Field Optimisation

As AM opens up a vast design space, manual iterations become impractical and time-consuming. nTop 4 introduces Field Optimisation, a new generative design technology that helps engineers navigate the overwhelming number of design parameters introduced by these complex engineering problems, accelerating decision-making and improving part performance.

Field Optimisation layers a multi-scale and multi-objective optimisation engine on top of nTop's core technology, resulting in a design tool that is both extremely powerful and easy to implement.

Field Optimisation introduces easy-to-use workflows that enable engineers to generate better-performing AM part designs for applications like lightweighting, medical implants, and industrial design. nTop will continue to develop the capabilities of this new technology in future releases.

Integrate: Eliminate data exchange bottlenecks with Implicit Interop

As AM parts increase in complexity, legacy design file sizes become a roadblock. Implicit Interop eliminates data exchange bottlenecks for even the most complex designs, enabling data transfer between nTop, manufacturing, CAD, and CAE software in files sizing in the megabytes, not gigabytes.

nTop 4 introduces:

  • nTop Core- A developer library that makes it easy for partners to implement native Implicit Interop integrations and is already in use by nTop's partner ecosystem.
  • nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT- The first Implicit Interop software connection will be available with the upcoming release of EOSPRINT 2.14 in June.
  • nTop Implicit File (.implicit) - A new nTop file format used to directly exchange implicit geometry without meshing, resulting in smaller file sizes at lossless precision.


Scale: Multiply the impact of your engineers with nTop Automate

Generating and managing custom or one-off designs at scale is challenging when using AM for rapid iteration during design exploration or mass customisation.

nTop Automate enables users to multiply the impact of engineering resources by executing nTop workflows through a programmatic environment. In addition to the Windows deployment, nTop 4 introduces nTop Automate for Linux, which allows engineers to unlock more economical cloud computing or use available on-premise high-performance computing (HPC) resources.

Adopt: Create value faster with nTop's customer success programmes

In addition to delivering optimal tools for the job, nTop offers programmes to accelerate adoption and maximise impact in organisations of any size.

New to nTop 4 is nTop Accelerate, a range of one-to-one training services, custom workshops, and design sprints to help nTop's customers best meet their program objectives. nTop also continues to invest in onboarding programs - like nTop Learn, nTop's online learning centre - to ensure that engineers can deliver value as fast as possible.

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