nTopology introduces its third update to its software program. One of the new features is an opt-in GPU acceleration, which will deliver a 10x to 100x performance boost that makes it easier to preview design changes in real-time and regenerate parts with complex geometry in seconds.
nTopology 3.0 also consolidates the recent technology improvements introduced to the software. These include functional latticing workflows, topology optimization tools, engineering simulation utilities, and advanced design automation capabilities.
The core of nTopology is the implicit modeling engine. This engine describes every solid body by a single mathematical equation, which enables designers to generate complex part geometry reliably and error-free.
Any CPU can evaluate this implicit equation in milliseconds. Visualization can take a bit longer and can be viewed as a nuisance to design efforts. Through patent-pending technology, nTopology can use both the CPU and GPU of a designer’s system for faster performance. The reduction in the time it takes to develop designs enables latticing, texturing, filleting, shelling, and other field-driven operations to be previewed in real-time. Complex designs are rebuilt in a few seconds.
According to nTopology managers, you can save 10 to 60 seconds every time you change a design parameter. Thus, making 100 such changes a day can save an average of 60 minutes of time per day.
In addition, there are other enhancements to the software.
Lattices let designers change a structure’s behavior by controlling its geometry at the mesoscale level. Thus, designers can alter material response for specific applications. nTopology’s 3rd generation latticing pipeline offers tools to navigate the mesoscale world.
This generation includes a complete set of ordered, stochastic, and TPMS unit cells to control lattice properties at every point in space using simulation results, test data, engineering formulas, and a field-driven design approach.
New utilities help designers create custom unit cells and build the basic process blocks that feed generative design workflows.
Topology optimization is a core tool of many generative design workflows due to its effect on lightweighting and structural optimization. nTopology 3.0 uses state-of-the-art algorithms and unique constraints for Additive Manufacturing.
–nTopology 3.0 expands the capabilities of nTopCL and strengthens the integrations with its Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) software.
–nTopCL enables users to call generative nTop workflows in Python or Matlab scripts. It can run on a desktop, a private server, or the cloud.
–nTopology offers three ways to simulate while using the software. Simulation results can be an input to drive part geometry, or used to perform design analysis, or users can export meshes for verification in external solvers.
–Built-in simulation tools let users run static, modal, and buckling structural analyses, steady-state, transient, and non-linear thermal simulations, and lattice unit cell homogenization.
nTopology is also expanding its simulation pre-processing capabilities. These include new meshing utilities, import and export capabilities for FEA and CFD data in the native format of any solver including ANSYS, Abaqus, or Nastran to streamline the design verification process.