ntop Announces Software Release

Company also adds five new integration partners to advance the design-to-manufacturing workflow.

Company also adds five new integration partners to advance the design-to-manufacturing workflow.

nTop, company focused on computational design software for high-performance engineering, has launched nTop 5, the next generation of its flagship product, which includes major integrations from five new partners to its developer ecosystem. Materialise, Autodesk, Hexagon, Intact Solutions, and cloudfluid have all built nTop interoperability into their software to provide users with a better end-to-end process for high-performance designs across simulation and manufacturing applications, nTop reports.

This latest update also features a new kernel that enables designs with greater precision and accelerates common design operations, according to nTop.

“For over 10 years, our mission at nTop has been to help high-performance engineering teams design beyond the limits of traditional software,” says Bradley Rothenberg, co-founder and CEO, nTop. “Our customers have amazed us with the products they’ve developed in nTop—from super-efficient heat exchangers, to ultra-lightweight components for spaceflight and aeronautics, to patient-matched implants that enhance bone fusion, and more forgiving, high-performance golf clubs. nTop 5 is a leap forward in implicit modeling technology and the integration of our new ecosystem partners will expand what our customers will be able to create while streamlining workflows using the tools they know and rely on.”

nTop has helped advance implicit modeling technology, allowing users to develop complex, high-performance parts and automate their processes. The company’s software platform fits into established workflows and integrates with existing design, analysis, and simulation tools, making it easy to share design knowledge and accelerate iteration,.

Last year, nTop introduced nTop Core, a developer library for software partners that enables their applications to natively read and query information within nTop models. This latest expansion to the developer ecosystem includes mechanical simulation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and build preparation tools with the following integration partners:

Materialise Magics—Materialise Magics is 3D data and build preparation software and a primary tool on the pathway to production for additively manufactured parts. This integration accelerates the transition from design to manufacturing by reducing build preparation and slicing times of high-performance parts through the direct import of nTop designs into Magics. Once inside Magics, users can prepare and validate the build parameters, and generate optimized toolpaths. This integration will be available in early access to select companies in Q3 of 2024 and with a broader release in 2025.

Autodesk Fusion—Implicit interoperability with Autodesk Fusion enables nTop users to perform a variety of downstream tasks in Fusion and more easily complete the design-to-manufacturing workflow. nTop users can transition their designs to Autodesk’s CAD/CAM tools using the nTop Connector add-in for Fusion. Once inside Fusion, users can interrogate a model, integrate implicit models into larger product assemblies, and prepare models for production with the advanced manufacturing toolsets. The nTop Connector is available in the Fusion App Store, available to all Fusion and nTop users at no additional cost.

Hexagon scSTREAM Advancements in the design of heat sinks, chill plates, manifolds, and filters require accurate and rapid CFD analysis.nTop has partnered with Hexagon to integrate data from nTop models into Cradle CFD scSTREAM, a CFD application created specifically for thermal management of large and complex assemblies. The combination of scSTREAM and nTop Core relies on a direct data transfer technology for implicit models that eliminates the need to simplify or compromise users’ design integrity.

Intact.Simulation—Intact.Simulation provides mechanical simulation capabilities that remove the meshing bottleneck. With Intact.Simulation, you can load designs directly from nTop without any loss in fidelity and perform linear elastic, modal, and thermal analysis solved directly on the implicit model. This allows for faster iterations and the ability to analyze designs containing lattices and other complex geometries that were impractical in traditional FEA tools.

cloudfluid—To address interest in advanced design strategies that improve the performance of heat exchangers and manifolds, cloudfluid provides a solution for performing CFD analysis on products containing complex geometric features. With this integration, cloudfluid can import *.implicit models from nTop, set up the simulation on the model without meshing, and compute the results quickly using cloud-based GPU processing.

nTop 5 is the next major release of the nTop software platform. With a new modeling kernel built from the ground up, nTop 5 powers the ability to responsively generate complex geometries that are intrinsic to many high-performing products.

Engineers across industries, such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive, consumer goods, and more, use nTop’s computational design software to develop high-performing designs that leverage the benefits of additive manufacturing and create better products.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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