Betatype releases new precision CAD/CAM software for high complexity geometry in Additive Manufacturing

October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015


Betatype Ltd, London, UK, is to release its latest software tool for the design and manufacture of complex geometries in Additive Manufacturing. The Alpha version of Engine for AM will be released in November and is aimed at implementing architectured materials onto volumetric designs.

Engine has been developed to make the task of designing complex geometry easier for the designer by removing the need to create a solid mesh. By using an abstracted representation, the complexity and file size of CAD data is reduced and more manage able.

Betatype has developed a new open format, ARCH, that contains both geometry and process specific parameters that can be exported from CAD packages through plugins, or written by writing directly. The software converts ARCH data into a range of general and specialised toolpaths that have been developed by Betatype for industrial AM processes.

Engine generates both generic (.cli) and specific machine formats. Combined with material calibration, Engine can provide higher detail and faster build times than with current standard approaches. The software is also a platform for Betatype’s architectured materials library, enabling users to simply drag and drop a range of materials onto volumetric CAD designs. 

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