Frustum, a software company focused on the development of design optimisation tools for Additive Manufacturing, is launching its Generate software package, a suite of software products that will allow design engineers to create improved geometries through topology optimisation. The software is reported to reduce the time it currently takes to generate optimised topology designs, allowing for more rapid delivery of designs that are ready for manufacturing either through additive or traditional manufacturing. The product is being released in beta test with a limited purchase planned for July 2016.
“Our Generate design software product offering was developed with the design engineer in mind. They get the best of both worlds, an easy to use design tool that offers superior topology optimisation capabilities. What is appealing is the geometry output coupled with the ability to do optimisations in parallel based upon the use of the cloud. Generate is a tool that’s a true ally for designers and offers them the opportunity to unleash their design vision. It is the intersection of design and topology optimisation,” stated Jesse Blankenship, CEO of Frustum.
The new software is claimed to seamlessly grow material between the given design features to make optimally stiff and lightweight structures. The smooth and blended surfaces reduce weight and minimise stress concentrations, enabling designs to be ready for Additive Manufacturing without the need to manually redesign.
“Many key industries, especially aerospace and automotive, were instrumental in driving what Generate needed to deliver from a feature and benefit perspective. The overwhelming market driver was the need to reduce the amount of development time required in topology optimisation and the back and forth with stress analysts. Generate has the ability to cut weeks and even months out of the development cycle by getting parts into manufacturing and production faster,” added Blankenship.
There is built-in user flexibility with Generate that allows for individual or corporate-wide use. Designers have the ability to use Generate through a variety of methods, either through their enterprise or in the cloud. This, it is stated, allows for working on several different designs in parallel on the cloud.