A new software package developed by nTopology is now available for free download and offers designers and engineers a full set of lattice design tools, allowing them to create complex structures with variable properties. nTopology’s Element software is claimed to be the only CAD suite built from the ground up with Additive Manufacturing in mind.
nTopology inc, based in New York, USA, is developing its 3D lattice design and optimisation software specifically for Additive Manufacturing, with the goal of helping engineers make better 3D printed parts. “Our software offers a fluid transition from mechanical design to DFM, and allows for both explicit and computer assisted creation of highly complex lattices structures,” stated Spencer Wright, Head of Operations at nTopology. “With nTopology, you can quickly design parts that are stronger, lighter and easier to manufacture than ever before.”
nTopology Element is currently available as free Windows based software, with a feature packed ‘Pro’ version scheduled for release in Summer 2016. It is hoped that the combination of generative, manual and simulation-based design tools will allow engineers to exploit Additive Manufacturing’s strengths to the fullest. “With Element, you can optimise lattice structures with respect to user-defined inputs, imported data, or our integrated FEA – letting you make the right parts for your application, every single time,” added Wright.