Overcome material limitations and enhance product performance with the most sophisticated toolset for additive manufacturing on the market.
What are architected materials?
Architected materials are highly-engineered structures with tailored mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic, or biological performance characteristics. Created with additive manufacturing, architected materials unlock new opportunities for advanced product design, from 3D-printed foams to porous structures that promote bone growth.
Benefits of architected materials with 3D printing
3D printing maximizes the benefits of architected materials to expand a product's functionality, safety, performance, and customization options.
Increase impact absorption
Additively manufactured architected materials can increase impact absorption by controlling how a structure collapses under loading.
3D-printed porous lattice structures can be fine-tuned to mimic the properties of bone and promote bone ingrowth.
Architected materials enable engineers to tailor the stiffness of 3D-printed foams to improve durability, impact absorption, and cushioning.
Improve user comfort
3D printing architected materials can improve a product’s ergonomics, breathability, and how it feels to the user.
Industry applications of architected materials
Architected materials can help you develop highly-engineered structures across a range of industries.
Medical device industry
Additively manufactured architected materials enable engineers to increase osseointegration in implants by mimicking the characteristics of bone. They can also enhance the comfort of prostheses and orthoses by improving breathability and flexibility.
Consumer products industry
From footwear to sports and protective equipment, 3D printing architected materials creates new opportunities for engineers to control stiffness, improve ergonomics, and increase impact absorption.
Architected materials can improve passenger comfort by integrating 3D-printed foams with improved cushioning into seats and headrests. They can also enhance safety by defining how a structure collapses on impact.
nTop’s critical tools for architected materials with additive manufacturing
Generate complex, scalable lattice structures, with variable thickness and smooth transitions, in seconds.
Build and automate your workflow to iterate through new inputs without the risk of failure.
Design analysis and simulation
Simulate and evaluate using built-in tools with options to use solid elements, beam elements, or homogenization.
Create custom surface textures easily using Field-Driven Design to control size, shape, or depth.
Additively manufactured architected materials create lighter and stiffer assembly
The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) used nTop and architected materials to develop an additively manufactured CubeSat bus assembly. The resulting assembly is 50% lighter, 20% stiffer, and consolidates 125 parts to 25.
Software built on transformative technology
Design technology that will not break.
Remove design limitations and overcome fundamental challenges with our unique modeling engine.
Your data goes in; optimized designs come out.
Feed your design workflows with real-world data, physics, and logic to harness the power of implicit modeling.
Design Process Automation
Build processes, not just parts.
Create reusable workflows and algorithmic processes that save you time and empower your team to scale.
Architected materials resources for engineers and designers
Prosthetic socket: Designed for additive manufacturing
Designing 3D printed implants with nTop
Top 10 architected materials and lattice design videos
NFL helmet challenge DfAM eSeries: Control the collapse - Architected materials for impact absorption
Advanced design tools for additively manufactured medical devices
Start developing architected materials today.
nTop has the tools you need to maximize the benefits of AM.