Improve flow and aerodynamic performance while cutting weight and manufacturing costs using nTop’s powerful design software.
What is fluid management?
Fluid management is the engineering discipline focused on optimizing how fluids are handled, moved, and used in systems and processes. Additive manufacturing allows you to consolidate parts, optimize fluid flow, improve mass and heat transfer, and enhance structural integrity.
Benefits of fluid management with additive manufacturing
Using additive manufacturing for fluid management solutions can unlock more efficient, reliable parts that perform better.
Reduce size and weight
Through part consolidation and lightweighting, AM enables smaller, lighter parts that increase energy density.
Create optimized geometry
AM allows you to create parts with complex perforation patterns for spray parts and lattice structures for containment filters.
Improve energy efficiency
Reduce pressure drop by optimizing manifold inlet and outlet geometry, and add surface textures to induce turbulence and reduce overall drag.
AM enables embedded channels for conformal cooling and part consolidation to minimize potential points of failure.
Industry applications of fluid management
Additive manufacturing helps create lighter, smaller, specialized parts for high-performance fluid management applications across industries.
Fuel manifolds, nozzles, and turbomachinery within primary engines and auxiliary power units can be made lighter, smaller, and better-performing with AM.
Automotive engineers can use AM to deliver more efficient engine manifolds, air ducts, piping, and housings that meet their requirements.
3D printing can improve operational efficiency by creating specialized, low-volume components for compressors, pumps, and filters for high-performance applications for oil and gas and other industries.
nTop’s critical tools for fluid management with additive manufacturing
Generate highly engineered parts with a multi-scale design tool that extends nTop’s Field-Driven Design, optimization, and latticing capabilities.
Drive designs directly from simulation data to iterate faster. Set up automated parametric optimization processes to identify the best-performing results.
Generate perforation patterns with thousands of elements on the surface of any part. Control the hole shape, size, spacing, and direction.
Transfer data easily between nTop, CAD, CAE, CAM, and PLM systems. Import and export data in a variety of file types and sources.
Light, reliable quad thruster enables low-cost space exploration
Aerojet Rocketdyne used nTop’s shell-and-infill latticing capability to develop a RCS quad thruster that is 67% lighter and 66% less expensive than competing solutions.
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.
Tooling design resources for engineers and designers
Wärtsilä optimizes industrial impeller for additive manufacturing
Conformal isogrid ribbing on low bypass turbofan engine casing
Dimpled surfaces to increase air intake in air duct
Generative design workflows from CFD fields
How to design high-performance filters for additive manufacturing
Ready to improve your fluid management applications?
Top has the tools you need to maximize the benefits of AM.