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Lightweighting

Achieve next-level weight reduction with the most comprehensive lightweighting toolset on the market for additive manufacturing (AM).

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Benefits of lightweighting with additive manufacturing

Lightweighting with AM can dramatically improve energy efficiency, performance, and ergonomics while reducing manufacturing costs and emissions.

Improve energy efficiency

AM allows you to make lighter parts for vehicles and industrial products, which can improve fuel and energy efficiency.

Reduce material costs

Materials account for over 40% of manufacturing costs. Lightweighting with AM can reduce material usage to cut these costs.

Improve product performance

From cars and trucks to sports equipment, lighter products with 3D-printed parts can accelerate faster with the same amount of driving force.

Improve ergonomics

Lighter, 3D-printed handheld devices and wearables improve the usability of medical devices and other equipment.


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Learn how to maximize the impact of lightweighting through smart design.

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Industry applications of lightweighting

Lightweighting with additive manufacturing helps create more efficient products across a variety of industries.

Automotive industry

New lightweighting technologies, paired with 3D printing, empower engineers to improve fuel efficiency and extend electric vehicle range.


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Aerospace industry

Advanced lightweighting strategies with AM unlock new ways for engineers to design parts with optimal performance and increased functionality.


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Industrial design

Lightweighting with AM gives product designers a competitive advantage by enabling them to improve usability and aesthetics while reducing costs.


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nTop’s critical tools for lightweighting with additive manufacturing

Lattice structures

Generate complex, scalable lattice structures, with variable thickness and smooth transitions, in seconds.

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Topology optimization

Drastically reduce material cost and design time with automated topology optimization and post-processing workflows.

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Variable shelling

Reduce weight with variable shelling, where shell thicknesses can be driven by data, such as simulation results, for optimized designs.

Conformal ribbing

Use ribbing to conform to any complex surface, enabling thinner walls without sacrificing structural integrity.

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Topology optimization and reusable workflows create lighter, more precise robotic end-effector

The engineers of DMG MORI’s ADDITIVE INTELLIGENCE team redesigned their Robo2Go head for additive manufacturing using nTop. The new design is 62% lighter, has 60% fewer components, and improves the handling precision of the robot by a factor of 16x.

The anatomy of an industrial component

Industrial products span a wide breadth of applications with vastly different requirements. Here is how a typical industrial component can be optimized for additive manufacturing.

Shell

The shell bears the majority of the loads and preserves the original shape. The thickness can be driven by simulation or test data to reinforce high-stress regions while keeping the overall weight low.

Lattice

The lattice infill contributes to the structural integrity of the part, but its main purpose is to ensure manufacturability and minimize deformation.

Core

Computational design techniques can be used to further refine the design. In this example, topology optimization was used to define the geometry near the hub.

Workflow

The optimization workflow can be packaged within an automated design process, eliminating repetitive work, minimizing iteration cycles, and making it reusable on different parts.

Software built on transformative technology

Implicit Modeling

Design technology that will not break.

Remove design limitations and overcome fundamental challenges with our unique modeling engine.

Field-Driven Design

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.

See what lightweighting can do for your parts.

nTop has the tools you need to maximize the benefits of AM.