Save time, cut costs, and improve tooling performance with nTop’s advanced design automation capabilities for additive manufacturing (AM).
What is 3D-printed tooling?
Today, smart factories and production lines are making use of 3D-printed jigs, fixtures, molds, dies and vacuum form tooling to increase throughput, improve worker productivity, and save costs. Design software with automation capabilities enables engineers and technicians to quickly and easily create the critical tooling they need. Shorter tooling design time means manufacturers can focus on higher utilization, improving the life of their equipment, and reducing quality defects in products.
Objectives of tooling design
Tooling with AM creates opportunities for engineers to increase throughput, reduce design time, and save costs.
Maximizing throughput improves process efficiency, reduces costs, and can give companies an advantage over competitors.
Reduce manufacturing costs
3D printing is revealing new opportunities to reduce manufacturing costs with lightweighting and other advanced design strategies.
Minimize design time
A quicker design process enables engineers to improve efficiency and quality and bring parts to market faster.
Improve production efficiency
Companies are creating custom 3D-printed tooling that makes production and assembly faster and easier.
Industry applications of tooling design
Additive manufacturing enables engineers to create advanced tooling across various applications.
Molds and dies
Additive manufacturing allows engineers to create more efficient parts, molds, and dies with new functionalities, like internal channels and conformal perforations. With AM, engineers can save time and money by rapidly iterating to optimize tool design and consolidating tooling assemblies.
With additive manufacturing, engineers can design better performing molds and dies with complex cooling channels or perforations that were previously impossible with traditional manufacturing. Cooling channels can help extend tooling life while reducing production cycle times.
Jigs and fixtures
Additive manufacturing enables engineers to create custom jigs, fixtures, drill guides, masks, stilts, and setters to minimize manufacturing time and cost.
nTop's key Tooling Design capabilities for additive manufacturing
Encode your expertise in a block-based visual programming environment, and scale your design process with scripting.
Generate perforation patterns with thousands of elements on the surface of any part. Control the hole shape, size, spacing, and direction.
Perform reliable boolean and shelling operations. Create robust designs with smooth blends, fillets, rounds, and walls of variable thickness.
Create automated build preparation processes for additive manufacturing and ensure your designs are ready for production.
Creating 3D-printed robot grippers in just four days with topology optimization and reusable workflows
Preziosa Francesco and Add-it created custom 3D-printed metal robot grippers to bypass long CNC lead times. In the process, they created a topology-optimized fixture that enables lights-out manufacturing while reducing weight and saving cost.
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
Automated design of hole drilling patterns for complex molds
Easy tooling design for 3D printing: Overcome the CAD hurdle
Designing 3D printed molds for industrial injection molding
Design brief: 3D printed casting of 3-foot long robot arm
Rapid design of thermoforming molds for clamshell packaging
See how you can improve tooling performance.
nTop helps you maximize the benefits of AM.