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Field-driven design

Field-driven design

A radically better way to generate and control complex part geometry for engineering, manufacturing, and advanced product development.

Blending geometry with physics

Every physical quantity can be described as a field: the geometry of a solid body, the value of a design parameter, simulation results, experimental measurements, engineering or manufacturing data…

nTop gives you the unique capability to overlay different types of fields and use them to generate complex part geometry with complete control.

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video: Blending Geometry with Physics

video: Blending Geometry with Physics

Field-driven design for engineering and product development

Field-Driven Design offers an intelligent trade-off between flexibility and simplicity. Applying this generative methodology can lead your product development process to directions that you could have never imagined on day one.

Select suitable fields to drive your designs. Closely control as many parameters as you need to take advantage of the design freedom of advanced manufacturing technologies. Create robust frameworks to manage complexity.

For example, you can use a field to control the beam size of a lattice, the diameter, and location of every hole in a perforation pattern, the density of a 3D printed foam, the wall thickness of a shell, the roughness of a surface texture, the width and spacing of structural ribs, and much more.

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Fields are the gradients of geometry

Engineering information is rarely constant or uniform. Field-Driven Design is a convenient way to manipulate and control complex geometry in every single point in space in ways that are otherwise impossible.

Think of fields as the gradients of 3D geometry. The same way that gradients let you create smooth transitions of color from one point to another, Field-Driven Design enables you to use physical information to engineer parts that have exactly the behavior that you want, where you want it.

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How to Design Using Fields in nTop

Watch this video to see field-driven design in action. In this nTop Live, we show you how to select and use suitable engineering fields and formulas to drive your advanced designs.

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video: How to Design Using Fields in nTopology

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Case study

Cobra Aero reduced air-cooled cylinder weight by 50% with nTop

Instead of fins, the engineers of Cobra Aero opted for a lattice structure as the heat transfer medium for their military-grade UAV drone engine. To optimize its performance they combined results from multiphysics simulations to spatially vary the thickness and density of the lattice.

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