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How educators can incorporate nTop into their courses

Written by nTop

Published on September 17, 2019

nTop announces its new nTopEd Partnership Program. We are teaming up with educators, researchers and students to take design for additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing to the next level. Learn how to get nTop into your institution!

Here at nTop we are eager to help not only small to medium sized businesses and large enterprises design better parts, faster but we also want to help educators teach, learn and research the latest trends for design engineering. To do this we created nTopEd, an education partnership program.

In addition to providing access to nTop for educators and researchers, we also want to help them collaborate with one another as well as with our team, so we’ve created nTopEd. This community is an open forum for professors and students to engage in meaningful conversations about what can be achieved with our software and will enable the members of this community to stay abreast of new functionalities as well as changes in our software. In turn, members of this community commit to contributing feedback, making recommendations, as well as sharing notebooks, workflows, and stories about how they are integrating the software into their curriculum and research.

Simulation of various gyroids under pressure. Image courtesy of Air Force Institute of Technology and Air Force Research Laboratory.

Tim Simpson, PhD, Director of Penn State’s Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing says, “We are excited to start using the new nTop in our Additive Manufacturing & Design graduate program at Penn State. Many of our students have enjoyed using Element, but the design and automation capabilities to optimize designs for additive manufacturing in nTop are remarkable. It’s going to take our lattice lectures and design projects to a whole new level!”

Where can you find nTop in schools? To name a few: Boston University, Duke University, Rochester Institute of Technology, MIT, and CU Denver. This list isn’t exhaustive and is continuously growing. 

If you or your institution is involved in design for additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, topology optimization, generative design, simulation, or other engineering applications, nTop can help you explore those areas more in depth. In turn, educators, researchers and students will learn the next generation of software taking you beyond CAD. To learn more please contact us. To apply for nTopEd partnership, please fill out this education form.


nTop (formerly nTopology) was founded in 2015 with the belief that engineers’ ability to innovate shouldn’t be limited by their design software. Built on proprietary technologies that upend the constraints of traditional CAD software while integrating seamlessly into existing processes, nTop allows designers in every industry to create complex geometries, optimize instantaneously, and automate workflows to develop breakthrough 3D-printed parts in record time.