GPU acceleration is now out of beta
Written by nTop
Published on May 4, 2022
We’d like to welcome you to the new nTop newsletter! Every month, we will share with you highlights from the latest software updates, as well as nTop news, engineering resources, and case studies that are relevant to your work.
New product updates
Enhancing simulation and topology optimization workflows
A new feature that was just released in nTop 3.24 was the Mesh Quality block. This new beta block can compute mesh quality metrics relevant for simulation analysis including orthogonality, skewness, composite mesh quality, and intersecting triangles.
Other updates that you may have missed:
- Boundary Conditions on CAD Face (3.19) — This block allows you to define boundary conditions directly on an imported CAD face instead of a mesh to set up simulations and topology optimization more quickly and efficiently.
- Simulation and Topology Optimization HUD (3.21) — The new Heads Up Display (HUD) not only has a more immersive feel but also improved usability and features a new probe tool.
Released out of beta in nTop 3.18, GPU acceleration can significantly speed up rendering computations for workflows that include blocks that manipulate implicit bodies.
On average, you will will see an average performance boost of 3-3.5x on desktop workstations and 6-8x on laptops. In some of our benchmark tests, we recorded speedups up to 100x.
To turn on GPU acceleration, go to Settings > General > Scene.
New content and resources
Featured content: Thermal Management Guide
Heat exchangers are a hot application for Additive Manufacturing. In this guide, we summarize the latest trends and key techniques that enables you to design heat exchangers with higher performance, more compact size and increased reliability.
Do you know someone working on heat exchanger design? Share this guide with them.
Case study: Aerojet Rocketdyne
Aerojet Rocketdyne optimized a key component of their Reaction Control System (RCS) quad thruster using additive manufacturing.
Not only is the new space engine part 67% lighter, but it also contributes to the reduction of the overall production cost of the thruster by 66% enabling fast, economical, and sustainable lunar exploration.
Quote of the month
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.
Sneak peek into the nTop + Autodesk Fusion 360 integration
Optimizing thermal management with conformal cooling to extend operational life
Advancing structural performance of aerospace heat exchangers
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5 reasons why you should use nTop to create heat exchangers