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The nTop notebook has evolved

Written by nTop

Published on September 19, 2022

September 2022

This month in nTop, we introduced enhancements to the nTop Notebook that allow you to be more productive. Also, we released a block that enables you to generate conformal lattice structures that follow the contour of a part’s outer surfaces.

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New product updates

New notebook utilities

The nTop Notebook has evolved. Over the past month, we released three new Notebook functionalities to help you author and troubleshoot design workflows more effectively.

Notebook Outline: The expandable outline allows you to see a high-level overview of your workflow, quickly navigate to blocks, and trace where you used each variable in your Notebook. Learn more.

Notebook Search: You can now search for specific blocks used within your notebook. Click the search bar at the top of the Notebook Outline or use the Ctrl+F shortcut and start typing the name of a block or variable. Learn more.

Custom Block Editing: You can now view and modify a Custom Block directly in your main nTop instance. Right-clicking on the Custom Block and click “Open Block” to view its contents directly in your nTop Notebook. Learn more.

Conformal lattice structures

The new Warp Cell Map to Body (Beta) is the newest addition to the utilities of our 3rd generation latticing technology. This block enables you to warp the cell map of a periodic lattice to the contour of an implicit body’s outer surfaces.

In other words, you can now generate conformal TPMS and graph lattice structures—in addition to stochastic lattice structures such as Voronoi.

Pro Tip: The Warp Cell Map to Body (Beta) requires you to trim the cell map to the Implicit Body first. You can experiment with the “Fill type” option of the Trim Cell Map block and create different conformal results.

Learn More

New content and resources

How lighting leads to more accurate designs

You wouldn’t expect something as simple as lighting to be important in engineering design software.

However, accurate visualization enables you to be more productive inside the virtual environment and becomes increasingly important as design complexity increases.

In this blog post, Muhammad Farhan, nTop's Product Manager for Interactivity, gives you insights into why we invested heavily into creating a more immersive environment.

Read Blog

Heat exchanger design with additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing enables you to create next-generation heat exchanger designs to meet increasing product requirements.

Our experts wrote this article to guide you through the basic engineering design techniques you need to get started.

Read Article

Quote of the month

"Like what you do, and then you will do your best."

Katherine Johnson, Mathematician & NASA Scientist

Her calculations helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Module with the lunar-orbiting Command and Service Module at a time when computers were prone to hiccups and blackouts.

That’s all we’ve got for this month. If monthly updates aren’t enough nTop for you, find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

Until next month,

The nTop team


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.