Now available: nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT
Written by nTop
Published on June 9, 2023
Key Software Capabilities
- Implicit Interop
We’re pleased to announce that the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT is now available in public beta for all nTop customers with EOSPRINT 2.14 or later. Built on our Implicit Interop technology, the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT allows you to load nTop Implicit Files directly into EOSPRINT for slicing and manufacturing.
The nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT eliminates the data exchange bottlenecks caused by meshing. Typical mesh files are large, hard to generate, and can compromise the accuracy of the part. In fact, meshing is impossible for some complex geometries. Transferring your designs using an nTop Implicit File and the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT eliminates these issues.
Here are some of the advantages nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT has over meshes:
- Smaller: nTop Implicit Files are typically only a few megabytes in size instead of gigabytes like traditional mesh files.
- Faster: Files can be exported in seconds, and loading to EOSPRINT takes up to 60% less time than meshes.
- More accurate: nTop Implicit Files are lossless, so you don’t compromise any accuracy despite the small file size.
Case study: Siemens Energy
Siemens Energy piloted the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT to print a previously unmanufacturable heat exchanger. The nTop Implicit File was ~1MB in size, 99% smaller than a mesh, generated 500x faster, and sliced in EOSPRINT at maximum precision. Learn more about the project.
The nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT is the first Implicit Interop software connection. We are currently working with additional partners to build Implicit Interop plugins and native connections to their software. If you would like to join the nTop Implicit Interop partner network, please contact us.
FAQ on nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT
What is the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT?
It’s an add-on plugin that enables you to import parts designed in nTop to EOSPRINT without meshing and prepare them for manufacturing directly from an nTop Implicit File (.implicit).
How do I get access to the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT?
nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT is currently available to nTop users as a beta licensed product. It requires an nTop license and is compatible with EOSPRINT 2.14 or later. To get access to nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT, contact your nTop representative to get access to the nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT or get a demo.
What type of mesh is this? Is it a quad mesh? Is it a CAD file?
None of the above. This plugin is based on Implicit Interop, a technology that uses nTop’s implicit modeling core engine. Instead of using surfaces, implicit modeling represents 3D solid geometry using a single mathematical equation. This is how we can achieve this level of compression at a lossless precision.
Is this plugin compatible with my version of EOSPRINT and AM system?
The nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT is compatible with EOSPRINT version 2.14 or later and can be used with any additive manufacturing system supported by EOSPRINT. To upgrade to the latest version of EOSPRINT, please visit myEOS Customer Portal or contact your EOS representative.
Are there plugins for other AM build preparation software?
The nTop Plugin for EOSPRINT is the first Implicit Interop software connection. We are currency working with additional partners to build Implicit Interop plugins and native connections to their software. If you would like to join the nTop Implicit Interop partner network, please contact us.
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.
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