nTopology makes 3D design software that exploits the benefits of industrial additive manufacturing. Our first product, Element, allows for highly complex lattice structures to be designed, simulated, and tuned for demanding applications.
Conventional CAD tools (SolidWorks, Siemens NX, OnShape, etc.; in total, a $19B industry growing at about 12%) are designed for conventional manufacturing (casting, machining, forging, stamping, etc.). The limitations of those processes are built into the design software itself. Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) allows for material to be arranged in ways that were never possible before. It is possible to use conventional CAD to design parts that will be 3D printed, but in general the process will be long, difficult, and produce suboptimal
As additive manufacturing matures (the industry is about $5B now and growing at about 25% CAGR), there is a pressing need for CAD tools that are designed specifically for it.
nTopology’s first product, Element, is a 3D design suite made specifically for additive manufacturing. Element provides the feedback engineers need to account for the design limitations and opportunities of additive manufacturing. With Element, parts that before would take weeks to design can be imagined and sent to manufacturing in a matter of hours.
In 2015, we ran a beta program to test features on a range of tools for 3D lattice design. In April of 2016, we released a stripped down free version of our lattice design software. In the coming months, we’ll release a series of paid modules that will sell on an annual subscription basis.
With hands-on backgrounds in manufacturing management, design for additive, and industrial UX, the nTopology team has a combined 25 years of experience working in the additive manufacturing engineering workflow.