nTopology highlights from AMUG 2019

At AMUG and across the industry, we are hearing that partners and customers want solutions that address design of complex geometry, iterations on designs that are orders of magnitude faster and solutions for handling geometry for build prep that optimize efficiency and part performance. Keep an eye out for new capabilities and announcements from nTop in the near future.

Alex Meckes
April 10, 2019 • 3 min read

 

AMUG 2019 was absolutely a successful event that brought together industry leaders and continued to shape additive as a mainstream technology. Taking a step back, it’s clear the AM industry has matured at breakneck speed over the past decade, building on the foundational knowledge and success of its pioneers. Much like the days before the smartphone with personal media devices, PDAs, and mobile phones, pioneers have forged paths to success by developing amazing solutions to some of the hardest and challenging engineering and process opportunities individually. At AMUG 2019, conversations moved from initial technology introduction to a focus on optimization of technology, build processes and modeling capabilities.

For software, these opportunities include design for additive, build simulation, and material characterization among many others. On the hardware side, there is a heavy emphasis on machine improvement, geared towards serial production with reliability and repeatability as a main focus. AMUG 2019 really showed a positive and forward outlook with efforts to unify these innovations in a streamlined way.

One of the most rewarding parts about AMUG is catching up with industry partners, customers, and long time friends. nTopology had a company record of 10 people at the conference, and we greatly benefited from the technical sessions and roundtable discussions. Aside from the conference itself, we were fortunate enough to be able to host a Happy Hour event at Chicago’s Navy Pier. We want to thank all those that were we able to attend. Without you, none of this would be possible.

 

nTopoloy’s happy hour event at Navy Pier

 

The AMUG event this year was full of presentations and meetings where users discussed their challenges and solutions in a collaborative environment. We believe this sharing of knowledge is key to moving the AM industry forward. While it’s come a long ways maturity wise, in many ways the additive manufacturing industry is still just getting started.

As the industry continues to mature, the technology advances are less “flashy” or “breakthrough”; rather, they are more gradual improvements. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It means the industry at large is taking additive seriously as a real production method – where cost, repeatability, and reliability are key factors in adoption. Process validation was a staple for every track and application, with people waiting out the door to listen in. The software side of additive is less mature, with few players in the game. Compared to hardware, the number of software innovations and gradual improvements have been fairly minimal. That’s where nTopology believes there is significant room for innovation to continually push this industry forward.

One of the things we’re most excited about at nTopology is building an engineering platform with the insight that comes from working with partners and customers over the last few years to further the capabilities of the software ecosystem around additive manufacturing. While the hardware has come a long way, there is still a lack of software solutions that are built with additive and advanced manufacturing in mind. At nTopology, we have built a platform that ties together many different engineering workflows in an agile way and gives engineers the tools to focus on design and innovation. This in turn eliminates the manual translations that are often at the interfaces of point solution tools, and are needed for CAD rework, meshing, and build prep.

At AMUG and across the industry, we are hearing that partners and customers want solutions that address design of complex geometry, iterations on designs that are orders of magnitude faster and solutions for handling geometry for build prep that optimize efficiency and part performance.

Keep an eye out for new capabilities and announcements from nTop in the near future. We look forward to seeing everyone at RAPID, Space Tech, or one of many other events this year.

Written by
Solutions Architect, nTopology
Alex is a Solutions Architect at nTopology where he works with customers to ensure they are getting the most out of the the nTop software platform. Prior to nTopology, he helped manage a 3D printing lab at Harvard University making robots and other interesting things. For Alex, 3D printing was a hobby that got out of hand.

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