Recently we introduced the concept of geometric modeling using an implicit representation, which permits robust operations and the ability to work with many sources of input data. Our flagship product, nTop Platform, uses implicit modeling to generate functional designs from CAD geometry, simulation output, and topology optimization results, generating precise geometry and toolpath data for additive manufacturing and CAM.
The increased sophistication of today’s products and the introduction of advanced manufacturing creates an unprecedented level of complexity across engineering disciplines. In particular, technologies that improve performance and efficiency, promote part consolidation, and use advanced manufacturing all create challenges for design, simulation and manufacturing teams.
CAD and CAE software uses a variety of representations of shape to define and document real-world parts. These representations have been developed to accommodate different ways of inputting, interacting with, and manufacturing various shapes, and most modern CAD and CAE systems must include more than one.