Category: Implicit

Recent Posts

Implicits and Fields for Beginners

Managing the size and performance of complex geometry requires a computationally lighter means of defining and representing geometry. By integrating a field-driven design approach based on the implicit modeling technology, designers can focus…

Andrew Reitz
May 13, 2019 • 5 min read
Lightweighting with Implicit Models

The ability to produce high-resolution geometry using implicit modeling opens a broad range of opportunities to tune the material properties of a part. Creating stiff, lightweight, and highly engineered parts is one of…

Blake Courter
May 8, 2019 • 5 min read
Topology Optimization in a World of Fields and Implicit Geometry

Manual reconstruction of geometry after topology optimization is generally viewed as a major impediment, and this was the challenge first tackled in nTop Platform. The resulting smooth geometry is generated in seconds and…

Trevor Laughlin
April 25, 2019 • 10 min read
Computational Modeling with nTop Platform

With nTop Platform, we’ve combined 3D modeling, simulation, and manufacturing processes into one computational modeling environment managed through a custom visual programming interface. We’ve set out to enable our users to intelligently automate…

Andrew Reitz
April 18, 2019 • 7 min read
Interpolating with Implicit Modeling

The last two posts in this implicit modeling series introduced the implicit representation and how it enables failure-proof, simple operations like offsets and booleans.  To get a better understanding of the power of…

Blake Courter
April 12, 2019 • 7 min read
How implicits succeed where B-reps fail

As previously described, the B-rep modeling used by most precise and mesh-based CAD and graphics systems works well for low complexity parts and most traditional manufacturing processes. For any experienced CAD user, the…

Blake Courter
March 28, 2019 • 8 min read
Understanding the basics of B-reps and Implicits

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…

Blake Courter
March 12, 2019 • 10 min read
Implicit Modeling for Mechanical Design

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…

Blake Courter
January 22, 2019 • 5 min read