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nTopology Releases nTop Platform v2.0

NEW YORK, NY, Nov 15, 2019 – nTopology announces the latest version of their computational-modeling software, nTop Platform 2.0, the only engineering software that enables engineers to simultaneously consider geometry, performance and manufacturability all within a single, reusable workflow. This major release includes support for prepackaged, application-specific nTop Toolkits, letting engineers quickly learn and use its most powerful capabilities right out of the box.

Compliant bike seat tailored to pressure map data from the rider. nTop 2.0’s Lightweighting Toolkit was used to generate the base lattice onto which the Design Analysis Toolkit imports pressure-map data to further enhance the design and drive lattice density and thickness. Other nTop Platform native capabilities, including spatial grading of geometry, are used to seamlessly blend fully dense and latticed areas as well as regions of round and truncated beams. Image courtesy nTopology

nTop Platform was developed to solve engineering problems where geometry is a bottleneck. It can handle complexity and iteration with speed and ease. The prepackaged Toolkits and authoring capabilities can both be used to automate engineering workflows, delivering efficiencies and scaling an organization’s best talent across the enterprise. With nTop Platform, teams can automate tasks that take hours, days or weeks with traditional design tools because of the ability to build reusable workflows.

“We are excited to release 2.0 of nTop Platform,” says Bradley Rothenberg, CEO of nTopology, “nTop Toolkits enable the best engineering workflows to spread wide throughout industries, making the most advanced modeling technology accessible to any design engineer.”

Example of part consolidation using nTop Platform to design a lightweight manifold for additive manufacturing. The original model was an assembly of 42 different parts that were reduced to one single, optimized model. Material was reduced by decreasing the wall thickness and adding a conformal isogrid to maintain structural integrity, as well as topology optimizations of the wall brackets. Performance optimizations include a varied wall thickness in higher-pressure zones as well as varied control over hole diameters in an internal diffuser. Image courtesy nTopology

nTopology is also partnering with industry leaders in additive manufacturing hardware to deliver new capabilities to their users. “The flexibility and high performance of nTopology software and its ability to package-up customer workflows helps us and our customers to create advanced Digital Foam,” says Fabian Krauss, global business development manager at EOS. “We use it in projects to create 3D-printed products with architected materials properties tailored exactly to customer needs. It unlocks the true potential of generative design in additive manufacturing for Digital Foam and for many other applications.”

In addition to the new prepackaged Toolkits (see a summary of capabilities and benefits below), nTop Platform’s authoring capabilities allow a company’s most advanced engineers to create their own proprietary toolkits, enabling secure knowledge transfer across the organization.

Lightweighting Toolkit

  • Quickly and easily reduce the weight and maximize the performance of parts.
  • Shell parts in seconds no matter how complex the geometry.
  • Apply variable wall thickness to shelled parts.

Architected Materials Toolkit

  • Engineer functional materials that perform at any scale—hundreds of unit cells, or hundreds of billions.
  • Design with multifunctional requirements from the start. Structural, thermal, acoustics, or aesthetics; all with total control at any length scale.
  • Optimize unit cells to create unique material properties to perfectly suit the application. Increase surface area while reducing weight. Turn geometric complexity into a competitive advantage.

Design Analysis Toolkit

  • Use fully integrated simulation capabilities to seamlessly analyze parts in a single, connected workflow.
  • Drive geometric parameters directly from simulation results to achieve high-performance parts that meet functional requirements.
  • Integrate with the simulation tools an organization already uses, including ANSYS, Abaqus, and Nastran.

Topology Optimization Toolkit

  • Discover new and innovative designs early in the product development cycle.
  • Apply multiple loading conditions and optimize for a variety of performance criteria including stress, displacement, stiffness, and weight.
  • Use automated geometry reconstruction tools to quickly generate instantly editable geometry.

Additive Manufacturing Toolkit

  • Position, orient and prepare parts for additive manufacturing from a set of common build platforms.
  • Add lattice support structures easily and quickly
  • Slice parts avoiding error-prone STL files and export manufacturing data directly to machines

About nTopology

nTopology is a software company creating design and engineering solutions to support advanced manufacturing and automation initiatives. In an environment driven by data and physics, using the latest 3D modeling technology, creative restraints are removed and engineers can fully realize the benefits of advanced manufacturing techniques like additive manufacturing. Robust and efficient tools allow engineers to accurately capture all their knowledge and repurpose it for tomorrow’s products.

For more information go to www.ntopology.com.

Siemens Digital Industries Partners with The Absolut Company

PLANO, TX, Nov 13, 2019 – Siemens Digital Industries Software announced a collaboration with The Absolut Company regarding Siemens Opcenter Execution software, part of the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solution. The company will conduct a pilot of Siemens Opcenter Execution Process (formerly known as SIMATIC IT Unified Architecture Process Industries) in one of their three factories in Åhus as the first step of an enterprise-wide roll-out across the three factories which produce spirits for global distribution. Siemens Opcenter can help The Absolut Company to better meet some of the challenges in beverage market including the increasing demand for high quality and variety in products and production as well as the high cost pressures of the global food and beverage market.

“The Absolut Company always strives to have best in class manufacturing where Industry 4.0 will be a key enabler to deliver on future consumer demands. We are happy to have Siemens Digital Industries Software as a key partner on this journey,” said Anna Schreil, VP operations at The Absolut Company.

Siemens Opcenter Execution is part of Siemens’ offering for the consumer-packaged goods and food and beverage industries. The solution has been developed to cover the entire value chain, from reception of incoming material to distribution of produced goods, including quality control, product planning and scheduling as well as reporting, trends and advanced analysis. Siemens Opcenter Execution Process can help The Absolut Company to increase traceability, to manage orders more efficiently and to monitor production in real time.

“Companies across the consumer products industry are facing increased regulations, the need for global manufacturing to meet local demands, and competitive pressures that can result in reduced margins,” said Mats Friberg, vice president & managing director for Nordic Operations at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “The Absolut Company recognizes the key to staying ahead in this changing industry is through digitalization. We value the trust placed in our solutions and will be a responsive partner to The Absolut Company as it continues to move towards a digital enterprise.”

About Siemens Digital Industries Software

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation.

For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com.

For further information on Siemens’ solutions for the food and beverage industry, please click here. For more information on Siemens Opcenter, please click here.

About Siemens Digital Industries (DI)

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

About Siemens AG 

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.