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nTopology Element is the first CAD to support 3MF Beam Lattices

nTopology Element is the first piece of CAD software to offer full importing and exporting of 3MF’s Beam Lattice extension, which was developed and ratified with nTopology’s direct involvement.

STLs have significant disadvantages for representing lattice structures. Not only do they produce large file sizes, but they also result in reduced fidelity to the intended design and are difficult to edit and analyze. nTopology offers its customers a better option through LTCX file format.

The nTopology team worked with colleagues at the 3MF Consortium to standardize the Beam Lattice extension so that LTCX’s functionality can be shared across the industry. With 3MF Beam Lattices, users will see files that are up to 1/1000 the size of STLs, and will be able to transfer lattices with ease between nTopology Element and other enterprise-grade CAD software. 3MF Beam Lattices also allow boolean functions to be built into the file itself, making your workflow simpler and faster.

nTopology is a dedicated group of engineers, dead set on building the next generation of design software. With a unique combination of generative, manual, and simulation-based design tools, nTopology software lets engineers create parts with built-in functional requirements. With Element, engineers can optimize lattice structures with respect to user-defined inputs, imported data, or our integrated FEA – letting them make the right parts for their specific application, every single time.

 

 

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which specializes in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore.

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