In nTopology 3.0, the third major update of nTopology‘s design software, the NYC company is introducing GPU acceleration for seamless interactivity. By enabling this new opt-in feature, nTop users will enjoy an instant 10x to 100x performance boost to workflows that use complex field-driven geometry. In other words, they will now be able to preview design changes in real-time and regenerate parts with even the most complex geometry in seconds.
nTopology 3.0 also consolidates the incremental technology improvements introduced to the software over the past few months. These include functional latticing workflows, industry-leading topology optimization tools, expanded engineering simulation utilities, and advanced design automation capabilities.
Existing users can access all new functionality by updating to the latest version of the software. Here are the main features of nTopology 3.0.
At the core of nTopology lies the software company’s pioneering implicit modeling engine. In implicit modeling, every solid body is described by a single mathematical equation. This representation enables users to generate even the most complex part geometry reliably and error-free.
Nothing is more valuable than seeing what you are doing while you are doing it! Any effort that brings down the visualization time for more seamless interaction with complex models is genuinely priceless. For me, the performance boost in nTopology thanks to GPU acceleration proves this factOnur Yüce Gün, PhD, Creative Manager at New Balance
Any CPU can evaluate this implicit equation in milliseconds. Yet, visualizing a part with a complex lattice structure on the screen could take up to tens of seconds in previous versions of nTopology. That is (probably) faster than any other engineering design software in the market today, but even this short waiting time hindered the productivity of some engineering users and was a nuisance to creative design efforts.
With GPU acceleration, interacting with complex designs in nTopology becomes seamless, enhancing the connection between the designer and the software. Through patent-pending technology, nTopology can now utilize both the CPU and GPU of your system, unlocking a 10x to 100x performance increase. As a result, latticing, texturing, filleting, shelling, and other field-driven operations can now be previewed in real-time. Even the most complex designs are rebuilt in a few seconds.
What does this practically mean for nTop users? With GPU acceleration enabled, they can save 10 to 60 seconds every time they change a design parameter. Let’s say that a user makes 100 such changes a day — a reasonable assumption for a typical workflow. This translates to an average of 60 minutes per day. Over a month, this accumulates to days of engineering design time saved.
What’s more, real-time feedback delivers more insight into how each design parameter affects the final design. If you are a new user, this means that the time it takes to become proficient with new advanced design concepts can now shrink by an order of magnitude.
The features released on the launch of nTopology 3.0 are only the beginning. Additional interactivity and performance improvements are also planned in the months to come. The preview version of nTopology is now available to everyone with a free nTop account.
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Author: Victor Anusci