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PTC’s annual user conference in Boston’s Seaport District had one unifying message to attendees this year: Digital Transformation is coming.
From augmented reality and industrial internet of things (IIOT) demonstrations, to a partner exhibition and interactive cybersecurity displays, this year focused on inbound technologies and their importance to our connected future.
Talks - Manufacturing - Design - Technology - CEO
Select talks focused on additive manufacturing and generative design; a technology highlighted during CEO Jim Heppelman’s keynote thanks to PTC’s acquisition of Frustum late in 2018. Frustum is now part of PTC’s Reality Lab, where technologies are incubated in preparation for a full commercial launch.
For background, Frustum’s core technology was an iterative design and modeling workflow that allowed users to apply lattice structures, topology optimization, and various geometric manufacturing constraints to a part design. The software also uses machine learning trained on the finite element analysis (FEA) results of potential part designs to reduce the computational rigor required to converge on an optimal design.
Frustum - Founder - CEO - Jesse - Coors-Blankenship
Frustum’s founder and CEO, Jesse Coors-Blankenship, is now a Senior VP of Technology and gave attendees a proper overview and update during his presentation entitled “The Generative Era of CAD”. Jesse presented a systematic framework for thinking about levels of autonomy in generative design. Each level is defined by an innovation starting with iterative and feature-oriented topology optimization for level zero. Level one is defined by manufacturable designs and an interactive process between designer and software. Level two is considered partially generative and moves design...
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