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New York-based 3D software company nTopology has collaborated with London-headquartered firm Betatype to help develop a functionally optimized rocket nozzle part. The partnership yielded a 28% reduction in build time for the part, produced using a Renishaw AM250 system.
Production of the rocket nozzle was carried out as a case study to highlight how the two software companies’ respective software solutions can be integrated, resulting in increased productivity for metal additive manufacturing. “Betatype’s partnership with nTopology is an excellent demonstration of how we can work with talented designers to make additive manufacturing perform,” comments Betatype Founder and CEO, Sarat Babu.
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“THE APPLICATION CLEARLY SHOWS THE BENEFITS OF COMBINING THE FUNCTIONAL DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION SKILLS OF OUR PARTNER WITH PROCESS OPTIMIZATION THROUGH OUR TECHNOLOGY TO ACHIEVE PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS THAT WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE POSSIBLE WITH A STANDARD METAL LPBF PLATFORM.”
The 3D printed, functionally optimized rocket nozzle part, produced using nTopology and Betatype software. Photo via Betatype.
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Established more than 3 years ago, nTopology develops generative design software to solve industrial challenges in aerospace, medical, automotive and consumer product sectors. The company recently introduced its latest generative design solution, the nTop Platform, which provides a complete platform to design, analyze, and prepare parts for manufacturing. Betatype, on the other hand, produces software for process optimization. Its Engine 3D printing workflow software generates small-sized data files for efficient processing, capable of doubling the productivity of metal 3D printing.
Combining their software technologies to produce the rocket nozzle part, nTopology first set about designing the mechanical structure of the component. Using its nTop Platform software, the company converted the 3D model of the nozzle part into an implicit model, where it was then processed through nTopology’s topology optimization and simulation tools. In order to further optimize the part for metal additive manufacturing, the nTopology team worked...
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