nTopology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Capabilities being developed are intended to be made commercially available to broader advanced-manufacturing market

March 3, 2020 -- New York, NY -- nTopology has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance the capabilities of additive manufacturing through integrated software toolkits and embed ORNL expertise into nTop software. The intent is for these capabilities to be made available commercially to the broader advanced-manufacturing market.

The collaboration incorporates foundational nTopology software with ORNL-developed machine control capabilities on large-scale polymer additive manufacturing systems. This integration will enable the advanced design of part geometries optimized for the manufacturing process. Potential impacts include improved design and modeling controls as well as the production of reusable, configurable templates for end users of the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

Phase one of the CRADA includes the development of a toolkit within nTop Platform to optimize design and print preparation for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM™) machine focusing on large-scale polymer 3D printing. This will allow for connectivity from nTop Platform directly to the ORNL slicer to successfully fabricate parts on the BAAM systems.

Phase two includes the creation of a toolkit to engineer direct metal grain growth with an Electron Beam Manufacturing (EBM) system, such as an Arcam, and developing an additional toolkit to design honeycomb infill based on circle packing and simulation for fused deposition modeling (FDM). nTopology will also develop simulation-based optimization of support structures for BAAM, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and EBM.

“The team at ORNL is undertaking some of the most cutting-edge research and development of advanced-manufacturing processes in the world. Capturing that expertise and making it available as toolkits within nTop Platform will not only enable ORNL, but all nTop users, to leverage that expertise to design and manufacture the most advanced products in the world, and space,” said Duann Scott, Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development at nTopology.

“We look forward to collaborating with nTopology to enhance large-scale polymer 3D printing capabilities and anticipate the development of novel software to improve printing processes,” said Michael Borish, ORNL’s lead researcher on the project. “As a leader in advanced manufacturing, ORNL works with industry to help them bring new technologies, such as the nTopology software toolkit, to the marketplace.”

Ultimately, this project could result in the optimization of build speed and the use of materials for large 3D-printed components and cost savings due to reduced material usage and machine cost amortization.

To learn more about nTopology, visit www.ntopology.com.

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.



Contact:

Lynn Manning & Miles Parker
(U.S.) (401) 272-1510



Review Article Be the first to review this article
SolidCAM - Learn More

Featured Video
Editorial
Jobs
Mechanical Engineer for Proos Manufacturing, inc at Grand Rapids,, Michigan
GIS Analyst for City of Marble Falls TX at Marble Falls, Texas
GIS ANALYST for Dallas County at DALLAS, Texas
Upcoming Events
DEVELOP 3D Live 2020 at Sheffield University ctagon and INOX Building, Durham Road Sheffield United Kingdom - Apr 16, 2020
RAPID + TCT 2020 at Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim CA - Apr 21 - 23, 2020
Drive Works World 2020 at Chicago IL - Apr 29 - 3, 2020
AM Medical at Minneapolis MN - May 27 - 28, 2020
Kenesto: 30 day trial
Tebis



© 2020 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise