Colorado-based Frustum is best known for its flagship Generate platform, a cloud-based topology optimization solution, which Siemens began using last year with a commercial license to decrease the complexity in additive design. Generate helps make generative design functional, so users can quickly develop manufacturing-ready parts and products with optimally balanced performance, weight, and structural strength.
Frustum is one of the leaders in functional generative design, combining it with precision engineering to push design boundaries. Generative design uses a set of composed rules, or an algorithm, to create results that are often parametric in order to achieve an output, and has been used in the past to develop products like customized cars and disaster relief drones.
The company announced today that the latest release of its patent-pending core technology, TrueSOLID, is now commercially available. The technology is the first 3D volumetric kernel for generative design in the industry, and the only one that can generate ready-to-manufacture, topology optimized designs, such as mesostructures (lattices).
TrueSOLID is actually the underlying technology that powers Frustum’s Generate platform, and was built to provide a helping hand to engineers and designers working to make better products with fewer costs, time constraints, and errors. Generate itself gives users control over complex geometries, with its ability to handle difficult and detailed workflows and designs that support casting, milling, and 3D printing.
“The TrueSOLID volumetric geometry kernel was designed to be a fundamental component of next generation 3D design software and to enable design for additive manufacturing,” said Frustum’s CEO and Co-Founder Jesse Coors-Blankenship. “The intention is to bring about the transformation of CAD design from deterministic to generative. Moving towards a single-click solution for product design, our technology grants engineers and designers the freedom to reimagine how parts can be designed for a new generation of complex products made with 3D manufacturing.”
The technology drives 3D manufacturing in today’s on-demand economy by working with traditional CAD software and not against it. The industry-first TrueSOLID volumetric geometry kernel lets users easily and precisely blend traditional surface-based CAD and indeterminate generative geometry, in order to see the full potential of additive and other manufacturing techniques.
According to Frustum’s website, this geometry kernel provides “Full control of blending complex structures, like lattices, with traditional CAD geometry. Thousands of 3D and 2D lattice configurations including minimal surfaces. Completely Finite Element Analysis compatible structures.”
The TrueSOLID technology can create high-quality designs that save on both material and weight, and helps designers create stronger, lighter, and more efficient 3D printed products in less time. TrueSOLID gets rid of the need and cost of part redesign, and helps achieve procedural and manual modeling of manufacturing-ready, complex mechanical parts.
Several new enhancements are included in this latest version of TrueSOLID, including new advanced optimization modes, kernel-integrated mesostructures, and multi-part assembly optimization. To learn more about the company’s TrueSOLID geometry kernel, which can help users output designs that are perfectly optimized for additive manufacturing, you can request a demo here.
Later this month, Frustum will be exhibiting at the RAPID + TCT event in Fort Worth, Texas. Members of the company’s team will available at booth #2523 to discuss and demonstrate the newly released version of its core TrueSOLID technology. 3DPrint.com will also be attending RAPID + TCT.
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