Frustum partners with Siemens to enhance design innovation in 3D printing

Wednesday March 29, 2017 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Frustum, Bob Haubrock, Siemens, Jesse Coors-Blankenship, 3D manufacturing


BOULDER -- Frustum, a pioneer in functional generative design and topology optimization software and a member of the Siemens PLM Solution Partner Program, announced it is providing its topology optimization and next generation freeform geometry generator as an integrated module in Siemens' NX™ software.frustum-logo

Engineers and designers using NX with Convergent Modeling™ technology in combination with the newly integrated capabilities from Frustum can blend topology optimization with traditional CAD data, overcoming a traditional hurdle in such workflows, the company said.

Frustum is part of the Siemens next47 partner program, created to help support startup companies with innovative, disruptive technology solutions.

"Siemens is excited to offer our NX customers this truly innovative topology optimization solution from our partner Frustum," said Bob Haubrock, senior VP of product engineering software for Siemens PLM Software.

"Frustum's unique technology, now fully integrated with NX and its exclusive Convergent Modeling, fits with Siemens' approach and vision to free industrial designers and engineers to create the next generation of parts and products that closely match customer needs, reduce energy consumption, and drastically reduce the cost and time to market for these innovations."

Frustum said generative design refers to a category of software technology that automatically "generates" several design options -- based on input constraints such as material, function, weight, cost etc. -- in a fraction of the time it would take to create manually.

Frustum said its topology optimization software is a generative design technology that streamlines a product's shape by automating weight and material reduction while still retaining structural integrity.

Convergent modeling is a new design paradigm -- available in the latest release of Siemens' NX computer-aided design (CAD) software -- that greatly simplifies the ability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces, and solids -- such as those created through topology optimization.

The integration of Frustum's technology with NX enables the creation of an optimized design that can then be quickly refined and made ready for additive manufacturing using Convergent Modeling, the company said.

Frustum said its integrated technology allows industrial designers and engineers using Siemens' NX to discover and deliver novel, manufacture-ready parts and products with optimally balanced performance, structural strength and weight in a fraction of the time it would traditionally take.

Designers can calculate, optimize, adapt and validate design options in parallel by running multiple scenarios, seamlessly adding force application points and load cases.

Users can leverage Convergent Modeling to further edit or refine the results of a topology optimization study, gaining unparalleled design flexibility, the company said.

With Frustum, Siemens' NX users get topology optimization for additive manufacturing that generates fully optimized, printable designs, reducing the costs associated with part redesign, supports and post-processing.

Frustum's integrated technology provides demonstrable benefits to a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive and heavy machinery by creating components and parts optimized for light-weight yet stiffer designs.

"As a partner with Siemens PLM Software, we are thrilled to be part of the Siemens' NX solution," said Jesse Coors-Blankenship, Frustum founder and CEO.

"This is great recognition for the power of our technology and optimization framework, which removes some of the barriers associated with additive manufacturing. We are excited to enable Siemens' NX customers to design fully optimized parts, ready for 3D printing, as well as empower them to move beyond the boundaries of traditional CAD geometry."

Frustum is also part of Frontier, the Siemens / next47 startup partner program which supports innovations in the areas of 3D printing, robotics and augmented/virtual reality, recognized for its ability to guide industrial designers towards the optimal shape of 3D metal parts.