I’ve recently thought that the future of 3D design lies in an automated future, and Frustum is another option for doing so.
Generative design and 3D printing should be a symbiotic pair, with each needing the other. Consider:
3D printing is best applied when highly complex structures can optimize material, weight and function in unique components.
Generative design produces fascinating concepts, and they remain only virtual until they can be made. But they can usually be made only by 3D printing technology.
I believe that in the future generative design tools will provide at least portions of almost every component being 3D printed; otherwise why would you need to 3D print it? The benefit of using, for example, complex lattice structures, is not yet well known by industries, but it will be over the next few years.
Some companies have adopted this as a corporate strategy, such as Carbon, who are even developing their own lattice-generating software to encourage new applications for their resin-based 3D printers.
But it’s also possible to obtain generative design software from third party vendors, typically to “plug into” major CAD packages. One option is Frustum’s TrueSOLID.
Frustum also produces “Generate”, which is a topology optimization tool that’s cloud-based and very easy to use. TrueSOLID is a separate product that can:
Create manufacture-ready parts and products with optimally balanced performance, structural strength and weight in a fraction of the time.
A first in the industry, Frustum’s TrueSOLID volumetric geometry kernel allows for the blending of indeterminate generative geometry to traditional surface-based CAD with engineering precision, enabling additive and other manufacturing techniques to realize their full potential. In addition to creating high quality designs that deliver weight and material savings, this one-of-a-kind technology allows for manual and procedural modeling of highly complex mechanical parts that have manufacturability built in.
They say TrueSOLID can blend traditional CAD designs with “thousands” of lattice configurations that meet functional needs through simulation analysis.
Recently Frustum announced a new version of TrueSOLID that enhances the product with new features:
- Multi-part assembly optimization
- New optimization modes
- Kernel-integrated mesostructures (lattices)
Complex generative systems for professional CAD use are few in number, but one you should consider is TrueSOLID.