Carbon makes Design Engine software available to all 3D printing users
Carbon announced that its design engine software is being made available to designers around the world, including those who do not operate Carbon 3D printing platforms.
Available worldwide for purchase in early 2022, Carbon’s next-generation design engine software will be available to users of “popular 3D printers” via license. Earlier this year, the company rolled out software capabilities to all Carbon users, whereas it previously only made them available to certain users, but has now gone further to enable more engineers to “dramatically speed up the product development process”. It will be available in three tiers – Standard, Pro and Enterprise – to allow businesses to select the license that best suits their needs.
Thanks to the Pro level of Carbon’s Design Engine platform, users have the flexibility to tune multiple zones at once, incorporating different types of mesh, cell sizes or strut diameters to create different aspects of performance within from the same part using the same part. Through the same offering, Design Engine also uses patent pending technology to blend zones and produce attractive functional networks. The platform is also compatible with the most common additive manufacturing processes by producing networks as STL files.
Early applications of the software included the Adidas Futurecraft midsole, Riddell’s American football helmet, and Specialized’s bicycle saddle. By making the platform more accessible, Carbon expects a plethora of 3D printed parts of this ilk to hit the market in the near future.
“Creators face fragmented solutions and organizational silos that have caused friction, limitations on innovation and time-to-market. To successfully bring better products to market in less time, organizations need a platform that unifies product design, development and manufacturing, ”commented Phil DeSimone, Director of Product and Business Development at Carbon. . “Carbon’s software suite, starting with Design Engine, aims to cover all the steps businesses need to create superior performance products while accelerating time to market. “
“We have invested a lot in research and innovation, with the aim of improving the experience of cyclists on the bike. Our collaboration using Carbon’s Design Engine software and 3D printing process has enabled us to develop a saddle with different cushioning characteristics, something not possible with traditional foam, leading to superior comfort ”, added Emma Boutcher, Saddles, Grips and Ribbons Product Manager at Specialized. “We wanted to push the boundaries and our partnership with Carbon allowed us to do so. “
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