Metafold, a leading developer of cloud-based Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) software based in Canada, has used Formnext 2023 to launch the latest edition of its engineering platform. The new release includes features such as compression simulation, conformal mapping to automatically resolve lattice structures for a given shape, and updates to the user interface and API.
“With our new release, we’re trying to help more companies see all the benefits of additive manufacturing by making our breakthrough geometry kernel accessible to more engineers and more software developers,” said Dr. Elissa Ross, co-founder and CEO of Metafold. “They can create new shoes, explore biotech developments, or make heat exchange advancements and other innovations while leaving the mathematical intricacies to Metafold.”
The addition of mechanical compression simulation to the Metafold platform enables engineers to accurately predict the performance of designs without the need for several test prints or the transfer of data into a separate application. The company describes the process as “one-click” simulation. Users of Metafold’s free edition will be able to carry out three simulations per month. Pro version users will have 10, Teams version users will have 100, and Enterprise users will have an unlimited number.
New conformal mapping features will provide similarly important benefits to users, allowing them to smoothly map lattice cells to a part boundary without having to resolve complex geometries themselves.
Other new features include template workflows, additional import and export file format support, smoother management of designs and projects for teams, and a software architecture reboot to support faster release of new features in the future.
The Metafold user interface has also been given a revamp, while an improved API now includes more samples and adheres to modern, universal web standards, allowing more developers to access the platform’s geometry processing capabilities.
In July 2023, Toronto-based Metafold announced that it had raised $1.78 million USD in seed funding.