nTop Platform 2.22 - What's New

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nTopology nTop Platform 2.22 is here! It looks a little different right? We’ve implemented a brand new UI framework that gives nTop Platform a super fresh look. This new framework will accelerate user interface development, enabling us to deliver great new features, faster. Everything still behaves like it used to, but the user interface now looks a bit more crisp and modern. Not only does it look sharper, but we’ve introduced a Light Theme to give you more control and personalization over the user interface. In addition, we’ve introduced a Slice Layer type which holds additional information about a layer including contours and cross-sectional area and a Curve property for CAD files. As with every release, nTopology’s dedicated support team is ready to answer your questions. Please visit support.ntopology.com to gain access to helpful tutorials and support articles.

New Features and Improvements

Show Deprecated Blocks

  • You now have the option to show deprecated blocks in your search results, while looking for a block via the notebook search bar.
  • Go to File > Settings > General and check Show Deprecated Blocks and select Ok.

Light Theme

  • A new light theme is now available! By default, nTop Platform is set to Dark. To change the theme, go to File > Settings > Display and change Theme from Dark to Light. You’ll be prompted with a message that reads “Theme will be applied on program restart.” Once you relaunch nTop Platform, Light theme will be activated. If you decide to switch back to Dark theme, just follow the same steps above, but select the Dark theme option instead. Below is an example of our new Light theme:

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New UI Framework

  • We’ve updated the framework we use to create our user interface. This new framework will enable us to deliver new user interactions and experiences that were not previously possible.

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Slice Layer Type

  • We’ve introduced a new Slice Stack property called Slices which enables you to easily extract the points of each slice so that you can apply print parameters in external programs, or quickly extract the cross-sectional area versus Z height to make more informed decisions about orientation.
  • The Slices type gives you access to every slice in the slice stack. Each Slice object gives you access to the following properties:
    • Closed curves
    • Cross sectional area
    • Hatches
    • Open curves
    • Points
    • Total length
    • Z height

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Curve Property for CAD Files

  • nTop now imports curves in CAD files, accessible from the Curves property of a CAD Part. To access this new property, expand the information panel of any block with a CAD Part output type and select the Properties tab.

Extended Block Documentation

  • In the previous release, we introduced extended block documentation, which includes additional information, images, and example files so that you can get an in depth overview about the purpose of each block in our block system. Below is a list of blocks which we’ve added extended block documentation for:
    • Cellular Noise 3D
    • Clearance
    • Export Mesh
    • Extrusion Constraint
    • FE Model
    • Frame
    • Import Scalar Point Map
    • Offset Body
    • Ramp
    • Simplex Noise 3D
    • Simplify Mesh by Amount
    • Simplify Mesh by Threshold
    • Static Analysis
    • Thicken Body

Usage Improvements

  • Slice Stacks now include the new Slice Layer type as a property in the Properties tab.
  • If you receive a file that was saved in a newer version of nTop Platform and attempt to open it in an older version, you’ll be prompted with the following message and be prevented from opening the file: “This file was saved in version X.Y.Z. Upgrade to that version or higher to open this file.”
  • All Toolkits have been updated to feature units for inputs which previously required user specification.

Bug Fixes

  • We’ve updated the Smoothen Body block so that the Grid size input is now associated with units of length.
  • Implicit view of a Graph Unit cell now remains visible when you switch between different resolutions.
  • The Displacement Constraint block in the Topology Optimization toolkit block now exposes directional displacements.
  • We’ve resolved an issue where Creo parts containing numbers in the extension were not showing in the import window.
  • We’ve updated the Homogenize Unit Cell block to better handle RAM usage when working with large mesh sizes.
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