Altair Acquires Gen3D to Expand Capabilities for AM Design Technology

June 6, 2022

Software provider Altair has acquired Gen3D, an additive manufacturing (AM) startup originating at the University of Bath (United Kingdom). Gen3D has provided pioneering work in developing the implicit geometry method for describing highly complex geometries such as lattice structures in AM.

Gen3D’s technology reportedly uses advanced implicit modeling techniques to rapidly create complex geometry not practical with traditional boundary-representation solid approaches. This allows for components to be designed simply by specifying the functional requirements for the part (loads, holes for fastenings, keep-out zones, ducts for fluid flow, etc.), according to company officials, who also note that the technology automatically filters out component geometries likely to cause downstream manufacturing issues. The reported result: the ability to create complex designs rapidly while minimizing the risk of in-print failures. 

The technology will be integrated into Altair Inspire, a family of software products that enables simulation-driven design throughout an entire product-development lifecycle.

“The Gen3D team brings deep industry knowledge and experience in advanced additive design techniques such as generative design, topology optimization and lattice structure generation,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer of Altair.

With this Gen3D news, Altair has made nearly 30 acquisitions totaling more than $400 million in the last five years, according to Altair officials.

Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing, Generative design, Lattice
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See also: Altair Engineering, Inc.

Technologies: Software


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