Carbon Democratizes Design Software

Design Engine Software gives Carbon subscribers design control; simplifies and automates the creation and production of lattice designs.

Design Engine Software gives Carbon subscribers design control; simplifies and automates the creation and production of lattice designs.

To simplify lattice design generation, Carbon developed the Carbon Design Engine to collaborate on design projects with customers. Image courtesy of Carbon.


Carbon, a 3D printing technology company, reports that all of its subscribers now have access to the Carbon Design Engine software to automate the process of creating performance-oriented lattices. The lattice generating technology powering Design Engine has been proven in production with the design of critical lattice products like the Resolution Medical Lattice Swabs developed for COVID-19 testing, Specialized S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror technology and CCM Super Tacks X helmets, according to Carbon.

“Traditional CAD tools have not kept pace with the innovation of 3D printers and materials. This lack of progression limits the ‘idea to design’ stage of the product development lifecycle. With the release of Design Engine to all Carbon subscribers, we are helping designers iterate through their design thinking, faster,” says Phil DeSimone, chief product and business development officer.

“On average it can take 18-24 months to bring a consumer product to market,” DeSimone says. “But when we put the best design tools, 3D printers and materials in the hands of designers and manufacturers, we’ve seen our customers accelerate the development of innovative new products—going from idea to finished designs to production in less time.”

To simplify lattice design generation, Carbon developed the Carbon Design Engine to collaborate on design projects with customers, and has now made it available for all subscribers to access directly.

The cloud-based application provides the computational power to generate complex shapes quickly and efficiently without requiring local resources. Design Engine software has a fully interactive user interface and offers product teams the ability to produce five types of conformal lattices. The software creates conformal lattices that populate even the most challenging design surfaces, eliminating the tedious design revisions post-generation.

Due to its deep integration with Carbon’s reliable, consistent platform and best-in-class materials, Design Engine can predict lattice performance prior to lattice generation, streamlining design optimization. Similarly, Design Engine offers built-in guidance to help engineers develop successful parts.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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