Bradley Rothenberg


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Design without boundaries

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Talk Abstract:

While 3D printing has moved from mainly prototyping to production over the last decade, we still use mostly the same design software & methods from the early 80s. CAD’s foundation is the BREP (boundary representation) that, when created, was ideal for digitizing drafting. CAD successfully replaced the drafting board for drawing, but what’s next? Rather than incrementally improving upon CAD, a totally new underlying model is needed, breaking boundaries between analysis & design, to handle the ever increasing complexity of modern manufacturing.

Implicit modelling + Field-Driven-Design is built for the future of product development and already today is enabling a wide range of products from autonomous, swarming factory robots to zero-energy hydrogen-powered aircraft to custom orthodontics. Engineering is about breaking boundaries and exploring the art of what’s possible, and new software is the tool to enable us.


Bradley Rothenberg is the founder and CEO of nTopology, an engineering software company based in New York City built to enable engineers to design transformative products. nTopology’s breakthrough technology unifies geometry and physics into finely tuned digital models, supporting engineers as they collaborate to develop lightweight, optimized parts with the requirements built right in.

Bradley studied architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and has been developing computational design tools for advanced manufacturing for the last 10-plus years.