A latticed part produced by a Carbon 3D printer. (Photo courtesy Carbon)

The acquisition is said to broaden Carbon’s technology platform to enable product design and development teams to create better products in less time

August 24, 2022

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Through its recent acquisition of ParaMatters, the 3D printing technology firm Carbon expanded its software capabilities to include topology optimization. The acquisition broadens Carbon’s technology platform to enable product design and development teams to create better products in less time, using a wide variety of materials and production systems, Carbon said in a release.

According to Carbon, most software platforms that are used for designing and manufacturing products are optimized for constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing, including injection molding, casting, and subtractive processes. The lack of modern design software that can quickly iterate and take advantage of the benefits of additive manufacturing continues to constrain the product development lifecycle, the company said.

The acquisition of ParaMatters is said to address this gap and expand Carbon’s generative design software capabilities to enable increased automation and the creation of more complex, higher-performance part designs. These benefits build on Carbon’s recent introduction of Design Engine™, which is used by global brands to automate the process of developing latticed parts for production, Carbon said in the release.

“We recognize the critical role software design tools play in our customers’ digital transformation. For far too long, designers have settled for software design tools that adhere to the limitations of traditional manufacturing,” said Carbon Co-founder and Member of the Office of the CEO Phil DeSimone, in the release. “Many design tools of yesterday are not optimized to take advantage of industry innovations, including advanced 3D printing materials and manufacturing processes. Both Carbon and ParaMatters have shared the same vision to provide modern tools to ensure product development teams can create better products in less time.”

“Software is the backbone of our idea-to-production platform, and we believe the generative design capabilities from ParaMatters are a key expansion of our design software,” said Craig Carlson, chief technology officer and member of the office of the CEO. “By expanding our software capabilities that are optimized for additive manufacturing, we are empowering a generation of designers and developers to create better end use products with advanced geometries and improved performance characteristics.”

ParaMatters Chairman and CEO Robert Yusin said the ParaMatters team is proud of the software design tools it has built to advance additive manufacturing.

“The ability to expand our offering as a part of Carbon’s idea-to-production platform will enable our customers to design and produce better products,” Yusin said in the release. “As one team, we intend to move the manufacturing industry beyond its current roadblocks.”

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