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Highlights from IGA 2018 conference

The IGA 2018 conference in Austin, Texas, was a electric moment in the isogeometric analysis (IGA) movement, with nearly 150 attendees. The real shift was the noticeable industry presence at this previously academic conference. The IGA commercialization train is starting to pull out of the station and it’s a fun and exciting time to be involved. Here are some of the highlights from the conference.

1. IGA 2018 industry highlights

Over 15 commercial companies were represented at IGA 2018. Here's a glimpse into some of what they presented.

  • LS-DYNA shared updates of their IGA keywords, and examples from a number of their partners, including some work featuring the Bezier Extraction format used to send data from third parties (like Coreform) to LS-DYNA.
  • Beta-CAE shared impressive advances of IGA support in Ansa - they are putting a lot of attention on what it means for users to interact with smooth IGA elements.
  • Both Elysium and ITI showed really interesting tech that can help use CAD data more effectively in IGA. 
  • Honda shared its growing number of impressive IGA benchmarks.
  • Greg Vernon from Honeywell FM&T (pictured above) shared initial results of an IGA benchmark of a spring compression problem co-developed with Coreform, showing nearly 50x speed-up with nearly 500x fewer elements using Coreform Analyze IGA software than with commercial FEA software.
  • nVariate gave an update on the progress to include unstructured spline definitions (like T-splines or U-splines) in upcoming STEP ISO-standards.

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Coreform to present at IGA 2018

Coreform LLC is developing cutting-edge simulation technology to enable more accurate simulations, directly on CAD geometry. We are building our commercial software on an impressive and ever-growing body of published research in the field of isogeometric analysis (IGA). IGA is now one of the fastest growing research fields in finite element analysis. From the introduction of IGA in 2005 until May 31, 2018, the total number of IGA citations is now 30,423, with 8,110 citations in 2017 alone (source: Web of Science). The largest IGA conference of the year will take place October 10-12, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

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Coreform secures three new R&D investments


Coreform LLC was recently awarded three new federal and state contracts and grants to advance the commercialization of its groundbreaking Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) U-spline technology:

  • A Phase II SBIR from the United States Department of Energy
  • A Phase II SBIR from the United States Naval Air Systems Command
  • A Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grant from the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)

Each of these funding programs is highly competitive, and submissions are vetting for both technical promise and business potential. Coreform was granted these contracts based on the promise of its patent-pending U-spline technology and the strength of its experienced leadership team. Each contract will advance certain fundamental aspects of the U-spline technology while also addressing key applications of U-splines, such as integrating CAD and CAE and streamlining high-end structural dynamics simulation for automotive and other applications.

“It’s gratifying to see an increasing number of organizations recognize the need for a new technology capable of enabling truly integrated CAD/CAE and opening doors to new workflows, significant time savings, and higher accuracy,” said Matthew Sederberg, Coreform CEO. “These contracts will build on a strong foundation of public and private partners funding the development of products based on Coreform’s commercial isogeometric analysis technology.”

The USTAR TAP grant is a competitive grant designed to accelerate technology commercialization, shortening the traditional development phase and enabling Utah companies to compete for private capital sooner.

“Coreform’s U-spline technology offers promising applications across a variety of sectors ranging from the car you drive daily to work to advanced military aircraft. The TAP award is indicative of the company’s successful performance to-date as well as representative of the technology’s potential to generate economic growth in Utah,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., executive director of USTAR.

Coreform is actively hiring additional researchers and programmers to join its world-class team and create the first native isogeometric analysis software, which promises higher accuracy and time savings over traditional FEA techniques. Please visit the Coreform careers page to learn more.

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is the state’s technology-based economic development agency. USTAR serves as a catalyst to develop ideas and research into marketable products and successful companies through its competitive grant and entrepreneur support programs. USTAR propels Utah’s economy forward by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the non-IT science and deep technology clusters. USTAR facilitates the diversification of the state’s tech economy, increases private follow-on investments, and ensures more companies successfully launch and survive the initial technology development and incubation stages, or the so-called "Valley of Death." In doing so, USTAR helps create a rich innovation ecosystem that grows the state’s economy, tax revenue, and workforce. For more information, visit

Established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas. NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

About DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program
The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program mission is to discover, develop, and deploy computational and networking capability to analyze, model, simulate and predict complex phenomena important to the Department of Energy and the advancement of science.

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Coreform is hiring

Working at Coreform has been an amazing experience for all of us so far. Each day when we go to work we honestly feel like we are changing the world. Our technical leads have invested decades of foundational research and development in proving out the groundbreaking concepts that Coreform's new approach to CAE and CAD is based on. Our CEO has spent his entire career introducing new technologies to a broad range of CAD industries, both at a previous startup and at the largest CAD company in the world. We all feel like everything in our careers has prepared us for this amazing opportunity to introduce a powerful new paradigm for integrated CAD and CAE. We've spent the last few years building out a strong technical foundation. Recently our funding has grown, and we need to add several world-class people to our team to bring our first products to market.

We hope you'll take a serious look at working here. It's taxing and intellectually challenging, but very meaningful. You'll see three job descriptions that describe skills that we need, but the reality is that we are still a small startup and it's hard to put anyone in a small, carefully described box, and your contributions will certainly outstride these job descriptions. Please visit the Coreform careers page to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Learn about IGA and U-splines: Attend April Coreform conference presentations in Europe

Learn more about Coreform's game-changing U-splines technology at a number of simulation and geometric modeling conferences in April. We hope to meet you at one of these events.
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Isogeometric analysis and Model-Based Enterprise

Have you ever heard of the Model-Based Enterprise? It’s the idea of using a 3D CAD model to fully describe all the design requirements for a product. It might seem like an obvious idea – the 3D CAD model was painstakingly and accurately built, so why wouldn’t it be used as the artifact of record for manufacturing a part? In actuality, for historical reasons many industries are still relying on 2D drawings as the “source of truth” for what should be manufactured. It seems strange to make 2D drawings from a 3D CAD model – wouldn’t it make sense to just enhance and annotate the CAD model to provide the greatest insights for manufacturing?

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Dezignstuff article about Coreform

Matt Lombard's Dezignstuff blog was the epicenter of conversations and opinions about CAD software and surfacing earlier this decade. Siemens hired Matt several years ago and the blog died down; he's recently independent again and we're happy to see that he has started to write again. In his first interview since restarting his blog, he interviewed Coreform CEO Matt Sederberg about his past with T-Splines and what Coreform is doing to commercialize isogeometric analysis and U-splines.
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IGA conference in September

If you're familiar with isogeometric analysis (IGA), then you've likely heard of and probably attended the annual global IGA conference. This is the place to learn about all the advances that have been made over the past year in IGA. This year, Coreform co-founders Dr. Thomas Hughes, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Michael Scott, and Mr. Matthew Sederberg will be at the IGA conference in Pavia, Italy, 11-13 September 2017.

We hope you can make it as well, if you'd like to meet up, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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U-splines presentation at USNCCM in Montreal

Dr. Derek Thomas will be presenting a paper on U-splines at the USNCCM conference in Montreal on July 17. Will you be attending? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about U-splines or to meet up there.
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U-splines public presentation 11 July

Dr. Michael Scott will present a paper on U-splines at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Pittsburg on July 11. More details.
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U-splines to be introduced at SMI conference on June 21

Dr. Derek Thomas will present the first public lecture about U-splines at the S3PM Symposia in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday June 21, 2017. His talk is listed as MS-4-2. We hope that if you're at the conference you'll be able to attend this lecture.
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SolidSmack talks Coreform

SolidSmack has long been one of our favorite sites to catch what's new in the world of engineering and design. They recently did a writeup on Coreform - go check it out!
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Coreform develops software for better simulation through better geometry

IGA is more efficient and robust than traditional FEA.

At Coreform, we've been working for a few years (we previously called our company Isogeometrx) on laying the foundation for the commercial use of isogeometric analysis (IGA). IGA has been well-proven academically as an accurate and exciting field of finite element analysis (FEA). IGA is sometimes called "next-gen" FEA because of its promise of higher accuracy and unification with CAD geometry. But IGA has lacked enabling technology to be seriously used in industry. And, while anyone associated with the CAD or CAE industries would agree at a high level that significant efficiencies would be gained if FEA was able to be performed directly on CAD geometry without first simplifying, approximating, and meshing the CAD, such a vision would require massive, fundamental change.

A path towards this unification of CAD and FEA is emerging from our work at Coreform. We're working on a first commercial step of bringing the accuracy benefits of IGA to existing FEA workflows. We've invented an enabling technology, U-splines, that has shown promising early results as a basis for improved simulation as well as potential for use in CAD. We will be publicly unveiling U-splines later this year. In the meantime, it's time to start talking more about what we're up to and the power of IGA. Check out our website to learn more, including:

We acknowledge and thank our strong foundation of commercial and government partners who are funding our development. If you need higher accuracy in your simulations than you’re currently getting from FEA, or tighter integration between CAD and CAE, and would like us to consider your requirements as we continue development, let’s talk!

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Coreform to present with Ford at SAE

On April 5, 2017, Coreform will co-present results of its isogeometric analysis shell benchmarks with Ford at the SAE global congress in Detroit. This is a landmark presentation - the first public showing of results of our alpha isogeometric analysis solver, Coreform Analyze. Will you be at the SAE conference? Let’s meet up! Drop me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Isogeometrx is now Coreform

When we founded Isogeometrx in 2014, it was in response to growing industry demand for commercial isogeomteric analysis tools. IGA had been invented back in 2005, and yet no commercial companies had emerged to champion its adoption within industry.

The past three years has seen our company evolve from an extension of a research group to a growing product company. We picked the new name Coreform in part because we were tired of explaining how to spell “Isogeometrx.” But also, after debating over 200 names between us, Coreform stood apart with both the strength of the name and the connotations it provided: truly, our mission is to enable better simulation through better geometry, and this is only possible by enhancing the core basis of the forms being simulated.

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