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.
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.
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!
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.