LEAP 71 releases PicoGK, an open-source software framework for computational engineering. Computational engineering will radically change the way physical objects are designed, according to the company.
Compared to traditional, often time-consuming, design processes for engineered products, computational engineering enables the generation of components and even entire machines in just minutes. These are immediately ready for production using digital manufacturing techniques, especially industrial 3D printing.
Josefine Lissner, Founder and CEO of LEAP 71 said: “At our company, we are creating sophisticated machinery using Computational Engineering, in fields from electric mobility to space propulsion; from hydraulic systems, to heat exchangers. But Computational Engineering needs to become a global movement, and any movement needs to be rooted in Free and Open-Source Software.”
The PicoGK software framework is the foundation of all LEAP 71’s computational engineering models, and the company recently announced a collaboration with European aerospace company The Exploration Company to develop rocket engines for their space freighters. In addition, LEAP 71 will present its latest advances in efficient electric motors and heat exchangers at the COP 28 Climate Change Conference in November.
Said, Lin Kayser, Co-founder of LEAP 71 and one of the early pioneers in Computational Engineering: “Humanity is entering a critical phase, where we need to out-innovate some of our global challenges. Accelerating the speed at which new technologies can be invented and brought to market is paramount. This needs to happen broadly and cannot be done by just one company. PicoGK is one important step on the path to global adoption of this paradigm.”
The software framework PicoGK is now available under the Apache 2.0 open source license in the Github repository of LEAP 71 (https://github.com/leap71).