5 ways to optimize your design

Gauge optimization, size and shape, and shell optimization, can be used to improve an existing design without altering its overall architecture. 3D topology optimization can be used when a significant re-design is desired because it identifies the optimal load paths of a structure and recommend material reduction. The material layout produced in the 3D topology is then interpreted into a concept design which is dimensioned and fine-tuned with the gauge, size, and shape approaches resulting in a final structure.

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HyperStudy – Data Sources

HyperStudy – Data Sources

Data Sources in HyperStudy

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OptiStruct – Solver Online Help

OptiStruct – Solver Online Help

New online help with OptiStruct.

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HyperStudy – New Online Help

HyperStudy – New Online Help

New online help in HyperStudy

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HyperStudy – New Model Types Support

HyperStudy – New Model Types Support

New model types supported in HyperStudy

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SimLab – Identical Features

SimLab – Identical Features

Identical Features option in Simlab.

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HyperStudy – Ordination Post Processing

HyperStudy – Ordination Post Processing

Ordination Post Processing in HyperStudy

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Radioss – Recommendations for Crash Applications Interface Type 24

Radioss – Recommendations for Crash Applications Interface Type 24

Recommendations for Crash Applications for Interface Type 24 in Radioss.

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HyperStudy – Gradients Tab

HyperStudy – Gradients Tab

Gradients tab in HyperStudy

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SimLab – Flatten face

SimLab – Flatten face

Flatten face option in Simlab.

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OptiStruct – Enhanced FSTOSZ functionality for Composites Optimization

OptiStruct – Enhanced FSTOSZ functionality for Composites Optimization

Enhanced FSTOSZ functionality for composites optimization with OptiStruct.

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HyperStudy – Input Variable Constraints

HyperStudy – Input Variable Constraints

Input variable constraints in HyperStudy

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OptiStruct – Neuber optimization response in nonlinear subcase

OptiStruct – Neuber optimization response in nonlinear subcase

Neuber optimization response in nonlinear subcase in OptiStruct.

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OptiStruct – Zone Based Discrete Composite Free-Size Optimization

OptiStruct – Zone Based Discrete Composite Free-Size Optimization

Zone based discrete composite free-size optimization with OptiStruct.

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OptiStruct – Contact Pressure/Force as a Response for optimization

OptiStruct – Contact Pressure/Force as a Response for optimization

Contact Pressure/Force as a response for optimization with OptiStruct.

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SimLab – Face Mesh Control with Layer option

SimLab – Face Mesh Control with Layer option

Face mesh control with layer option in Simlab.

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OptiStruct – Equivalent Plastic Strain Response for optimization

OptiStruct – Equivalent Plastic Strain Response for optimization

Equivalent plastic strain response for optimization with OptiStruct.

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#1347: OptiStruct – LGDISP support for Anisotropic Materials

#1347: OptiStruct – LGDISP support for Anisotropic Materials

LGDISP support for anisotropic materials with OptiStruct.

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SimLab – Morph Features

SimLab – Morph Features

Morph features option in Simlab.

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OptiStruct – Manufacturing constraints for composite optimization

OptiStruct – Manufacturing constraints for composite optimization

Manufacturing constraints for composite optimization with OptiStruct.

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SimLab – Create Rib

SimLab – Create Rib

Create rib option in Simlab.

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SimLab – Modify and Remove Fillet

SimLab – Modify and Remove Fillet

Modify and remove fillet option in Simlab.

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Tips & TricksOptiStruct – Output of Multiple Failure Theories for Composites

Tips & TricksOptiStruct – Output of Multiple Failure Theories for Composites

Output of multiple failure theories for composites in OptiStruct.

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OptiStruct – Failure response for topology optimization

OptiStruct – Failure response for topology optimization

Failure response for topology optimization in OptiStruct.

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Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Manufacturing Constraints for Composite Optimization

Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Manufacturing Constraints for Composite Optimization

Certain manufacturing constraints are important when designing composite laminates, like balancing of plies, thickness of plies, etc. ln OptiStruct, manufacturing constraints can be defined during free size optimization, shuffling optimization for a better manufacturability and desired stacking sequ

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Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Equivalent Plastic Strain Response for Optimization

Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Equivalent Plastic Strain Response for Optimization

Equivalent plastic strain can be used as an internal response when a nonlinear response optimization is run using the equivalent static load method. This is made possible through the use of an approximated correlation between linear strain and plastic strain, which are calculated in the inner and ou

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Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Contact Pressure, Force as a Response for Optimization

Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Contact Pressure, Force as a Response for Optimization

Contact Pressure can be used as an internal response when a model with contact and optimization is run. Contact pressure response is activated using RTYPE=CNTP option. The PTYPE should be set to CONTACT and the corresponding CONTACT Bulk Data ID(s) can be referenced on the ATTi field.

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Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Failure Response for Topology Optimization

Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Failure Response for Topology Optimization

Factor of Safety (FOS) and margin of safety (MOS) optimization responses are now available for Topology optimization. It is calculated using NORM approach on design domain. All optimization types are now supported including Topology.

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Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Neuber Optimization Response in Nonlinear Subcase

Tips & Tricks: OptiStruct - Neuber Optimization Response in Nonlinear Subcase

Neuber Stress and Neuber Strain sensitivities are supported for optimization in small displacement NLSTAT. It was already supported for optimization in FASTCONT analysis. It is supported only for small displacement analysis, it is not supported for large displacement. Once Neuber response is defined

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5 ways to optimize your design

5 ways to optimize your design

Gauge optimization, size and shape, and shell optimization, can be used to improve an existing design without altering its overall architecture. 3D topology optimization can be used when a significant re-design is desired because it identifies the optimal load paths of a structure and recommend mate

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Optistruct Lessons Learned from a Cambered Structure with Welds made Post-Decambering using Modchg

Optistruct Lessons Learned from a Cambered Structure with Welds made Post-Decambering using Modchg

Problem Description - A pre-cambered trailer is loaded to nearly flat under 1g down by a permanent payload (large steel transformer oil reservoir box). - As the payload is loaded, the trailer is 'de-cambered." They payload is then welded in place to the trailer. - Other operational load cases are

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Risks of Using CBAR Elements 

Risks of Using CBAR Elements 

In FE analysis, the aerospace industry continues to make common use of 1D bending elements such as CBAR and CBEAM elements. In particular, aerospace FE analysts use CBAR elements extensively in global loads models. However, the CBAR element has deficiencies compared to its more modern replacement,

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Getting Started - Compose Interface Tour

Getting Started - Compose Interface Tour

Introduction to File Menu, Evaluate Toolbar, Command Window, File/Variable/Project Browser, Property Editor, Help and Tutorials.

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FEMFAT Tip: Save Time By Reusing Scratch Files

FEMFAT Tip: Save Time By Reusing Scratch Files

See how to save time in FEMFAT max analyses by considering the right time for generating scratch files.

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NovaFlow&Solid Tip: Dual Mesh Function

NovaFlow&Solid Tip: Dual Mesh Function

The advantage of using dual-mesh is that the detail can be filled with a slightly smaller mesh solution and then solidify with a higher solution, to ensure as high accuracy as possible using minimum time. Learn how to apply it with this document.

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Modeling a Shower Gel Bottle in solidThinking Evolve - Part 1

Modeling a Shower Gel Bottle in solidThinking Evolve - Part 1

A quick walkthrough using solidThinking Evolve to design and render a shower gel bottle.

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Modeling a Shower Gel Bottle in solidThinking Evolve - Part 2

Modeling a Shower Gel Bottle in solidThinking Evolve - Part 2

Part 2 of a quick walkthrough using solidThinking Evolve to design and render a shower gel bottle.

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Evolve ‪Tips & Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts‬

Evolve ‪Tips & Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts‬

Keyboard shortcuts can help you be more efficient when using Evolve. Here are some shortcuts that can save you time today.

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‪solidThinking Evolve‬ ‪Tips and Tricks‬:‪ Surface Modeling Techniques‬

‪solidThinking Evolve‬ ‪Tips and Tricks‬:‪ Surface Modeling Techniques‬

Start with sketch modeling and learn how to progressively refine your model.

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‪solidThinking Evolve Tips & Tricks‬:‪ Exporting for 3D Printing‬

‪solidThinking Evolve Tips & Tricks‬:‪ Exporting for 3D Printing‬

Darren Chilton discusses the best methods for exporting models as polygonal data in either .stl or .obj file formats.

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‪solidThinking Evolve ‬Tips‪ & T‬ricks‪: Applying Textures and Materials

‪solidThinking Evolve ‬Tips‪ & T‬ricks‪: Applying Textures and Materials

Darren describes techniques for applying textures and materials to the individual surfaces of an object.

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