Structural optimization is a simulation-driven design technique that lets teams identify and explore high-potential designs – and reject low-potential ones – earlier in development cycles. Manufacturers can use structural optimization to enhance their product designs and generate lightweight, manufacturable concepts. They can also use it to refine products and validate them virtually, leading to innovative, cost-effective design solutions.
Topography optimization is a simulation-driven design technology that helps manufacturers design and optimize thin-walled parts. Local shape modifications improve vibration characteristics, and topology optimization software can suggest the location, shape, and orientation of these modifications – which often outperform a traditional layout.
Topology optimization is used to design optimal, manufacturable structures. When faced with complex parts carrying multiple loads, all packaged into a tight design space, topology optimization helps designers identify a material layout that maximizes stiffness and minimizes mass.
Size, Shape, and Free-shape optimization are used to fine-tune the formation of structural product concepts. By finding optimal solutions for key product characteristics like cross-sectional thickness and material choice, and by refining areas with high stress concentration, these tools reduce the risk of product failure.
Free-size optimization optimizes machine structures and parts stamped from tailor-welded blanks, but is most widely used in the design of complex laminate composite components. It helps engineers find the optimal thickness, ply shapes, and stacking sequence for these complex composite materials.