In simplest terms, a topology study uses an iterative algorithm to run a design optimization loop that generates the best possible shape based on the information you specify, such as loads, constraints, boundary conditions, and manufacturing controls.
Instead of spending time creating a model, you can use the topology-optimized model as a starting point or reference, saving you time while simultaneously improving performance. You can also use topology studies to explore new ideas and varying design options, and help refine your designs by letting you know where to add material and where to take it away. Topology Optimization with SOLIDWORKS® enables you to:
- Create smaller, lighter-weight components
- Modulate part stiffness
- Design for additive or subtractive manufacturing
- Automate the meshing process
- Run the optimization loop in the background
Read the white paper to learn how Topology Optimization enables you to produce the optimal design and select the best means of production early in your design workflow.