We offer state of the art knowhow on structural optimization to get lightweight, durable, and cost effective mechanical parts with ProTOp. Our audience ranges from beginners to experts, either in structural simulation or optimization.

Brief introduction to simulation driven design and structural optimization

  • From FEA engineer to FEA-driven-design engineer - a roadmap outline

  • Brief review of possible gains and the most dangerous pitfalls in structural optimization

  • Topology and shape optimization - a brief review of WHEN, WHY, and HOW

Topology optimization with ProTOp

  • Main differences between a FEA-only model and topology-optimization-ready model for ProTOp

  • Preparing the model properly from the start: element choice, regions creation, defining load cases, ...

  • Model configuration (solids, generation of shell and lattice structures from solid models)

  • Optimizing solid and lattice structures

  • Optimization task finalization: targeting, main settings, ...

Engaging the advanced options

  • Enforcing geometrical/technological constraints

  • Modeling assemblies with contacts - engaging semi-contact elements properly and effectively in case of pins, bolt fastenings, ...

  • Engaging semi-plastic elements correctly to achieve various desired effects

  • Increasing structure damage resistance by influencing the tension and compression stresses

Running optimization tasks effectively

  • Things to consider before pressing the RUN button

  • Reducing RAM consumption and CPU time by proper model configuration

  • Optimizing performance by using proper FEA solver and other ProTOp settings

  • Optimizing performance by engaging special ProTOp techniques, e.g., the layered growth optimization

  • Tips and tricks in practical optimization

Resulting model finalization

  • Using the surface smoothing tools

  • Export to 3D formats

  • Model evaluation and results verification

Practical examples: walk-through and discussion

  • Simple and strongly focused examples

  • Examples or actual problems supplied by the customer

The actual training content is always determined in cooperation with the customer. It heavily depends on customer experience and its actual practical needs. The customer is always strongly encouraged to provide its own examples (actual projects) to become part of the training.