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CAESS ProTOp

A standalone topology optimization software that takes as input FNF, INP, GEO, and DAT files, generated by PTC® Creo®, Simulia® Abaqus, SolidWorks® Simulation, and Siemens NX™ respectively.



Just released: ProTOp 6.0

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Features

  • Based on custom finite elements, developed in-house especially for topology optimization
  • FEA - highly parallelized code, high performance sparse solver
  • Topology optimizer - a hybrid evolutionary/level-set optimizer, highly parallelized code
  • Shape optimizer - a hybrid geometry/stress optimizer, highly parallelized code
  • Shell (envelope) and lattice structure generation from solid parts
  • Semi-contact and semi-plastic finite elements
  • Easy modeling of pin joints, bolt/rivet fastening, and similar contact situations
  • Simple and easy to use user interface; fully interactive optimization process

Capabilities

  • Structure: statically loaded, linearly elastic isotropic material
  • Objectives: minimum strain energy; maximum lowest eigenfrequency
  • Targeting: volume part, stress, displacement
  • Technological constraints: YES
  • Multiple load cases: YES
  • Smoothing and simplification tools for resulting surface mesh: YES

Hardware recommendations

  • CPU: A good entry is a 4-core i7 or comparable CPU. Note that 6 or 8 cores (e.g., 2 Xeons) are significantly better, but there is not much improvement when going beyond 12 cores.
  • RAM: A good entry is 16 GB, but for more serious work 32 GB is actually the minimum.
  • Drive: In cases of RAM shortage, ProTop will switch to partial out-of-RAM (disk) storage; in this case a dedicated (work) SSD on SATA III interface is recommended.

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ProTOp Basic Information

ProTOp Lattice Tools Information


Detailed specifications and features


ProTOp Data Sheet

ProTOp Features Explained



Supported formats for model import

  • FNF (PTC® Creo®)
  • INP (Simulia® Abaqus)
  • INP (SolidWorks® Simulation)
  • GEO (SolidWorks® Simulation)
  • DAT (Siemens NX™)

Results output formats

  • AMF
  • OBJ
  • STEP
  • STL

A glance at ProTOp 6.0 novelties


Shape optimizer

  • A new hybrid shape optimizer delivers smoother cut surfaces with lower stress levels
  • Seamless transition from topology to shape optimization


Advanced mesh tools

  • Greatly improved mesh refinement with localized improvement within volumes and along surfaces
  • Mesh improvement and cleaning tools
  • Mesh stripping tool for model reduction and shape optimization preprocessing


Session manager

  • A new session concept for more design freedom in prototyping and finalization
  • An intuitive session manager for easy handling of sessions and related operations

A glance at ProTOp 5.0 novelties


Completely renewed engines

  • New FEA process management - much faster for certain optimization problems
  • Renewed internal data format for faster execution and more optimization options
  • Renewed optimization stepper, geometry processing, surface processing, ...


Completely renewed UI

  • Much more intuitive with more preview capabilities
  • Even more interactive as the previous version


New exciting tools

  • Localized FE mesh refinement for easy preparation of adequate meshes
  • Design limits analysis with preview for easier model preparation


Easier FEA model preparation

  • Much better material options handling
  • Easy definition of combined load cases - as a linear combination of imported LCs


Easier optimization model preparation

  • Easier definition of volume and surface regions
  • More intuitive work with configurators and technological constraints


Improved smoothing and export tools

  • Renewed mesh smoothing procedures
  • New simplification tools for export of CAD acceptable surfaces