Optimization Overview

Optimization will find the most effecitve design for each design space in a model in response to the applied loading conditions on that model. You can run several different types of optimization including topology, topography,gauge, and PolyNURBS shape optimization.

Before performing an optimization, you must:

  1. Define at least one part to use as a design space. Parts that are meshes are ignored and cannot be used for optimization, but can contribute structurally to the model by being physically attached.
  2. Define one or more load cases, each containing:
    • Supports that prevent the model from translating or rotating in any direction.
    • At least one load such as a force, pressure, or torque applied to a non-design space. If the optimization objective is to maximize frequency, loads are not required.
  3. Optional: Apply additional constraints, materials, and/or manufacturing controls.
  4. Run an optimization and await the results, which can take a few minutes to a few hours depending on the complexity of the model.
  5. View the results using the Shape Explorer. You can view additional information using the Compare Results table and callouts.
Tip: Not all parts in the model need to be design spaces to run an optimization. In many cases, you will need to apply loads and supports to the parts surrounding the design space in order to properly define your model. However, only the design space itself will be optimized.