Go from napkin sketch idea to an optimal design by using the Topology Optimization tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Use a Topology study to explore design iterations of a component that satisfy a given optimization goal and geometric constraints. A Topology study performs nonparametric topology optimization of parts. Learn how design and manufacturing constraints factor into the process and understand real-world performance with a strength test. With a Topology study, you can set a design goal to find the best stiffness to weight ratio, minimize the mass, or reduce the maximum displacement of a component.
Example: You can optimize the part of a car hood opening mechanism, as shown in the image below in blue, in terms of strength and weight (image courtesy of Ring Brothers LLC).