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Ansys Topology Optimization
Reinvent your product development process

A first-ever interactive topology optimization tool leveraging the gold standard of Ansys simulation to uncover design solutions through shape optimization, without the computational cost.

cross section of plane engine


Real-time Topology Optimization Paired with 3D Printing Drives Innovation

Explore multiple manufacturable designs in minutes through a fast and interactive experience, where you can define objectives easily and apply controls to ensure that manufacturing requirements are met, minimum material thicknesses are set and exclusion areas are defined.

Quick Specs

Ansys Topology Optimization produces design insights in real-time, driving inspiration and lightweighting design possibilities in less time.

  • Manufacturing Requirements & Constraints
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Lightweighting
  • Performance Simulation
  • Real-Time Optimization
  • Lattice Optimization
  • Part Consolidation
  • Cloud Solve Capabilities
  • CAD Interoperability
  • 3D Printing
  • Shape Optimization
  • Design Parameters

Predator Cycling Optimizes The Cycling Experience With Simulation

Delivering a fast, trusted workflow, Ansys simulation created an AI-driven design with weight and structural integrity in mind.

Topology optimization of Predator cycling bottle cage

“I absolutely love topology optimization, it's my favorite thing ever. We had this idea for a bottle cage that would be perfect to 3D print, but we never would have figured it out without Discovery.”

Aram Goganian Chief Product Designer, Predator Cycling

Traditional design approaches often don't make the most of new manufacturing methods, like additive manufacturing, which removes design constraints and enables the creation of lighter and stronger parts and systems. Shape optimization can often be the missing link when a design solution isn't obvious.

The Predator Cycling Team's adoption of Ansys Topology Optimization enabled the creation of a product that satisfied and surpassed their design goals, while providing a product that improved their customers' experience.

Topology Optimization Can Benefit Any Industry

Ansys Topology Optimization capabilities expands the possibilities of design process performance targets. Whether your focus is on reducing weight in an airplane, or optimizing the design of a civil structure, Ansys Topology Optimization in Discovery and Mechanical provides opportunities to design creatively with speed and efficiency.

Our capabilities account for manufacturing constraints such as 3-axis milling, overhang prevention techniques and supports multiple load cases and physics, including modal and structural simulations.

What's most impressive is the optimization speed, allowing multiple iterations to be run in seconds and providing powerful guidance early in the design process when it matters most.

Topology optimization of an axle


Key Features

  • Manufacturing techniques & constraints
  • Real-time optimization
  • CAD Interoperability
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Lattice Optimization
  • 3D Printing
  • Light weighting
  • Shape Optimization
  • Part consolidation
  • Performance simulation
  • Cloud Solve Capabilities
  • Validation

One word. FAST. It can build an optimal shape in about 60 seconds.

Unlike most optimization techniques, topology optimization utilizes a level-set‒based method, meaning that a precise smooth shape is defined at each step of the process.

The shape is also fully simulated at each step, enabling designers to review the evolution of the part’s behavior and performance.

Discover a variety of design solutions proposing a consolidation of multiple components into one or a few solid parts, reducing assembly costs and optimizing manufacturing techniques.

Identify solutions to minimize mass and material use, while meeting performance criteria, maintaining design goals, and holding engineering constraints.

Support multiple load cases and physics, including modal and structural simulations, making it easy to get a usable result the first time.  Invent better quality products in less time, while meeting design criteria, reducing material waste.

Leverage Ansys’ comprehensive additive manufacturing solution Ansys Additive Suite spans the entire workflow – from design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) through validation, print design, process simulation and exploration of materials.  Avoid build failure and create parts that accurately conform to design specifications with Ansys Additive Suite. 

Print your parts right the first time through a comprehensive solution, minimizing the risk of your additive manufacturing processes, ensuring high quality parts.

Featured Resources

Case Studies

IIT Bombay Racing Designs a Lightweight Wing Mounting Structure Through Topology Optimization

IIT Bombay Racing Formula Student team developed a lightweight mounting structure for their car’s rear wing using Ansys tools. Learn how!

Optimizing a BAJA SAE Buggy with Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Fluent

Team Predators Racing uses Ansys software to optimize structural components for mass and strength and for simulation of fluid flow over individual components and full car models.

Magnax: A New Era of Axial Flux Motor Technology for Electric Vehicles

Learn how Magnax engineers used Ansys structural, electromagnetic and thermal solutions to improve their yokeless axial flux technology.

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