Ansys Mechanical Topology Optimization (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide the knowledge about the optimization workflow in Ansys Workbench. The complete end-to-end procedure is shown from the original CAD to the final calculation on the optimized shape.

The course includes information about the optimization methods and the general theory. It shows the basic as well as the advanced definitions of optimization for static applications. The optimization in dynamics is also covered in this course.

A part of this course focuses on the geometry tools used in SpaceClaim to prepare and repair the STL files.

The materials include an application example that can be treated as a workshop/discussion time to review the general workflow for optimization.



A technical education and a background in the fundamentals of finite element analysis are recommended.

The completion of the following courses is strongly advised:

  • Ansys Mechanical Getting Started
  • Introduction to Ansys SpaceClaim for FEA Users

Target Audience:

Engineers and Designers looking for optimized designs.

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. A training certificate is provided to all attendees who complete the course.

Self-paced Learning:

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription. Register for a subscription using the tab below or contact for more information.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

On completion of this training course, you will be able to:

  • Have a full knowledge of the workflow  
  • Understand the Optimization Theory
  • Prepare the STL files in SpaceClaim: reconstruct the optimized structure
  • Understand the basic response and manufacturing constraints
  • Consider multiple load cases
  • Solve a Topology Optimization in dynamics
  • Be familiar with lattice structures

Available Dates

Time Duration Event Type Location Language Course Cost Registration
March 8, 2021
09:00 - 11:00 EST (GMT -5)
4 Sessions
Mar 8-11
Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only Register
June 14, 2021
11:00 - 13:00 EST (GMT -5)
4 Sessions
Jun 14-17
Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with an Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a 2 day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops.  For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 X 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

  • Workflow Description
  • Optimization Theory
  • STL preparation in SpaceClaim
  • Reconstruction of the optimized structure
  • Basic response and manufacturing constraints
  • Load cases consideration
  • Response and manufacturing constraints in dynamics

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Material along the load path
  • Workshop 01.1: Michell Structure
  • Workshop 01.2: STL Transfer
  • Module 02: Basic Definition in Steady-State Applications
  • Workshop 02.1: Basic Static
  • Workshop 02.2: Load Cases
  • Module 03: Design Validation
  • Workshop 03.1: Design Validation Workflow

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1 (Part 1)

  • Module 04: Reverse Engineering (Optional)
  • Workshop 04.1: Possibilities of Geometry Conversion

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 2 (Part 2)

  • Module 05: Example: Pitch arm of a helicopter rotor head

Virtual Classroom Session 3 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 06: Advanced definitions in static applications
  • Module 07: Topology optimization in dynamics
  • Workshop 07.1: Dynamics

Virtual Classroom Session 4 / Live Classroom Day 2 

  • Module 08: Topology optimization in applications for statics and dynamics
  • Workshop 08.1: Deriving a Homogenized Model from a Lattice Optimization Result