In that blog clap skates were used, but since the weather has started to warm up, I thought in-line skates would be a better case study, particularly the frame (Figure 1). Both software are powerful and complex, so I will try to keep things simple and showcase the basics. More detailed information for the optimization in Isight can be found here and in Tosca here.
In the past, we have already given an example of optimizing a structure using Tosca. Now, I want to revisit this topic and focus specifically on geometry issues. I’ll explain how I obtained the geometry used for optimization, and also show how to get a 3D model of the optimized geometry, that can be used for further finite element analysis.
The example: a hip implant
Though we probably don’t always realize it, we use our hips a lot. After years of loading, they can become damaged and painful. In these cases, replacing the hip with an implant can be a solution. Here we are going to let Tosca design an optimized hip implant, as an example.
In the past, the reliability of some products were assured by keeping the mass of those relatively high. When computers started being a tool available for all, engineers began using them to calculate what is the likelyhood of failure. With this approach, weight of products was reduced and theirs reliability increased (or at least kept at the same level).
This article focuses on the possibilities for increasing innovation with Topology Optimization for Additive Manufactured Parts. Topology Optimization provides freedom to create unique structures that are a perfect fit for that given structural behaviour.