How to Reduce Material Costs using SOLIDWORKS Optimization software

Article by Rod Mackay updated February 5, 2013


Over the past decade, design engineers have learned to use and trust such computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools as finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and motion simulation as important aids to producing better designs faster. They know that such tools help them design parts, assemblies, and products that will withstand the toughest service likely to befall them.

Reduce Material Costs

Reduce Material Costs with SOLIDWORKS

However, products designed to meet “worst case scenarios” may not be the best designs for their real life environments. To meet safety and strength requirements, they may be over-engineered and too heavy for their purposes, or excessively difficult and costly to manufacture. Design engineers who want to get closer to designing the best and most profitable products for their functions need to take the next CAE step in product development—optimization.

Download our guide to get an insight into how you can reduce Material Costs but still meet your product requirements.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.