SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study Intermediate Results

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated September 22, 2018

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 now allows Topology Studies to be stopped during intermediate iterations and keep its results.  The results may not be fully optimal as the solver is interrupted before reaching convergence.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study Intermediate Results

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Solver Dialog

NOTE: If you terminate the solver before reaching convergence, rerunning the study will need to start from the beginning.  It cannot carry on from last iteration results.

Here is an example of a Topology study with fixtures on two faces and a force on the opposite end.  A factor of safety constraint and a half-symmetry manufacturing control has been added.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study

Here the solver is stopped after the 10th iteration (~12%).   You are able to view the Material Mass Plot of this iteration.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Intermediate Topology Results

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Intermediate Topology Results

However you will see a warning in the tree that the results have not fully converged.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study Intermediate Results

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Intermediate Result Warning

Also you will not be able to generate stress, strain, displacement or Factor of Safety plots with these intermediate results.  Only the Material Mass plot is available but you can still export the shape as a Graphics/Solid/Surface body.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Intermediate Result Plots

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Intermediate Result Plots

In this case, running the study until convergence gave the following shape and exported solid body.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Optimized Design

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Optimized Design

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Exported Solid Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Exported Solid Mesh

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.