Design for Additive Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study

Article by Angus Hudson, CSWP updated July 25, 2019


Additive manufacturing is no longer a bleeding edge technology; this powerful method is being used across countless industries, for applications ranging from rapid prototyping to jigs/fixtures and production end-use parts. Widespread adoption of the materials and geometric freedom provided by additive manufacturing pushes the boundaries of traditional simulation validation processes.

Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced Topology Study, an exiting new study type that utilizes goals and constraints to optimize geometry for its design requirements. This optimization often produces complex, organic shapes, that are ideally suited to take advantage of the additive manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 built on the success of Topology study, adding new types of constraints, and enabling the optimized geometry to be exported as a mesh solid. Additive manufacturing frequently depends on the use of plastic materials, which necessitates the use of a nonlinear analysis in order to accurately validate product performance.

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Check out the following video, which details how SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium’s powerful capabilities, and industry-leading integration with  your CAD data, will enable you to save time and money when utilizing additive manufacturing.

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Angus Hudson, CSWP

Angus is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional and Applications Expert, based in our Vancouver, British Columbia office.