Siemens PLM Software has released the new version of its Topology Optimization module to Siemens PLM NX 12.0. This solution can help you design a part by providing you with an optimal design recommendation.
About Siemens Topology Optimization. Topology optimization isn’t just a good candidate for your next band name, it’s a critical part of design for additive manufacturing. Innovative production technologies like 3D printing call for innovations in design, as complex geometrical structures never before possible through subtractive methods are being brought to life now, enhancing capabilities across the board for industry. At the forefront of many recent innovations, Siemens has been stepping up its game as it steps up participation in the additive manufacturing industry through solutions including its powerful and proven software offerings.
Siemens has announced a partnership with Colorado-based Frustum, known for its Generate platform, a cloud-based optimization solution. Frustum has been positioning itself as a problem-solver for those working with design for additive manufacturing.
The new partnership brings Frustum’s topology optimization into NX software from Siemens as an integrated module. The benefit to generative design possible with the software from Frustum, as integrated into Siemens’ platform, is that design options can be automatically generated to allow for considerations of material, function, weight, cost, and more as a designer inputs constraints and can select the best option in a speedy, efficient workflow. Topology optimization specifically refers to the steamlined shape of a design to ensure structural integrity while considering optimal weight and material usage to keep those low in a strong ultimate design. As Siemens has been looking toward convergent modeling in its offerings as a way to streamline and simplify work with complex geometries, this addition fits nicely with their growing focus.
Use of Frustum’s technology in the NX platform will allow for significant benefits to industrial designers and engineers seeking the best possible designs for use in additive manufacturing. Among the potential uses here are calculating, optimizing, adapting, and validating options by running multiple scenarios comparing each to determine the best manufacture-ready design, including consideration of force application points and load cases. Reductions in weight and in materials use can be automated while keeping structural strength in check. By optimizing designs ahead of sending them to the 3D printer, users nullify the need for redesign of incompletely thought-out projects. Industries especially targeted to benefit from these considerations include aerospace, automotive, and heavy machinery — all areas where lightweight-yet-strong components are critical to success.
Product lifecycle management (PLM) software has been an area of great focus lately for Siemens, as the company becomes more entrenched in the AM world through work with such entities as Stratasys, Strata and Etihad, and Verashape. Siemens has been positioning itself to benefit from strong ideas and partnerships, encouraging growth in promising young companies. The partnership announced with Frustum underscores the dedication to AM and innovative design potential that is so permeating industry today.
About Siemens PLM Software. Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software. We help thousands of companies realize innovation by optimizing their processes, from planning and development through manufacturing, production and support.
Product: Siemens Topology Optimization Module
Version: NX 12.0.0
Supported Architectures: x64
System Requirements: PC
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions
Software Prerequisites: Siemens PLM NX 12.0.0
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