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Topology optimization advances to support additive manufacturing

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Among the various methods for finding the optimal structure of a product or component, topology optimization is one that software vendors today are working to make more accessible and easier to use by engineers and designers. A key driver of these efforts is the surge of activity around additive manufacturing (AM). In marked contrast to the over-hyped but currently under-performing category of consumer 3D printers, AM is garnering high interest from manufacturing industries today because of advances in materials and processes that make it an increasingly practical method for manufacturing actual production parts and assemblies. Continue reading

Design space exploration industry timeline

A timeline of company formations, product launches and M&A activity among design exploration and optimization software vendors maps the pace and direction of the industry’s development.

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Design exploration software industry M&A outlook 2015

After 2013 saw Red Cedar Technology acquired by CD-adapco and FE-DESIGN by Dassault Systèmes, mergers and acquisitions in the design exploration and optimization software industry took a breather last year. What could drive M&A activity in 2015? Continue reading

Design exploration vs. design optimization

Automating the search for solutions to engineering problems can take either of two broad approaches: design exploration or design optimization. Practitioners making technology choices need to understand which tools do one, which do the other, and which approach best fits their needs. A global roster of commercially available design exploration and optimization software appears at the end of this post. Continue reading