What is Optimization?

Optimization generates a shape for each design space in a model in response to the loads on that model. It carves material away from design spaces, creating the lightest shape possible to withstand the forces that you apply to the model. You perform optimization by defining at least one design space and one or more load cases that contain loads and supports. If desired, you may also apply various constraints. Then you run an optimization and await the results, which can take a few minutes to a few hours depending on the complexity of the model. Once the results are complete, you can interactively explore variations of the resulting shape using the Shape Explorer.