What is Topology Optimization?

Topology optimization is a computational design method that utilizes a specific set of performance criteria or forces to identify the optimal layout and distribution of material in a part. A combination of mathematical algorithms and finite element analysis (FEA) models assess a part and remove material found in less-stressed regions that would be deemed not necessary for overall part performance.

It enables engineers, designers, and manufacturers to create lightweight and efficient structures that minimize material use while still achieving or improving upon part performance. These structures are complex and would normally be unfeasible to design organically without the use of software.

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The Benefits of Topology Optimization

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Achieve an optimized part weight-to-performance ratio

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Improve Mechanical Loads

Reduce wear and tear on robotic and mechanical systems with lighter parts

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Shorten Design Cycles

Improved product development timelines and reduce designer workload

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Optimize for Additive Manufacturing

Create designs that are optimized to be manufactured with additive manufacturing processes

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Reduce Material Use and Waste

Use only the essential material you need and trim the waste


Optimize Shipping and Logistics

Improve shipping and logistics costs with lighter parts

Make it Stronger. Go Further. Move Faster. 

Design enables you to push boundaries. Speak with an expert today to get your project off the ground.

The Topology Optimization Services Process

Work with the Proto3000 team to produce optimized, manufacturing-ready designs

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We work with your engineering and design team to define constraints, loads, and environmental forces while determining the performance objectives of the project



Our designers then use the provided inputs and powerful industry-leading software tools to create algorithms that remove material where it is not needed based on simulation results.

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We provide the designs back to you for additional testing and feedback

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We recommend options from a range of different additive manufacturing processes and materials that meet your application requirements and performance objectives.

We Use the Best Tools for the Job

Use Only What You Need

Reduce material waste and in doing so reduce the carbon footprint your parts have. By optimizing the material used within your part and utilizing a manufacturing process (like additive manufacturing) that only places material when needed, you can greatly reduce waste. Additionally, parts made with this process can save weight and fuel in the transportation industry.

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