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Conventional topology optimizations for 3D-printed components require a high degree of manual effort. Sometimes the work steps on the path to the desired result even require the use of different tools. Programs that automate all the individual steps accelerate and simplify design optimizations: The MSC Apex Generative Design from CAE simulation software provider MSC Software accelerates object design by up to 80%, according to the manufacturer.

After defining boundary conditions and a design goal, the program creates several weight-optimized designs within just a few hours. The fully automated calculations take into account, among other things, the ideal stress distribution and the smoothing of object surfaces to ensure the best possible result in advance. Through a subsequent simulation of 3D-printing processes using Simufact (metal printing) or Digimat (plastic printing), the manufacturer also offers an alternative to the test printing of prototypes.