A design domain, loading, supports and material properties are defined.
The design domain is discretized with nodes (calculation points). Each node is connected to the others using potential members.
A layout optimization stage identifies the optimum (least volume) group of potential members required to resist the applied loading.
A geometry optimization stage adjusts the positions of joints in the optimized structure to further refine the solution and to increase the efficiency.
Elastic deflections can be checked (optional).
Further elastic validation checks can be carried out (e.g. bending stresses shown) and the design can be adjusted accordingly (optional).
A single, unioned, CAD geometry is generated.
The design is exported for further checks (e.g. in FEA software - not shown) or sent for manufacture.
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