TOSCA : Topology Optimization Software
Topology optimization is a modern generative design method leveraging the Finite Element Analysis technology to automatically generate optimized shapes of parts with respect to the driving parameters set by the designer.
Starting from a 3D representation of the allowable design space, mathematical algorithms are used to remove material to keep only efficient load-bearing material, creating at the same time organically and optimized shapes.
Generative design modeling is used in several industries, from aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment, and others to reduce weight of products and accelerate the design process. Topology optimization is also the technology used to design parts aimed for the 3D printing process called additive manufacturing (AM), for either plastic or metal parts.
TOSCA Topology Optimization software offers solutions for optimizing structure (stiffness vs weight) and optimizing fluid flow designs (reducing pressure loss). First one is named TOSCA Structure, and the second one TOSCA Fluid.
TOSCA Structure is the market-leading technology for structural optimization based on industry standard FEA packages (ABAQUS, ANSYS, MSC NASTRAN). It allows for rapid and reliable design of lightweight, rigid, and durable components and systems.
Using topology optimization with Tosca Structural Topology you obtain optimal design proposals early during the design concept. TOSCA automatically removes material in your FE Model to create original and optimized parts.
TOSCA Structure offers four (4) modules each targeting a specific type of geometry shapes;
- Topology to optimize solid parts,
- Sizing to optimize thicknesses of sheet metal parts,
- Shape to optimize local regions of high stresses,
- Bead to generate embossing on sheet metal parts.