Weight Reduction Strategy for a Current Product
ACP can be applied for existing product refinement. In this case, engineers start with a current product design that they intend to update, typically improving the designs performance, reducing mass and cost, while maintaining the existing packaging, manufacturing and styling. 3G Optimization is used to synchronize material selection (Grade), material thickness (Gauge) and shape parameterization (Geometry) so that the right material is placed at the right location within the structure for cost and mass reduction design objectives.
Clean Sheet Design
ACP can be applied for a clean sheet design in order to develop a brand new product. For this type of product development, engineers start from a pre-determined design space and apply topology optimization (ACP Concept) in order to remove material to produce an initial skeleton design which is closely tied to the material choices and load path. This initial design can then be analyzed using 3G Optimization to extract further cost and mass savings.
United States Patent
Patent Number: 8,755,923
Filed: December 7, 2010