Analysis Origins: OptiStruct

Article originally published in Benchmark Magazine by NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Community. Find out more at

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the engineering research community began to buzz about a new concept called topology optimization. The homogenization method for topology and shape optimization was first introduced by Martin Bendsoe and Noburo Kikuchi in 1988, and it had the entire research industry talking.

The concept of mathematical optimization allows a user to provide a guided objective and constraints, then let the computer run the study in loop to find the ideal answer. Topology optimization algorithms follow this same process while optimizing the shape and topology of a structure. The resultant outputs produce parts that meet size and functional requirements within the allotted design space while using the minimum amount of material.

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Simulation-Driven Design of a 3D Printed, Pneumatically Actuated, Lightweight Robot

This is a guest post by Gabriel Dämmer, research associate at Festo and the Institute of Polymer Product Engineering at Johannes Kepler University.

Combining additive manufacturing (AM) with structural optimization can result in functionally integrated and stiff but lightweight structures. These attributes are especially desirable for lightweight robots because space is limited, and structural compliance and weight strongly affect system performance. The creation of printed robots requires suitable design strategies based on material sciences, additive manufacturing technologies, and structural optimization. However, not many examples of printed robots and consistent design strategies are available today.

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The MADYMO Revival: The Active Human Leads the Way

This guest contribution is written by Jonathan Melvin Ph.D., Application Engineer, Active Human Models at Siemens Digital Industries Software (formerly known as TASS International), a member of the Altair Partner Alliance.  ‘The Pull’ From Advances in the Automotive Industry Simcenter Madymo … Read More

Jim Scapa, Altair CEO

Design Like the Future Depends on it

Innovation is alive and well and shaking up the status quo as evidenced by the myriad customers who presented at our annual global Altair Technology Conference (ATC). This year’s event hosted more than 700 attendees, 17 technology and partner sponsors, … Read More