Structural optimization in product design process
This paper analyzes developed methodology to apply a topology optimization of a product’s first shape mode. This methodology helps to optimize the overall di-mensions of a mechanical product. Starting from known loads and boundary conditions and maximum available design space, 2D topology optimization leads to the design concept of a product structure which is as light as possible. This method helps the product developer creating a mass-optimized structure proposal at the early new product de-sign stage. The created methodology was tested by obtain-ing results of developing and testing a first mode shape of a grinding machine tool.