nTop Live: Topology Optimization Driven Ribs on a Swing Arm

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Reducing the weight of a motorcycle not only reduces fuel consumption, but also improves vehicle handling and maneuverability. Their bulky chassis is an obvious target for lightweighting. However, it can be challenging to redesign this complex component without sacrificing critical structural integrity.

In this nTop Live, Yuki Okada, Technical Marketing Engineer at nTopology, shows you how to reduce the mass of a motorcycle swing arm. He shells the swing arm and adds a rib grid. To optimize the rib grid he runs a topology optimization and uses the result to drive the rib grid. He also adds in a draft angle for easy removal after being casted.

Watch and learn how to:

  • Shell and add a rib grid
  • Run a topology optimization and drive the rib grid using the top opt result
  • Add in draft angles for easy removal

Level: Intermediate

Industry: Automotive

Applications: Topology Optimization, Lightweighting, Design Optimization

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Recreate the steps that Yuki followed in this nTop Training. To download all the necessary files for this training, please see this link.