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Editor’s Pick: Optimize Designs Automatically

Tony LockwoodDear DE Reader:

Okey-doke, you SOLIDWORKS CAD and Simulation slingers. This sounds cool.

CORTIME from CORTIME is a parametric optimization tool that integrates with SOLIDWORKS. It helps you find the optimal design using your objectives. From digging around and learning about CORTIME, that word “helps” doesn’t quite cut it. See, you feed CORTIME your model, tell it the variables you’re after as well as your design’s performance objectives, then hit start. Three steps. That’s your optimization design study setup.

CORTIME can run purely geometrical optimizations and is compatible with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, including static, flow, frequency, motion, thermal and non-linear analyses. Optimizations can run unattended. Image courtesy of Apiosoft ApS.

The CORTIME computer-aided optimization (CAO) tool is made up of direct optimization algorithms that automate the optimization of SOLIDWORKS files and eliminate manual trial-and-error processes. Image courtesy of CORTIME.

It then runs through any number of design iterations, automatically modifying the model until it finds the best solution. It runs unattended, so you don’t have to hang around watching a progress bar. You can use your workstation for something else. If some rebuild bellies up, CORTIME learns from it and keeps going. You don’t have to deal with it. Since the number of variables you can set is limitless, you can tell CORTIME to analyze massive jobs filled with stuff you’d never do on your own then let it run overnight.

Once CORTIME does its thing, you can dig into the results, using its range of data analysis tools. It reports an overview of the entire optimization process that you can explore with these tools. You can restore every design in SOLIDWORKS if you want. One neat time-saver is a Run Check tool that lets you preemptively check your design space before you get down into a full optimization job.

OK, you say, what about SOLIDWORKS Design Study? At the end of today’s Editor’s Pick of the Week write-up you’ll find two links to “SOLIDWORKS Design Study vs. CORTIME.” One’s a blog post referencing the other, which is a white paper. Read them. Keep in mind the people at CORTIME are SOLIDWORKS solution partners, so there’s no hatchet job here.

At a Glance: CORTIME

  • Integrated parametric optimization tool for SOLIDWORKS.
  • Replaces manual design optimization process with an automated, data-driven approach.
  • Three-step optimization setups; accepts limitless variables.
  • Run checker feature tests design space robustness before initiating an optimization.
  • Offers wide range of tools for analyzing the optimal design.
  • Demo version available.

Learn more here.

But in a nutshell, CORTIME provides a robust set of capabilities—things like response surfaces, highly multivariate optimizations, parallel coordinates analyses and adaptive weight handling. Its direct optimization algorithms’ intelligent exploration of the design space reportedly improves accuracy compared to traditional optimization approaches.

Today’s write-up also links to a library of CORTIME tutorials. They’re not gated. One takeaway from watching them is that CORTIME appears easy to use. CORTIME doesn’t sound that expensive either. But that’s something you can decide after you get the demo and put it through some paces. Hit the links for more. This sounds cool.

Thanks, Pal. – Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, DE

About Anthony J. Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood is Digital Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@digitaleng.news.