What is topology optimisation?

Topology optimisation sounds like a very advanced concept but it really isn’t, here’s a brief primer for anyone unfamiliar with the subject (Thank you Wikipedia!). That being said, although the concept behind topology optimisation is a simple one, achieving the desired results can be very complex!

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“Cantilvr 3d etaopt gsf 050” by William Hunter – ToPy Google code page.. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons