Designing for Cost Reduction

In this application brief, we demonstrate how to couple a cost model and a finite element model within an optimization process to obtain a minimum cost design that also meets performance requirements. The application example is an office chair leg with both material and shape design variables. HEEDS Professional is used to automate the design evaluation and optimization process, Abaqus is used to perform finite element analysis, and Excel is used to calculate the cost of each proposed design.
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