OPTIMIZATION METHODS APPLIED IN CAD BASED FURNITURE DESIGN
Nowadays, the weight reduction of furniture structures is an important issue, having a direct impact on the economic growth of a specialized company. In order to reduce the mass and to obtain an optimal material distribution in a given volume of the furniture parts, the most widely used methods are given by optimization techniques that are deployed via CAD programs. This paper presents two possible structure optimization methods that can be applied in the furniture industry. Both topology and topography optimization methods are employed: the topology optimization of a wall bracket and the topography optimization of a sheet metal bracket using dedicated software. Based on the conclusions of this study, useful insights can be gained by a company starting up furniture production.
Key words: topology optimization, topography optimization
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