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... Initially a purely academic tool, topology optimization has advanced rapidly and is increasingly being applied to the design of a wide range of products and components, from furniture to spacecraft. While this work has resulted in sophisticated and commercially useful designs, there remain challenges related to the manufacturability of topology-optimized objects, the ability to design for multiple physical processes, and the ability to apply topology optimization to the design of soft and compliant structures.
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... Speakers identified the unique strengths of topology optimization and explored a wide range of techniques and achievements in the field to date. For example, they described how topology optimization has been used to create incredibly detailed designs for large structures, such as airplane wings, and enabled new applications using carbon nanotube yarns, architected materials, elastomeric materials, and 3D woven materials.
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... Since the properties of materials influence the properties of structures and how they can be manufactured, speakers also underscored the importance of characterizing new materials to enable and enhance topology optimization methods in combination with additive manufacturing. To fully realize the field's potential, several speakers suggested a need for greater interdisciplinary collaboration, along with greater exchange among materials scientists, design engineers, commercial application designers, and process engineers.

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