Topology optimization is a process which seeks to find the optimal load path for a particular loading condition and boundary volume. Simply define the constraints of the system (such as the load and support regions and the boundary envelope) and optimization process will attempt to numerically optimize the distribution of material so that it meets the proscribed performance targets.
Monolith contains an analysis module for topology optimization. Images on the right show the process of setting up the loading/support conditions and the analysis routine. Visualization modes allow you to examine the Von Mises and Principal stress distributions as well as simulate deflection under the loading conditions. Principal stress lines can also be extracted from the voxel space.