There is a public trial available for Autodesk’s latest FEA based optimization tool available for download on Autodesk Labs (labs.autodesk.com). This allows a user to specify model parameters that they would consider changing, and the optimization iterates through all of the available combinations to determine which will result in the lowest weight while maintaining a specified safety factor. This is something that could be accomplished with the optimization tool in Inventor Simulation, but it could take hours to solve. The beauty of the new tool is that all of the computing is done in “The Cloud” with multiple iterations being processed simultaneously. This allows you to continue working on your workstation while the calculations are solved online and in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take. After solving, a configuration sorter allows you to see the results of each combination and filter for options that meet your safety and weight factor criteria.