Series on Generative Design – What is Generative Design?

Series on Generative Design – What is Generative Design?

Generative Design at a Glance

Part geometries optimized for their requirements are of high interest in product design. Historically, while this could be achieved after several weeks of work with topology optimization, nowadays Generative Design, which is a more versatile tool, offers powerful features for optimization in a much shorter time-frame. This is driven by new approaches in simulation which offer a significantly higher degree of automation within the optimization workflow. They are aligned to be very fast in calculation, and can utilize GPU and cloud computing for a fast output. This enables several different design candidates to be generated, and the most promising can be chosen, based on objectives and constraints.

Generative Design is a new disruptive technology that delivers a paradigm shift for  designing and engineering new products. It is an innovation that significantly alters the way of thinking. It leverages topology optimization, artificial intelligence, and advanced simulation to automatically create multiple viable design alternatives by specifying simple design criteria.

The lightweight designs it generates are often perfect for production by additive manufacturing (AM). The material savings reduce costs within production, and also often within operation in the automotive, aerospace and automation industries or similar.  A mostly automatic generated part design means the product is quicker getting to market. Freed from routine design work, the engineer has more time to think of the part’s concept, being able to leverage the full design potential. A variety of computer-generated designs to choose from makes the design process much leaner and more efficient. Better designs can be achieved with less manual work where optimizations are also feasible for smaller or less complex parts, as Generative Design is fast and uncomplicated to apply. It boosts engineering creativity and innovation, drives efficiency, decreases weight, and reduces time-to-market for new products. Generative Design can save costs at every stage of the product’s life cycle.

Pictured above: Different steps from the design space to the final, optimized geometry of an aerospace bracket. The result is a weight reduction of 63 per cent.

This blog series will explain briefly “The 7 habits of highly effective Generative Design.” Follow us in the coming weeks to learn more!

Next blog: Generative Design Habit 1: Design for Exploration

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