Generative Design Enables Humans and Machines to Co-create

January 25, 2017

Generative design offers designers and engineers an optimized creation process. By only determining the goals and parameters of the design, it is possible to get thousands, or even millions, of alternative results in the same amount of time spent on a single one. With the guidance of the human mind, a generative design software can develop the most efficient outcomes ever possible.

As the world becomes more complex every day, the job of designers and engineers evolve. Generative design can be considered one of the pioneering steps within the field as it proposes solutions to big problems in a significantly short period of time.

[Image Source: Autodesk]

“What if instead of drawing what you already know, you can tell the computer what you want to accomplish?” Generative design process enables you to skip all the extra steps you have to work on and gets you straight to the optimum result.

The ones who work in the field of engineering, science, design and new media art might be familiar with this technology. But for others who just heard about it and didn’t get the idea yet, here is a beginner’s guide to the new era of design.

As Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski presents in the video above, instead of drawing a chair and then playing with the form; you could tell the computer about the criteria you look for in a chair. From the countless options provided, the design that you end up selecting might not have been something you have, or could have, imagined on your own. That’s where the potential of generative design lies.

[Image Source: Autodesk]

Generative design makes impossible designs possible

When compared to spending excessive amounts of time that some of you might define as ‘waste’, generative design process offers a quick, but most importantly, an evolutionary solution. Paving the way for the future of making things, the technology lets designers co-create with computers that use unlimited cloud-computing power, artificial intelligence algorithms, and generative design tools.

How does it work?

With cloud computing, the software explores all the possible permutations of a solution and quickly generates design alternatives. It also tests each iteration to see if it works or not. Besides, generative design lets you create optimized lattices and complex shapes. Some of these forms are not even possible to create with traditional manufacturing methods.

The software applies the optimized surface structure and internal lattice data to an existing component to make it lighter and stronger. With topology optimization feature of generative design technology, it is possible to analyze and reduce the weight of an existing design while exceeding or meeting performance criteria.

The new era of design

With the trabecular structures method, 3-D printers precisely scale and poke tiny pores through solid materials. This process creates surface roughness to mimic bone in medical implants.

Recently, the sportswear company Under Armour featured the first commercially available dual-purpose 3D-printed performance training shoes for athletes, made hundred percent through generative design. To get further information, visit Autodesk, the leading company who currently develops the technology.

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