News from AU
February 5, 2020

The Airbus Generative Design Journey

Aircraft

Airbus has been using generative design for more than five years now, and their progress provides a great view of just how far the capabilities of generative design have come in that time.

Their first foothold was a single part, a partition wall, that would need to be additively manufactured. In the years since they first showed the part, other kinds of fabrication processes have been woven into the generative design framework. Airbus can now make the same part by 3D printing a mold and casting it in a material already certified for flight.

Today, Airbus is using generative technologies to design entire factories, solving for operational efficiency, construction cost, and eight other variables at once. The result will be a better factory that is adaptable to Airbus’s evolving manufacturing needs. They meanwhile continue to generatively design various aircraft parts, from nacelles in the engine to the vertical tail plane.

Engineering design site Eureka! recently published a detailed piece on Airbus and generative design that’s definitely worth a read.

Related learning

Want to start (or continue) on your own generative design journey? Check out these recent AU classes:

Leveraging Generative Design Technology to Enhance Product Design for Manufacturing

Fusion 360 already has generative design features that enable you to constrain results for casting and injection molding. Adam James and Mason Myers walk you through how to use generative design for mass production, how to analyze and optimize your designs for performance, and how to get ready for where the technology is headed next.

Generative Design for Industrial Machinery: Design Exploration for Casting

Matthew Horner of commercial casting leader T.H. Wood’s shows you how they’ve woven generative design into their process and how they’re achieving important benefits, replacing welded parts with generatively designed versions that lower material requirements and costs, as well as enabling them to pursue new design possibilities.

Hands-On with Project Rediscover: Generatively Designing Autodesk’s Toronto Office

The Autodesk office in Toronto’s MaRS district was one of the first generatively designed architectural spaces. The tools have evolved since then. Project Rediscover went back and retrofitted the original approach to work with Dynamo and Refinery. Join Kean Walmsley to learn about their process and how you can use generative design for your own building designs.