Most generative design is associated with additive manufacturing. Yet, a good portion of today’s manufacturing still depends on casting.
Some emerging generative design solutions provide a wide range of capabilities for casting applications. Users can develop more organic shapes. But those shapes must comply with casting constraints. Users must still take draw directions into account and follow thickness requirements, to avoid cracking or shrinkage problems that affect product performance. The new class of generative design solutions account for these constraints.
Combining generative design with other manufacturing approaches, especially additive, can yield wild results. This is great when designing with few constraints. It isn’t good for casted part design.
Generative design benefits casting by offering more complete coverage of the design space. Engineers can explore many more iterations, uncovering high-performance geometries. They can also optimize shapes to minimize cooling times or maximize structural performance. They uncover near-optimal designs in less time, realizing production efficiencies and productivity improvements across casting techniques and supply chains.