Generative design helps team explore more and expand horizons
Through the iterative design process and by using aPriori for cost insights, the design team estimates that supplying a year’s worth of reusable masks to the European airline would cost €1.5 million annually ($1.75 million USD), compared with the €10 million ($11.7 million USD) annual cost for disposable masks.
As of mid-2020, Edera Safety continues to consult with regional airlines as well as local airports to iterate and refine the mask designs, with an eye toward manufacturing prototypes based on stakeholder feedback. “With generative design, we can widen the horizons of our designers,” Saier says. “We can also discover more variations for ways to solve the specific real-world problems we’re addressing.”