Today there are many opportunities for generative design that have a quantifiable return on investment, enabling a viable path to production for low volume, short run, and custom components using additive manufacturing, CNC methods, or both. Additionally, generative design can be used as a starting point for companies that want the benefits of generative design without the cost of additive manufacturing. Claudius Peters demonstrates how generative design can be leveraged to inspire new and improved part shapes for high volume components that can then be reverse engineered to be produced using conventional manufacturing methods.
Autodesk generative design is making the convergence of design and manufacturing a reality. For the first time, Concurrent Engineering can truly be implemented as a technology-enhanced, automated process. Generative design provides your team the power to generate multiple, CAD-ready design options based on real-world manufacturing constraints. Autodesk generative design has both additive and subtractive constraints, and the output is an editable geometry readable by any CAD/CAM system.
Additive manufacturing time and costs continue their downward trajectory; as they fall below certain thresholds, new business models will become viable. At some point in the not too distant future, there will be an inflection point. Additive manufacturing costs for high volume production will not only become justifiable, it will also be necessary to remain competitive. As with any inflection point, the business environment will quickly evolve to manufacturers who disrupt the market and those whose business is disrupted. It is incumbent upon today’s forward-thinking companies to get out in front of this trend. By beginning to explore what is possible today and what the future may hold when the inflection point occurs, companies are ready, prepared, and have in place proven processes, methods, and practices to be successful with generative design and additive manufacturing.