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Autodesk is a global leader in software that empowers everyone—from designers and builders to engineers and the next generation of innovators—to solve the challenges facing the world. At Milan Design Week, we’ve showcased examples of generative design, advanced manufacturing methods, and more, featuring work created by some of the world’s leading designers.
Find out more about the stories we have been featuring during Milan Design Week and learn how Autodesk software helps people design, make, and build in ways previously unimaginable. With Autodesk, you can make anything.
At Milan Design Week, Philippe Starck and Kartell unveiled the A.I Chair, created using an algorithm that respects the original brief – a comfortable seat that has the structural strength and solidity requirements to ensure certification and respects aesthetic standards of simplicity and clean lines.
"Kartell, Autodesk and I asked artificial intelligence a question,” said Starck. “Artificial intelligence, do you know how we can rest our bodies using the least amount of material?”
Highlights from furniture to extraterrestrial vehicles at the Autodesk exhibit at Milan Design Week.
The search for life in our solar system is expanding to the most distant planets but getting there presents massive challenges. Autodesk and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are collaborating to explore how generative design can be used to create a concept interplanetary lander capable of making the journey. The resulting lander not only pushes the limits of design but also the limits of space exploration.
Meet the Elbo & Nee Chairs. The challenge? Two generatively designed chairs—one fabricated with wood and a CNC router, the second designed and printed in a single operation by robot-controlled metal printing. The result? Two stronger, more comfortable chairs.
With its torus shape and stainless-steel façade decorated with glazed Arabic calligraphy, the Museum of the Future is everything its name embodies: groundbreaking and modernistic. The vision and focus on innovation also extends to the museum’s design and construction. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a fully digital workflow, the project team was able to turn this vision for the future into a reality today.
Like any professional athlete, Paralympian Denise Schindler is constantly training and working to elevate her game, so when there was an opportunity to explore new methods to improve her performance as a cyclist, the decision was pretty easy. Using cloud-based design software, Autodesk and Schindler’s team were able to model, test, and iterate on different prosthesis designs before 3D printing the final polycarbonate version. The result: a lighter, more aerodynamic prosthesis with more power output, produced in less time and cheaper than the traditional method.
Chisels, points, mallets—the traditional instruments of a sculptor have helped to create countless works of art for centuries, but now a modern set of tools is enabling sculptors like Jon Isherwood to realize new possibilities for the art form. In creating “Homage to Monet at Giverny”—a sculpture inspired by the reflection of objects in water—Isherwood used advanced manufacturing methods to achieve shapes and forms that weren’t previously possible with analog tools.
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