Quickly generate high-performing design alternatives—many that you’d never think of on your own—from a single idea. With generative design, there is no single solution; instead, there are potentially thousands of great solutions. You choose the design that best fits your needs.
Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. Designers or engineers input design goals into generative design software, along with parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. Unlike topology optimization, the software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn’t.
Benefits of generative design
Explore a wider range of design options
In the time you can create one idea, a computer can generate thousands, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.
Make impossible designs possible
Generative design lets you create optimized complex shapes and internal lattices. Some of these forms are impossible to make with traditional manufacturing methods. Instead, they're built using new additive manufacturing methods.
Optimize for materials and manufacturing methods
Set goals and parameters, and the software will create high-performing design options based on those constraints. The software resolves conflicting design constraints so you can focus on innovating.
From aerospace to architecture and construction
Generative design is out of the lab and being used in the field. Learn how the world's most innovative companies are using this technology today.
From light-weighting components to parts consolidation, Autodesk generative design is being used by companies shaping the future of the automotive industry.
With design and manufacturing goals around weight reduction, environmental impact, and safety, the aerospace industry is adopting generative design to explore new design options and improve performance.
The ability to simultaneously generate multiple CAD-ready, process-aware solutions to a design problem has a positive impact on innovation and productivity.
Architecture and construction
As demonstrated with the layout and design of the Autodesk Toronto office, generative design technology can help you explore solutions for goals and constraints outside of manufacturing.
Manufacturers of specialty tools and equipment are proving that Autodesk generative design can help them break innovation barriers.
Industrial building products suppliers are proving complex assemblies can be simplified with the help of generative design and additive manufacturing.
Autodesk’s new Toronto office is the first example of a generatively designed office space. We started with high-level goals and constraints, and using the power of computation, generated thousands of design options. The concepts evolved to create a highly functional and novel space.
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Principal Research Scientist
Andreas Bastian is a designer, engineer, and artist who develops and applies cutting-edge 3D printing technologies. As principal research scientist at Autodesk, he studies both novel and established additive manufacturing technologies and their role in the near future. He has conducted research in fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology and developed low-cost selective laser sintering technology (SLS), as well as developed an un-bounded 3D printing system with applications in digital textile fabrication.
Senior Manager, Technical Marketing & Adoption
Cohee is an expert on the application of design & manufacturing technology. Based at Autodesk headquarters in San Francisco, he leads a global team of evangelists supporting the convergence of design and manufacturing. When he’s not speaking at events, or producing videos for his YouTube channel, he’s posting on Twitter @robcohee. Just be warned, he goes a little crazy on College Football Saturdays.
Robert N. Yancey
Ph.D., Director, Manufacturing and Production Business Strategy
At Autodesk, Dr. Yancey defines the business and industry strategy for manufacturing production solutions including subtractive machining, additive printing/fabrication, hybrid and composites technology. He is a recognized leader in generative design and manufacturing, advanced simulation, aerospace structural design, and advanced composites. He holds degrees from MIT, Virginia Tech, and University of Dayton in Aerospace and Materials Engineering.
Lars Christensen is a design and manufacturing expert who helps people struggling with their CAD&CAM software. Through his totally-addictive blog posts and videos on his Youtube channel, he shares his vast knowledge and experience using CAD and CAM for managing, designing and building complex parts. Based in Buffalo, NY, Lars’ experience spans CNC manufacturing in many industries including military, medical, and aerospace.
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