Generative design (GD) is a potentially disruptive technology in manufacturing. Traditionally, new manufacturing parts have been developed through a process of testing and revision across multiple iterations. With GD, an engineer inputs relevant criteria, AI produces numerous design options, and engineers evaluate these options. The driver of design shifts from manufacturability to functionality. The benefits of GD design lie in speed, efficiency and cost savings. Moreover, it gives engineers multiple methods of producing a part, often using different materials. All of this means that GD has the potential to change the product development process.
- With Generative Design, an engineer inputs criteria from which algorithms quickly produce a variety of design options.
- The process shifts design away from manufacturability and more towards function.
- Generative Design is faster, more efficient, and ultimately saves money.
“Currently, the development of new parts in manufacturing takes place through a series of discreet, well- defined steps by engineers working in company departments.”