What is Generative Design?

Once complete, the engineers can choose which designs they want to explore more completely. In all, this accelerates the design process without detailed attention from the engineer.


At a high-level, Generative Design is relatively simple. It is a capability of CAD applications that autonomously generates a number of design alternatives given a set number of constraints.


This can be done without an engineer’s guidance or interaction, freeing them up for other tasks.


Once complete, the engineers can choose which designs they want to explore more completely. In all, this accelerates the design process without detailed attention from the engineer.

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Generative Design and topology optimisation
Generative Design supports key capabilities for performing structural simulation and removing load-weight from empty area in materials.

Siemens NX 12 generative design software embeds topology optimisation powered by convergent technology which enables unified 3D modelling capability on combinations of Facet and B-rep data. This results in lighter components without sacrificing design intent or integrity.

Empowering engineers with Generative Design and facet modelling
Generative Design is an cad engineering software function in which a designer collaborates with artificial intelligence algorithms to generate and evaluate hundreds of potential designs for a product idea.

The Generative Design process starts with defining the goals and constraints of the project. These include, but are not limited to, design parameters such as:
⦁ product size or geometric dimensions
⦁ permissible loads and operating conditions
⦁ target weight
⦁ materials
⦁ manufacturing methods
⦁ cost per unit

Benefits of building with Generative Design process
By using Generative Design, engineers can create and simulate thousands of designs (many of which they may not have envisioned on their own) in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

As additional benefit, the Generative Design process can yield highly customised complex shapes as the best solutions – which can be cast or processed through high-resolution additive manufacturing.

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