Generative Design's Many Strange Shapes

Here are some objects, products, and even buildings created from generative design tools. Generative design has regained attention with the 3D printing boom.

Rob Spiegel

August 19, 2020

12 Slides

Generative design is spreading its wings, moving from the replacement of basic machine parts to designing factories, public buildings, spacesuits, even individual medical devices.

Generative design was born in the auto industry. It gained renewed attention with the boom of 3D printing over the past few years. It has since expanded into architecture, medical orthopedics, and art. Here’s a few of the particularly interesting generative design projects.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.


About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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