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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.

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.


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