Generative design may have started decades ago in the hallowed corners of GM and the University of Michigan, but this design engineering process exploded with the 3D printing technology boom that accelerated over the past decade. Then, generative design spilled out into the world beyond 3D printing. Airbus was so enamored of the tool in lightweighting aerospace parts, their facilities folks used gen design to lay out their Hamburg plant. They just plugged in the needs, the constraints, and then they let the processing crank out possibilities.
In the following story Dassault Systemes used gen design to discover the possibilities of fluid flow
Fluid Flow Analysis
Designing fluid flow using generative tools was an entirely new concept when Dassault Systemes and Autodesk added the process to their engineering software packages. When Dassault blended fluid-flow analysis with generative design, the company was addressing two customer audiences. “Generative design is for designers, but analysts are still part of our target audience,” Colin Swearingen, a generative design expert at Dassault Systèmes, told Design News. “By the time the design gets to the analyst, it’s 90% there. By giving the analyst more information, you can get the results from the analyst tackled earlier in the design phase.”
The flow-driven generative design workflow Includes:
Streamlined traditional workflow that makes flow optimization capabilities more accessible to mainstream engineers. Thus, they can apply it earlier and systematically throughout the process.
Leveraged workflow assistants to guide engineers through the process of specifying input sets and boundary conditions. This will automatically optimize the output to meet the fluid flow requirements from a single unified tool.
Analysts are provided with higher-quality answers earlier in the design process. This allows them to focus on the crucial aspects of their jobs rather than taking up time with the back-and-forth with designers.