Autodesk has launched Within, a new set of generative design software solutions to help engineers create and 3D print lightweight designs for automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment and medical implants.
Generative design is essentially concept sketching using algorithms, a process by which cloud computing power is used to generate design alternatives based on parameters (such as desired weight requirements, maximum stress, displacement) set by a designer.
The resulting components are higher performing and can be considerably lighter weight than traditional designs. They are as stiff or as flexible as needed, and are refined to enable faultless additive manufacturing.
"In industries such as automotive and aerospace, it's critically important to continue innovating in how parts are designed and manufactured. Generative design, advances in material science, and new fabrication techniques are allowing engineers to deliver components that were never before possible," said Mark Davis, Autodesk's senior director of design research. "Autodesk Within enables designers to create high-performing parts while enforcing design rules and adhering to additive manufacturing constraints."