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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built


A new interplanetary lander created by generative design for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Although generative design is still a relatively new technology, proponents are using it to collaborate with a range of major manufacturers.

Credit: Autodesk Inc.

Generative design, which involves the use of massive computing power to automatically produce radical new designs, is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial components.

These computer-generated designs are stronger and lighter than human-crafted solutions, and enable the building of things that humans could not have imagined.

Generative design software, when given a set of design constraints, will identify and assess hundreds or thousands of candidates before selecting the best one.

Experts say generative designs look like they were the result of a natural process, rather than made.

Erin Bradner at Autodesk Research in San Francisco said, "The algorithm will fine-tune the structure so that not a single piece of material is added that's not needed."

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