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GENERATIVE DESIGN AND HYBRID MANUFACTURING

Explore more ideas, more rapidly, and bring them to life.

Under pressure to improve performance and reduce costs, manufacturers are turning to generative design. But these tools can be impractical if they deliver ideas that do not match your current capabilities or cost parameters. Autodesk can help bridge this gap to ensure even the most forward-thinking designs can be manufactured efficiently.

Aligning generative design and in-house capabilities

See how a specialty aftermarket motorcycle parts manufacturer used generative design to quickly create drag bike triple clamps that were light, strong, and fully machinable on a 2.5-axis mill.

Generative design delivers more iterations and innovations

When schedules are tight and demand for performance is higher than ever, generative design can help manufacturers explore more designs in less time, discover ideas beyond the capabilities of human imagination, and optimize designs for specific materials and manufacturing techniques.

PURUSE LIGHTWEIGHTING

Minimize mass and material use while meeting performance standards and engineering constraints.

IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

Improve and optimize durability while removing potential points of vulnerability.

CONSOLIDATE PARTS

Blend multiple components into single parts to explore additive manufacturing or increase efficiency.

ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY

Minimize waste and optimize designs for specific sustainable materials.

Hybrid manufacturing combines additive and subtractive techniques

This approach relies on additive manufacturing to create latticed components that are lighter, stronger, and higher-performing that are then quickly and easily machined for accurate finishing.

ADDITIVE ADVANTAGES

Use a variety of AM materials and techniques to increase design flexibility, lightweighting, and material usage.

SUBTRACTIVE BENEFITS

Achieve higher accuracy and precision, especially for parts with mating faces, sealing faces, and tapped holes.

ON-DEMAND PRODUCTION

Using AM and subtractive together allows shops to produce parts at the time of demand more easily.

HIGHER EFFICIENCY

Hybrid workflows can increase automation, reduce milling times, shorten production times, and build complex parts by running processes in parallel.

Design to cost adapts innovations to market realities

By restricting generative design to real-world manufacturing constraints, shops can see cost estimates for every design in a generative study, as in this example, to assess tradeoffs.

3-AXIS GENERATIVE

  • Weight: 2.3kg (-23%)
  • Safety Factor: 2.3
  • Cost: $180

2.5-AXIS GENERATIVE

  • Weight: 2.3kg (-23%)
  • Safety Factor: 2.2
  • Cost: $198

HUMAN DESIGN

  • Weight: 3kg
  • Safety Factor: 2.7
  • Cost: $182

ADDITIVE GENERATIVE

  • Weight: 2.2kg (-26%)
  • Safety Factor: 2
  • Cost: $445
Explore the potential of generative design

A recent report from McKinsey and Company, entitled “How generative design could reshape the future of product development,” notes that smart algorithms could improve products as well as how they are developed in the first place.

Try these products together–free for 30 days

Autodesk makes it easy to experience the advantages of generative design and hybrid manufacturing with 30-day free trials of our advanced manufacturing solutions.

  • PowerMill Free trial -CAM software for high-speed and 5-axis machining
  • Fusion 360 Free trial- Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software for product design
  • Netfabb Free trial- Additive manufacturing and design software
  • FeatureCAM Free trial- CAM automation for CNC programming
  • Moldflow Free trial -Plastic injection and compression mold simulation
  • PowerInspect Free trial -Inspect complex, free-form surfaces across a range of hardware devices
Let’s talk

Exploring generative design and hybrid manufacturing can help your shop reach the next level. Autodesk has all of the tools you need, and our specialists are ready to learn about your business and see how we can help.

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