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Generative Design


What is Generative Design?

Generative Design in Action

Generative Design

Airbus embarked on a new endeavor to redesign elements of the A320 and set up a more sustainable fleet—with the ultimate goal of halving its greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.  Using generative-design software and 3D printing, Airbus recently manufacture the bionic partition, the slim but all-important wall that separates the crew from passengers. This design partition is 45 percent lighter than conventional partitions, resulting in huge savings in both fuel and carbon footprint.

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Rapid prototyping with on-demand laser cutting is gaining traction, offering faster, more effective ways to create aerospace sheet metal parts without needing complicated manufacturing setups. Laser cutting eliminates setup costs and unused parts due to design changes. You can create multiple iterations without order minimums, reducing wasted inventory.

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Objects created with generative design can be difficult to produce without 3D printing—which is unsuitable for mass production. 

For this project, Denso’s team used generative design to meet two critical goals to redesign an electronic fuel-injection control system that determines the proper fuel supply required by automotive’s engines: making the part lighter and increasing its thermal performance.

This lowers carbon emissions and consumer help meet demands for greater efficiency.

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When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part.  

Most of the time this is a function of a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, but not always. You may also need to start from images, vector art from a drawing program, or perhaps some other file types. 

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