Generative Design brings Topology Optimization to Solid Edge

Generative design builds upon the traditional design approach by applying computing power and optimization techniques to component design. Generative design helps designers reduce both the weight and amount of material used for a specific component, while maintaining its structural integrity. Our solution for generative design allows you to replace small assemblies with a single component, reducing manufacturing costs and bill-of-materials complexity. Performing a generative design study can result in interesting new design ideas that can be incorporated into your traditional design process.

Start Your Free Trial

Generative-Design-l-Convergent

eBook

What is Generative Design?

Generative design is used across many disciplines—design, architecture, art, and more. It allows you to create designs with the help of an algorithm. Particularly valuable in product development, this design method enables you to generate a component shape with the most efficient use of material, while considering conditions such as packaging space and manufacturing requirements.

Read the eBook

Capabilities

Generative Design Software Bolstered by Topology Optimization

Generative design builds upon the traditional design approach by applying computing power and optimization techniques to component design. Generative design helps designers reduce both the weight and amount of material used for a specific component, while maintaining its structural integrity. Our solution for generative design allows you to replace small assemblies with a single component, reducing manufacturing costs and bill-of-materials complexity. Performing a generative design study can result in interesting new design ideas that can be incorporated into your traditional design process.

Generative design being used to perform stress analysis, ensuring components perform as needed

Efficient topology optimization for CAD parts

Based on your parametersa specific component material, a design space (or envelope), and permissible loads and constraints—Solid Edge will compute a reduced-mass geometric solution that maintains structural integrity. You can run multiple weight targets, load cases, and constraint scenarios simultaneously.

Generative design works well together with additive manufacturing to create complex components without the need for expensive tooling

Advanced parts ready for 3D printing

Parts resulting from generative design in Solid Edge are ready for Additive Manufacturing. High-resolution 3D printers can handle the complex shapes, shortening your new product time-to-market or speeding production of replacement parts.

Generative design minimizes weight and reduces material usage while meeting structural requirements

Evolve designs using convergent technology

Components optimized using generative design can be further modified with Convergent Modeling and Synchronous Technology. Meshed results are seamlessly integrated into the normal model editing process, allowing you to get the final design needed for the task at hand. No more waiting for tedious, inaccurate conversions from triangular mesh to b-rep.

From the beginning, we knew generative design software would save us weight, give a unique look to the part, and differentiate it from parts we’ve made in the past.”

Craig Hall, Owner, Hall Designs

Video

See Generative Design Software in Action

Our advanced topology optimization solution helps designers create lighter components, minimize manufacturing material waste, and create highly customized designs especially suited for high-resolution 3D printing.

See More Videos

In this demonstration, we show you how Solid Edge continues to deliver innovation in product development with built-in generative design capabilities. Generative design produces an organic, reduced-mass geometric solution of a specific material optimized within a defined space, accounting for permissible loads and constraints.

FREE Software

Free 3D Design Software

Try Solid Edge for Free

Get instant access to a free trial of Solid Edge and try it for yourself.

Free Software for Your Startup

If you’re an early stage startup in business for less than three years, you can now apply to get Solid Edge for free. With no application fee!