Generative Design brings topology optimization to Solid Edge

Designers define a specific material, design space, permissible loads and constraints and a target weight, and the software automatically computes the geometric solution. These results can be immediately manufactured on 3D printers, or further refined in Solid Edge for traditional manufacturing.

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Powerful 3D Design tools bolstered by topology optimization

The benefits of generative design range from lighter components to minimal downstream manufacturing material waste. Also, highly customized complex shapes can result, perfect for casting or today’s high-resolution additive manufacturing processes.With generative design, you can create the optimum design between weight and strength, tailored for desired manufacturing processes.

Generative Design Capability

Efficient topology optimization for CAD parts

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

Generative Design Capability

Advanced parts ready for 3D printing

The parts resulting from the generative iteration are ready for manufacturing via additive processes. Today’s high-resolution 3D printers can handle the complex shapes, shortening your new product time-to-market or speeding production of replacement parts.

Generative Design Capability

Evolve the design using convergent technology

The optimized components coming out of generative design can be further modified with Convergent Modeling and synchronous technology in Solid Edge. The 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.

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From the beginning, we knew generative would save us weight and give a unique look to the part and separate itself from parts we’ve made in the past.

Craig Hall, Owner, Hall Designs


See Generative Design in Action

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

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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.