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Generative Design : recommended actions to smooth the way for production of generative designs with additive manufacturing

Westerveld, C.E. (2021) Generative Design : recommended actions to smooth the way for production of generative designs with additive manufacturing.

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Abstract:Generative design is a new method which allows designers and engineers to insert certain constraints and parameters in a CAD(Computer-Aided Design) programme. This information is used by the software to generate a variety of CAD models adhering to all constraints and formed in various compositions without intervention by the designer. Using this process can result in quicker, more structurally sound and less conventional designs compared to the traditional design process. This study assessed how generative design can be used in combination with FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) for SME’s(small and medium-sized enterprises). A combination of literature research, market research and research into current CAD software was used to answer this question. Results indicated that the current state of generative design is not viable for SME’s to use and include in their current design process. The research question was changed to answer the question which actions are required from involved parties to make generative design a viable option for SME’s in combination with FDM. The result was a roadmap that shows all actions that need to be taken before generative design can be incorporated. The conclusion is that generative design is not yet viable in its current state and time is necessary to complete the actions in the roadmap. Future research is necessary to see if these actions aid in the progress of incorporating generative design in the design process of SME’s.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:50 technical science in general, 52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85976
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