Startups to Watch
As the world enters a more challenging economic environment, these companies are using generative design software to make product design and manufacturing more efficient — and improve product performance.
3D printing software is changing how industrial manufacturers design components and discover materials.
Enabled by 3D printing hardware that has become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade, computer aided design (CAD) software startups can create products that depart radically from traditional aesthetics, but are more efficient to produce and perform better than conventional designs.
Using artificial intelligence and a process known as generative design, 3D printing software technologies can create optimal configurations for products with minimal human inputs. These designs improve performance and efficiency in novel — and sometimes surprising — ways.
For example, Autodesk, a leader in the CAD software space, worked with Airbus to produce 3D-printed wall partitions for the A320 commercial airliner. Using generative design software, Autodesk’s algorithms created a design that mimics the pattern of natural bone growth. The resulting structure defies clean, minimal design concepts, but is stronger and uses less materials than traditional partitions.