Generative Design Project
This project began in Michaelmas 2018 and was all about generative design – this means using features within CAD packages to rapidly iterate, optimise and create new solutions to problems. In this case the problem we have given those participating is to design a 3D printed bridge that can carry a load, while also allowing a toy car to drive across it. Competing bridge designs will be scored on the highest load they can support, normalised by the mass of the bridge, therefore encouraging students to optimise their designs to be strong and lightweight.
We have been teaching the principles of CAD simulations, design optimisations and topology studies, which were more than just instructive for this project – as generative design is an area which is currently rapidly growing in popularity – as well as all being great fun.