Generative and optimized designs are powerful capabilities to create efficient structures that express a new level of performance. Generative optimized designs are often 3D printed at small scale, however large-scale hybrid metal additive manufacturing provides opportunity to produce these designs for industrial applications such as automotive chassis, architectural beams and even Naval vessels. This presentation will present a case study of benefits, how generative optimization is applied and design rules for producing large-scale, hybrid metal additive-manufactured optimized architectures. Several optimized and produced parts will illustrate the case study. Users will find value in applying generative optimized design methodologies for exploring new architectures or configurations of system-level structures. By reconsidering the fundamental configuration philosophy, new design space can be quickly evaluated. The power of large-scale industrial hybrid metal additive manufacturing is the rapid production of design candidates for practical evaluation in real-world environments. As new corollary technologies become important (new energy storage, sensors, power transmission, electronics, communications, etc.), a system-level designer will want to explore new architectures for creating efficient products. This case study will help industrial designers understand how to apply this capability.
- Define the benefits of generative optimization for large industrial metal structures
- Describe the steps required to create, optimize and produce a large-scale industrial metal additive manufactured structure