It's been a fascinating journey
As scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute we have been researching natural lightweight construction principles and growth processes for more than 10 years. Based on the findings we developed series ready technical products for various industry partners.
Unfortunately the development of these products was slow and expensive due to todays software and development processes. The standard tools of engineers do not allow solutions that need to interact with different external influencing factors to be developed quickly and efficiently.
So we questioned the current engineering tools and development processes in general.
At this point, nature inspired us again with its unique development process. The focus is on adaptation to the prevailing boundary conditions during a growth process and not on the design of the final product itself. This process is controlled by DNA, a set of rules that defines how to react to external boundary conditions during growth.
Tired of the existing processes and tools and enthusiastic about nature at the same time, we developed a software that makes it possible to use generative growth principles in technical product development. We now enable engineers to create end-to-end workflows for automate product development by adding established modeling and simulation tools to Generative Design.
ELISE is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund as part of the EXIST programs.