Todays product development process
Current product development processes are characterized by their serial approach. First CAD design and then FE evaluation and manufacturability are evaluated independently.
As a result, requirements for the component to be developed can only be met by iterations between the individual development stages. Development resources are low, so that the number of manual iterations and the development result are limited.
Generative Engineering is a fully integrated engineering process, a method based on our knowledge of natural formation processes. In the center of the process you find the technical DNA of a component which incorporates a set of technical rules regarding manufacturing constraints, material properties or load case information. Based on these rules designs are generated automatically. On the one hand, the DNA connects to Generative Cells which provide design templates based on existing patterns or bionic principles. On the other hand, the DNA connects to Evaluative Cells. In an iterative growth process, these cells decide how the geometry of the component changes to an ideal structure. Right now we evaluate FE results and 3D printing properties like support mass or overhang area. Additionally, we are able to integrate customer specific Evaluative Cells with e.g. spreadsheet calculations to realize perfect design to cost.
Why is ELISE unique?
Paradigm shift to Generative Engineering: Developing the DNA of a technical component rather than the component itself
Complete digitization of the development process including external constraints for fast and first-time-right designs
Automated generation of bionic designs to exploit the design freedom of 3D printing (e.g. combs or lattices)
Series-ready 3D printing development through the integration of third-party applications