Frustum Inc., Boulder, Colorado, has announced a new release of its Generate® software. The company states that Generate represents, “a new paradigm for design, interactive generative design, which fundamentally alters how products are modelled for manufacture by allowing engineers to interact and iterate in real time with generative design models”. As a result, engineers can develop multiple perfectly designed and optimised models to identify the best solution in a matter of minutes versus hours or days.
Designed to meet the complex needs of design for manufacturing, Generate is a 3D design software that offers interactivity with generative design models. It combines the creativity of the engineer with artificial intelligence to significantly shorten the time of designing high performing products – effectively delivering a near real-time interaction with a generative design model, generating designs by functional requirements and producing a result that is ready for manufacture. Parts and products designed through this process are, it is stated, lighter, stronger and use far less materials than those designed using traditional CAD software.
“With Generate, designers and engineers can interactively specify the functional requirements of their design and the design will automatically be modelled to meet those requirements. The design output is functional and does not have to be remodelled in CAD,” said Jesse Coors-Blankenship, CEO, Frustum Inc. “We developed Generate on a multi-threaded architecture that was built from the ground-up to deliver faster design output by leveraging both CPU and GPU computing optionally. Generate will redefine how manufacturers get products to market, reduce materials costs and improve the overall performance of products.”
Built on its patented generative engine, TrueSOLID®, Generate couples advanced topology optimisation and simulation algorithms with real-time interaction to quickly produce high-performing, ready to manufacture mechanical designs. It is functionally parametric and facilitates perfect blending of generative geometry to traditional surface-based CAD with engineering precision. The technology is currently being commercially licensed to Siemens PLM software and integrated into Siemens NX and Siemens SolidEdge.
The new Windows-based Generate design software includes the following features:
- Native CAD file import
- Single and multi-body optimisations
- Multiple loads and constraints
- Realtime FEA
- Standard and user-defined material library
- Interactive design changes
- Windows 64-bit multi-threaded architecture
- STL export with user-defined resolution
- Optionally GPU-enabled with NVIDIA
The Generate design software is available now.