Quickly generate high-performing design alternatives—many that you’d never think of on your own—from a single idea. With generative design, there is no single solution; instead, there are multiple great solutions. You choose the design that best fits your needs.

What is generative design?

Generative design is a design exploration process. Designers or engineers input design goals into the generative design software, along with parameters such as performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. The software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn’t.



Benefits of generative design

  • Explore a wider range of design options

    In the time you can create one idea, a computer can generate thousands, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.

  • Make impossible designs possible

    Generative design lets you create optimized complex shapes and internal lattices. Some of these forms are impossible to make with traditional manufacturing methods. Instead, they're built using new additive manufacturing methods.

  • Optimize for materials and manufacturing methods

    Set goals and parameters, and the software will create high-performing design options based on those constraints. The software resolves conflicting design constraints so you can focus on innovating.

From aerospace to architecture and construction

Generative design is out of the lab and being used in the field. Learn how the world's most innovative companies are using this technology today.

  • Automotive

    From light-weighting components to parts consolidation, Autodesk generative design is being used by companies shaping the future of the automotive industry.

  • Aerospace

    With design and manufacturing goals around weight reduction, environmental impact, and safety, the aerospace industry is adopting generative design to explore new design options and improve performance.

  • Consumer goods

    The ability to simultaneously generate multiple CAD-ready, process-aware solutions to a design problem has a positive impact on innovation and productivity.

  • Architecture and construction

    As demonstrated with the layout and design of the Autodesk Toronto office, generative design technology can help you explore solutions for goals and constraints outside of manufacturing.

  • Industrial machinery

    Manufacturers of specialty tools and equipment are proving that Autodesk generative design can help them break innovation barriers.

  • Building products

    Industrial building products suppliers are proving complex assemblies can be simplified with the help of generative design and additive manufacturing.

Meet the generative design experts

This team of experts is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and hands-on experience with generative design technology. If you’d like to book an expert to speak at an event, drop us a line at [email protected] for consideration.

Bryce Heventhal

Senior Technical Manager

Bryce is a Technical Marketing Manager for Fusion 360 with a passion for demonstrating practical workflows for the future of product development. Between working 10+ years in CAD, CAM, and FEA, along with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he has the experience to back his ambitions. Based in San Francisco, when he is not designing he is out rock climbing.

Lars Christensen

Technical Evangelist

Lars Christensen is a design and manufacturing expert who helps people struggling with their CAD&CAM software. Through his totally-addictive blog posts and videos on his Youtube channel, he shares his vast knowledge and experience using CAD and CAM for managing, designing and building complex parts. Based in Buffalo, NY, Lars’ experience spans CNC manufacturing in many industries including military, medical, and aerospace.

Lilli Smith

Senior Product Manager

Lilli Smith is an architect with a passion for re-envisioning the way that buildings are designed. She defines product direction for AEC generative design tools at Autodesk and helps bring new ideas developed by Autodesk Research into products that more people can use. She holds degrees in architecture from Harvard and the University of Virginia.

Dieter Vermeulen

Technical Sales Specialist

Dieter Vermeulen is based in Northern European and works with Autodesk customers and partners to develop innovative workflows that address challenges across the AEC project lifecycle. From design to analysis to construction and fabrication, he travels across Europe evangelizing the power of generative and computational design with Dynamo for building and infrastructure projects. He regularly speaks to packed classes at Autodesk University and Dynamo events.

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