The Future of How Things Get Made

As designs become increasingly computable, the ability and ease of making changes grows exponentially. At Autodesk, they are obsessed with harnessing the latest advances in AI to transform the way design works.

Generative design of a parametric chair. Autodesk is developing software that can rapidly sort through the innumerable ways to create a single product—a chair, for instance. Just input the parameters: four legs, an elevated seat, weight requirements, minimal materials…and an algorithm will generate thousands of options. The software looks for the most efficient way to produce the design, and in short order the program will offer thousands more ways to build a perfectly honed seat. Computational design doesn’t replace human creativity—the program aids and accelerates the process, expanding the limits of design and imagination.

Until recently, computation was finite, so Autodesk made tools that were only directive. Their customers had to direct the tools — they drew the lines and arcs that described their idea and decided when to run simulation on a design to explore its performance.

But now, with massive GPU-accelerated computational power comes change, and they can (and have) flipped the entire process around – making the promise of computer-aided design a reality. As Autodesk CTO, Jeff Kowalski describes, “Our customers no longer simulate based on a design, and not just simulate during design, but simulate to discover the design.

With generative design tools, customer needs are anticipated thanks to the expanding world of computation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The result? A powerful new workflow is emerging for product and building design.

Generative design software paired with NVIDIA GPUs allow for massive exploration of the design space for any problem, empowering designers and engineers to truly allow computational capacity to aid them in design and problem solving. A strategic partner for Autodesk, NVIDIA provides the most advanced GPU technologies and the CUDA platform to accelerate AI to help make generative design a reality, and together, transform design workflows of the future.

Autodesk’s technologies were displayed at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2017 including talks, a panel and immersive VR experiences.


More information

On Autodesk’s official website.