STRONGER. LIGHTER

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Amer­i­can au­to­mo­tive gi­ant, Gen­eral Mo­tors is look­ing to dip its toes into the fu­ture of car man­u­fac­tur­ing work­flow pro­cesses by util­is­ing next-gen ‘gen­er­a­tive de­sign’ soft­ware from Au­todesk. The soft­ware al­lows a user to set spe­cific de­sign pa­ram­e­ters like ma­te­rial, strength and weight af­ter which it can be paired with 3D com­po­nent print­ing. It is also not just some man­u­fac­tur­ing pipe dream. GM and Au­todesk en­gi­neers have al­ready com­bined their re­sources to man­u­fac­ture a proof-of-con­cept seat bracket that is both 40% lighter and 20% stronger than its orig­i­nal coun­ter­part. “Gen­er­a­tive de­sign is the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing and GM is a pi­o­neer in us­ing it to lighten their ve­hi­cles,” says Scott Reese, Au­todesk Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Con­struc­tion.

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