GM’s NEW TECH­NOL­OGY FOR MAK­ING LIGHT­WEIGHT VE­HI­CLES

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Gen­er­a­tive de­sign soft­ware is what GM is us­ing for “lightweight­ing,” the process of re­duc­ing ve­hi­cle mass and parts con­sol­i­da­tion. For ex­am­ple, the com­pany put a seat bracket through this process, and the re­sult is “40 per­cent lighter and 20 per­cent stronger than the orig­i­nal part. It also con­sol­i­dates eight dif­fer­ent com­po­nents into one 3D-printed part,” the au­tomaker says. This tech­nol­ogy uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence al­go­rithms and cloud com­put­ing to “rapidly ex­plore mul­ti­ple per­mu­ta­tions of a part de­sign, gen­er­at­ing hun­dreds of high-per­for­mance, of­ten or­ganic-look­ing geo­met­ric de­sign op­tions based on goals and pa­ram­e­ters set by the user, such as weight, strength, ma­te­rial choice, fab­ri­ca­tion method, and more.”

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