Your Special Webinar Sneak Peek: Simulation-Driven and Generative Design

Written by: Mike Gayette

Read Time: 4 min

Simulation-driven and generative design are popular subjects in CAD and product development spaces. Pages and pages of magazines and websites are devoted to the evolution of product design workflows and the rise of AI-powered modeling—and for good reason. Companies across the globe are shaving development timelines and expenses with these new practices. 

If all the media hype makes you scratch your head, we don’t blame you. The concepts have been around for years but aren’t yet universally understood or implemented. Our upcoming webinar, Design Evolution: Simulation-Driven and Generative Design Unleashed, will break down these buzzwords, introduce you to the basics, and show the exciting exploration of simulation-driven and generative design. Here’s a high-level overview of the topics you’ll learn more about by attending the webinar on Oct. 18.

First, what are simulation-driven and generative design?

Simulation-driven design is less complicated than you may expect. Basically, you take the simulation step that was traditionally later in the process and shift it to the front end of development. With simulation up front where the concept and design work is happening, it can play a more active role in the design process, thus helping to guide decisions on whether a specific change has positive or negative effects on the design's function. 

Generative design can automate the creation of geometry for a part or assembly model using machine learning. First, the user specifies the design space, operating environment conditions, materials, and manufacturing constraints. Then an algorithm gets to work computing many potential solutions. The user pares down the results to a single optimal choice for their needs. This process makes generative design faster and more reliable than traditional feature-based or direct modeling methods that you’re probably used to. 

Getting started with simulation-driven and generative design methodologies in Creo is easy. All you need is a bit of instruction, demonstrations, and the right people to guide you. 

Introducing the webinar and your hosts

Design Evolution: Simulation-Driven and Generative Design Unleashed is hosted by Senior Director of Product Management Mark Fischer and PTC Product Manager Todd Kraft. Both are members of the Creo product management team and are longtime proponents of simulation-driven and generative design. 

In the webinar, Fischer and Kraft will demonstrate how you can optimize your design process and leverage both simulation-driven and generative design tools to transform your existing design workflows. They’ve been through plenty of conversations with folks who are new to these concepts, so don’t worry about being thrown into the deep end right away. 

Creo Simulation Live and Ansys Solver

Kraft will explain the history and benefits of Creo Simulation Live, which was created specifically for design engineers who need simulation results updated dynamically in real time. With the inclusion of the most recent Ansys solver, Creo brings increased support for interrogating thermal expansion within a system. And finally, in the demonstrations, you’ll see first-hand the impressive simulation enhancements built into Creo 10.

One of those enhancements is the Creo Ansys Simulation Advanced extension. The extension comes with three powerful capabilities. The first is non-linear contact types that include multiple behavior options such as formulation method, contact detection options, normal stiffness, and more. Second is non-linear materials for analyzing bi-linear material properties, neo-Hookean hyperelasticity, and linear orthotropic elasticity. Third is the combined physics of thermal and structure to allow more use cases and insights for thermal studies. 

AI-driven generative design

After several demonstrations showing the benefits of Creo Simulation Live and Creo Ansys Simulation Advances, the webinar will progress into Fisher’s segment about generative design. 

Creo has two modules optimized for generative design. The first module, Creo Generative Topology Optimization (GTO), is fully integrated into the Creo design environment. GTO uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically generate the optimal design solving for functional objectives, constraints, loads, and manufacturing process criteria.

The second module leverages the optimization study created in GTO. Creo Generative Design Extension (GDX) is a cloud-based solution powered by PTC’s SaaS platform. Users have the ability to automatically produce and evaluate multiple optimized design alternatives through high-performance computing.

During the webinar, Fischer will walk attendees through several live demonstrations of these modules in action. 

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Tags: CAD Connected Devices Simulation Generative Design

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Mike Gayette

Mike Gayette is a marketing professional and freelance writer based in North Dakota. He writes about engineering software, marketing technology, customer service, and team building. He also spends time at the local humane society as a dog walker and cat entertainer.