Generative design

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The brief

Mass manufacturing in fixed sizes is not the only way any more. Thanks to technology like additive manufacturing (3d-printing) there is a growing market for mass customize products that can be manufactured locally and on demand. That’s why we at SkyMaker work with bridging the gap between e-commerce and the manufacturing machines. With our cloud service for CAD and Automation we enable the end customer to interact and explore a products customization possibilities. We believe this is just the beginning of a new industrial era. That’s why we keep chasing the frontier in product design and manufacturing

The background

When any user can customize products they are interested in online by specifying desired size, style, function, performance, etc there are new possibilities for how to design. A product like a window can be customized by its outer dimensions, its heat and light capabilities and perhaps its style. But what happens with the design if you let an algorithm generate the rest instead of an human being?

The problem

How can a generative design approach be used in mass customized products? How will this impact product designs around us, like windows, floors, wall segments and exterior elements? And how can we design so that everybody can afford customized products?