Generative Design

Generative design is a design exploration process. The software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn’t.

Designers or engineers input design goals into the generative design software, along with parameters such as performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. 


Explore a wider range of design options
In the time you can create one idea, a computer can generate thousands, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.

Make impossible designs possible
Generative design lets you create optimized complex shapes and internal lattices. Some of these forms are impossible to make with traditional manufacturing methods. Instead, they're built using new additive manufacturing methods.

Optimise for materials and manufacturing methods
Set goals and parameters and the software will create high-performing design options based on those constraints. The software resolves conflicting design constraints so you can focus on innovating.


Generative design in the AEC sector is developing technology for solving complex design tasks ranging from floor layouts and site optimisation, conceptual massing through to façade engineering, and individual component design. The uses for generative design in the AEC sector are endless, many new techniques and workflows are being innovated daily to solve complex problems. 

Note: The below recording was created by Excitech prior to becoming Symetri in January 2021, following its acquisition by Addnode Group. All Excitech products, services and solutions mentioned in this recording are available through Symetri.

The video provides an introduction to generative design with Autodesk Project Refinery, presented by Lawrence Hooker, Technical Consultant at Symetri.


Light Weighting
Minimize mass and material use while maintaining high-performance standards and engineering constraints.

Performance Improvements
Use generative design to help improve and optimize product durability and eliminate areas of weakness.

Part Consolidation
Consolidate multiple components into solid parts to maximize the potential of additive manufacturing.

Generative design can help you meet your sustainability goals by light-weighting your products, producing less production waste and helping you choose more sustainable materials.

Want to know more about Generative Design? Please complete the form below to gain access to the whitepaper that looks at generative design, the Autodesk tools to get up and running, future state and the benefits this can harness, produced by AU London speaker Lawrence Hooker. 

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