The brainchild of the Primordial Research Project, this car is based on billions of data points plugged into generative-design software.
When you hear about a plan to build the first car ever designed and engineered by an artificially intelligent system, it sounds compelling. Especially when the men explaining their vision are named–I kid you not–Mickey and Mouse.
The car, known as the Hack Rod, could well be the first vehicle with a nervous system. The brainchild of the Primordial Research Project, a collaboration between design software giant Autodesk and the balls-to-the-wall media company Bandito Brothers— producers of projects as disparate as a Hollywood military blockbuster starring anonymous real-life Navy SEALs and a world-record jump starring a life-size Hot Wheels–the idea was to let a computer create the perfect car based on innumerable volumes of real-world data.
The ringleaders of this particular project are Autodesk research fellow Mickey McManus and Bandito Brothers CEO and creative director Mouse McCoy. McManus has written a heady tome about the proliferation of trillions of small computing devices–sensors–everywhere in our world today. McCoy is a former professional motorcycle racer and stuntman who has spent thousands of hours with top Hollywood directors.
nTopology was founded with one goal: To help engineers make better 3D printed parts. Our software offers a fluid transition from mechanical design to DFM, and allows for both explicit and computer assisted creation of highly complex lattices structures.
With nTopology, you can quickly design parts that are stronger, lighter, and easier to manufacture than ever before.
What if a CAD system could generate thousands of design options that all meet your specified goals? It’s no longer what if: it’s Project Dreamcatcher, the next generation of CAD. Dreamcatcher is a generative design system that enables designers to craft a definition of their design problem through goals and constraints. This information is used to synthesize alternative design solutions that meet the objectives. Designers are able to explore trade-offs between many alternative approaches and select design solutions for manufacture.
Symvol™ for Rhino, a plugin to the Rhinoceros® 3D modeling system, is a volume-based modeling extension for the creation of both organic and mechanical objects that are always watertight and ideal for 3D printing.
With Symvol, it more like working with a malleable material, such as clay or metal, as opposed to existing modeling systems which seem more like working with a collection of paper sheets glued together.
Whatever is done during modeling in Symvol, the volume created is always a valid solid object – never any cracks and other surface issues.
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Watch the design process for a 3D printed skateboard using topology optimization.
Addressing current issues related to the creation of tall concrete structures, Cast Thicket seeks to refine the typically heavy system of construction. The project proposes three refinements to the site-cast concrete frame: replacing the steel formwork frame and rebar with prefabricated internal steel frame; replacing the plywood or steel forms with a thin membrane hung on the steel frame; and replacing the solid shear walls with a network of struts.
In a three-month project a bicycle frame has been designed by team of students from the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology to showcase the potential of the printing specialists MX3D of Amsterdam and their method of printing metal by three-dimensional means. Development of the ‘Arc Bicycle’ is part of a research project at AMS Building Fieldlab, and involved use of multi-axis robotic arms to 3D-print the frame. As Harry Anderson of the design team states, “The topic of 3D printing has exploded in popularity over the last decade, but the technology still comes with significant limitations for those wanting to print medium- to large-scale objects. The MX3D method of 3D printing now makes it possible to create large metal objects with almost total form freedom”.
What happens when traditional cabinetmaking and cutting-edge 3D Printing techniques collide? Modern furniture designer Mathias Bengtsson dares to experiment with this premise and delights us with his 3D Printed ‘Big Growth Table’ – a mix of Materialise’s technology and nature’s beauty.