The Future of Generative Design: Evolution and Potential Impact

December 29, 2018 | Research Report

Generative design (GD) is a software technology that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to create and optimize part designs. Currently, this technology is at an early stage and has primarily been adopted for 3D printed parts to reduce weight and increase mechanical performance. However, GD has high long-term potential to revolutionize part designs in every industry. In this report, we explain what generative design is and how it has been used. We will also discuss challenges, how the technology will evolve, and what it means for clients across the value chain.


  • Chemicals
  • CPG
  • Government & Non-Profit
  • Industrials
  • Utilities

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Generative design is an early-stage but rapidly evolving software technology with major long-term disruptive potential for both materials companies and part and product developers
  • Analysis
    Lux identified five key steps for near- and medium-term GD improvement that are already beginning and will greatly accelerate adoption and impact.
  • Outlook

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