Innovation Digest: The Lux Take on the Future of Generative Design

November 18, 2021 | Research Report

Generative design has a long history — dating back to the first algorithmically designed buildings — but has recently come to the fore with the advent of 3D printing. The question remains, however: Will generative design impact conventional manufacturing? If so, when? This report provides a brief overview of the generative design space and identifies its impact on manufacturing going forward.


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

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • METHODOLOGY We assessed generative design on five key factors to gauge its impact in the next year
  • INTRODUCTION Generative design won’t impact most manufacturing in the near term
  • PRODUCT Four features define generative design
  • TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL Generative design is at TRL 8 and has moderate momentum
  • MARKET ORGANIZATION GD is not quite ready for mainstream adoption
  • MARKET READINESS Generative design is ready for a subset of markets
  • PRODUCTION  Production infrastructure is ready for GD
  • ANALYSIS GD will continue to grow quickly within 3D printing and gradually pick up momentum in other applications
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst



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