Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction

Engineering, Manufacturing
Level
Advanced
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
There are many considerations and factors that play a part in designing a new product. Cost is usually a big one, but sometimes there are other factors that are the main contributors to a product's direction. With vehicles, specifically motorcycles, we see advanced engineering practices performed...

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There are many considerations and factors that play a part in designing a new product. Cost is usually a big one, but sometimes there are other factors that are the main contributors to a product's direction. With vehicles, specifically motorcycles, we see advanced engineering practices performed on seemingly minor parts. In some instances, making a part as light as possible can have a big effect on performance. In other cases, the strength or stiffness of a part, such as a motor mount, is more critical than its mass. Generative design allows us the ability to solve for both problems at the same time and make informed design decisions without the sacrifice. In this course, we’ll explore how generative design can be applied to motorcycle parts to help reduce mass while also increasing performance.

After this course, you'll be able to: 

  • Examine a multi-component assembly.
  • Create Generative Design Studies.
  • Examine and Select Generative Outcome Iterations.
  • Summarize how to Post Process a Generative Outcome.

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Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • Generative Design - weight reduction Overview video.zip 35.43 MB
  • Performance and Weight Reduction Steps by steps guide.zip 97.69 MB
  • GetTheSoftware-Fusion360.pdf 50.16 KB PREVIEW
  • Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction Datasets 327.06 MB

Instructor guide Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction

  • GetTheSoftware-Fusion360.pdf 50.16 KB PREVIEW

Identifying and Modeling Obstacle and Preserve Regions Review of a complex assembly and the identification and modeling of any preserve and obstacle regions needed for the definition of a generative design study.

  • Generative Design - Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction - Week 1 Overview video.zip 9.83 MB
  • Lesson 1: Review a motorcycle assembly 213.35 MB
  • Lesson 2: Recreate Preserve Regions 351.2 MB
  • Lesson 3: Create the area a design must avoid 494.52 MB

Setting up a Generative Design Study Set up an unrestricted generative design study for multiple materials to explore the swingarm of a motorcycle.

  • Generative Design - Performance and Weight Reduction- Week 2 Overview video.zip 3.71 MB
  • Lesson 1: Generative design parameters 28.13 MB
  • Lesson 2: Selecting the preserves and obstacles 66.32 MB
  • Lesson 3: Dynamic motorcycle load cases 61.98 MB
  • Lesson 4: Manufacturing Methods and Study Objectives 46.39 MB

Review and Select an Outcome Focus on the tools used to explore and select a generative outcome. Selecting the right iteration of an outcome for production is a critical step in the process.

  • Generative Design - Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction- Week 3 Overview video.zip 4.98 MB
  • Lesson 1: Selecting the best outcome 231.94 MB
  • Lesson 2: Creating a 3D Design 235 MB

Post Process a File for Production Taking care of the little details in the design will save time from having to manually modify parts after they have been prototyped.

  • Generative Design - Performance and Weight Reduction - Week 4 Overview video.zip 20.78 MB
  • Lesson 1: Modify existing features Part 1
  • Lesson 1: Modify existing features Part 2
  • Lesson: All the little details

Practice exercises Practice exercises to measure skills on the topics covered in this course.

  • Generative Design for Performance and Weight Reduction Practice exercises 824.3 MB
  • Weekly challenges 188.27 MB

Course challenge Challenge assignments are ungraded and provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and innovate your own solution.

  • GD-C2-CC.pdf 180.87 KB PREVIEW
  • Generative Design - Performance and weight reduction - Course Challenge.zip 775.74 KB