If you’re over the moon with agile design processes, then you’re going to love reading on! What Onshape is doing for CAD tooling to enable innovation (rather than hamper it), Generate is doing for optimizing designs. For example, once you’ve got your inspirational CAD design, you can now import that file into Generate and take your imagination even further. Think about what you could do with powerful topology optimization in the cloud. Together with Onshape, Generate will will enable you to create remarkably complex parts quickly with the ability to constrain the optimization to different manufacturing techniques.

Generate is used for topology optimization. With user inputs such as design constraints, boundary conditions material, and weight, Generate produces functional results in a fraction of the time it would take to create them manually.

Generate allows industrial designers and engineers to discover and deliver novel, manufacture-ready parts and products with optimally balanced structural strength and weight. Designers can calculate, optimize, adapt and validate design options in parallel by running multiple optimization scenarios, seamlessly adding force application points and load cases.

Using Generate, Onshape users will now be able to easily optimize their parts, components and products to be lightweight and high-performance – all in the cloud. Designers can model their design space in Onshape and send it over to Generate for topology optimization. With the power of Generate’s unique geometry kernel, geometry output can be considered manufacture ready. Users can download the STL file and add it to their Onshape assembly.

Let’s take a before-and-after look at a piston head designed in Onshape, optimized in Generate and reimported into Onshape:

A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

Here is a quick guide to using Onshape and Generate together:

  1. Model your design space in Onshape
  2. Export your design space as a STEP file
  3. Login to Generate and upload your design space
  4. Apply forces and boundary conditions to your design space in Generate
  5. Run many topology optimizations simultaneously in the cloud with Generate
  6. Find the designs you like and download them as STL files
  7. Upload any STL you like back into Onshape to view it in your assembly context
Manufacturing Constraints

In addition to optimizing for additive manufacturing processes, Generate also supports constraints targeting subtractive manufacturing processes. Constraints such as Symmetry, Extrusion or Overhang Protection, for example. Using these constraints in Generate will result in a solution that can then be used for a manufacturing process such as 3-Axis Milling.

Example of Generate’s extrusion design constraint

Example of Generate’s overhang prevention design constraint

Example of Generate’s symmetry design constraint

While Generate isn’t in the Onshape App Store yet, it can be used alongside Onshape in a full cloud-based design process. As a new Onshape partner, we wanted to offer users something special. For the next month, you can use the premium version of Generate for free, by signing up here. Hurry, this introductory offer ends on July 31, 2017!