An artist's description of an organically inspired landowner in Jupiter's moon Europa.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a software company, Autodesk, conducted a multi-year collaborative research project to explore new approaches to interplanetary landowners.
Perhaps the most complex structure created using land Generative design k, the concept landing was announced today at Autodesk University (November 13), a conference in Las Vegas this week.
Productive design is a relatively new approach that uses machine intelligence and cloud computing to produce a wide range of design solutions to suit specific constraints set by engineers. According to the Autodesk statement, it allows design teams to explore a wider design area, while remaining committed to production and performance requirements set by the team or the environment.
Today, Fusion 360, a cloud-based product development platform for Autodesk, has a commercial form of generative design technology.
Organic looking shapes
Productive design is often associated with 3D printing, also known as additional production, which is very suitable for complex, organic-looking shapes produced by the software according to user characteristics.
For the Lander project, the JPL team uses experimental production-design technology for multi-structural components, including the internal structure, which includes scientific instruments and the outer structure that connects the inside legs to the main load-carrying box. The team was able to reduce the external mass by 35 percent compared to the basic design they initiated.
New designs quickly
The key benefit of productive design is the rapid repetition of the JPL team's designs.
"As a design maturation and new performance or environmental data emerge, productive design can enable our customers to quickly create new designs," explains Karl Willis in Autodesk's technology.
It often takes two to four months for most design teams to revolve around a revised design. However, working with the generative design, Willis added, this process can only take place in two to four weeks.
Leonard David is the author of "Our Future in the Red Planet" published by National Geographic. The book is a friend of the National Geographic Channel series "Mars". A long-written writer for Space.com, David has been reporting for more than five years in the space industry. Follow us I @Spacedotco or Facebook. This version of this story is published in Space.com.