Generative design technology is now available through Autodesk Fusion 360 environment (it is available in Autodesk Inventor 2019 Professional).
As it was mentioned before, each design engineer knows that the design process begins from some information, data, constrains, and parameters that are modeled by means of the computer to get the desired purpose of the design. However, the design procedure is driven by the design engineer. Consequently, the number of design solutions according to those constrains and parameters is only subject to the ability of the design engineer to generate the design solutions which may partly all totally fullfit the design data and its purpose. And even if the design is complete and complies with the design parameters, it may not be perfect as the design is based on the abilities of the design engineer who leads the design process.
This new methodology in design depends on entering as inputs all information, parameters, and design constrains in the design software, then using a generating algorithm driven by cloud computing related to Autodesk Fusion 360, all possible potential deigns are generated based on the input data. After that, the software itself, and by supervision of the design engineer, tests each design to see if it is comply with the design parameters or not depending on the available machining possibilities and other factors such as the weight, for instance. Through this procedure, FEA is used to verify and evaluate each design solution until we get the best solution. And so, the design solution is not limited with one or two solutions made by the design engineer, rather with thousands or millions of solutions that sorted and addressed to get the best of them.
This new approach in design is extremely useful if it comes together with Additive Manufacturing technologies (i.e. a massive number of solutions with the ability to manufacture any of them beyond the traditional manufacturing means limitations).
The following video practically explains the generative design approach in choosing the best solution for the brakes and fuel base, the result is creating only one part instead of 86 parts that may be used in case of following the traditional design method.