Generative design systems for the industrial design of functional mass producible natural-mathematical forms

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Abstract

Nature provides us with a vast source of inspiration. However, given industrial designers' open-mindedness and inquisitiveness, a surprisingly limited set of nature-derived symbols continues to be popular in this creative discipline. Rather than designing products mimicking nature, it is probably more rewarding designing them based on the natural principles leading to its growth and form. However, the constraints related to mass produced products make designing with the often complex forms found in nature a daunting task for a human designer. In this paper, we demonstrate, through the implementation of two generative design systems, how fairly complex everyday objects based on three-dimensional natural-mathematical morphologies can be designed, evaluated and produced using mass production techniques; that digital and analogue methods can be linked to create an aesthetic and functional whole beyond purely decorative mimicry. The output from the generative design system made it possible to produce a fully developed, "ready-for-sale" product, with potential for large-scale production. This is a step towards enabling industrial designers the same level of form articulation as has been available to artists and architects, even though the constraints on the design activity are much different.

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  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Keywords

  • Generative design system, L-system, Renaissance 2.0, genetic algorithm, minimal surface, Putting nature to work, Industrial design, Industridesign, Machine design, maskinkonstruktion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research - IASDR'13
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
PublisherInternational Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR)
Pages2931-2941
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-4-9980776-3-3
StatePublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research - IASDR'13 - Tokyo
Duration: 2013 Aug 242013 Aug 30

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Conference5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research - IASDR'13
Period2013/08/242013/08/30

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