Over the next few decades, we are going to transition to a new economy where highly complex, customizable products are manufactured on demand by flexible robotic systems. This change is already underway in a number of fields. 3D printers are revolutionizing production of metal parts in aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. Manufacturing electronics on flexible substrates opens the door to a whole new range of products for consumer electronics and medical diagnostics. Overall, these new machines enable batch-one manufacturing of products that have unprecedented complexity.
This course gives an introduction to the new field of computational design that is essential for the next revolution in manufacturing. Participants will be given an overview of the advanced manufacturing hardware, methods for creating digital materials, and computational design of objects at voxel-level. The course will cover generative design workflows that automatically translate functional specifications of objects to manufacturable designs. The course will also introduce participants to AI methods for computational design that utilize expert knowledge and large data repositories. Finally, the course will showcase new workflows for design across multiple domains (e.g., shape, materials, control, and software) that simplify the process and fully utilize the design space.