Generative Design: Redefining Engineering in the 21st Century

AI-driven generative design will change how and what engineers design in the future, forever.

This episode of The Engineering Roundtable is brought to you by Altair. 

In the history of engineering, there are pivotal developments that changed engineering from art to an applied science. The development of standardized and calibrated systems of measurement, the evolution of rendering into standardized technical drawings, and of course the computer. As a computational aid and as a tool to streamline engineering rendering, computers made the modern world possible, but the art and science of engineering is about to undergo a fundamental, seismic shift: artificial intelligence. AI, and more specifically, generative design, promises to change literally everything about engineering, from basic ideation, to rendering, two-part and product development and manufacturing. Industrial automation seeks to replace human muscle power with machines, but the automation of the engineering process itself promises to change the way humanity lives and works in fundamental ways.  

Exascale computing, and widely distributed computing through the cloud allows modern AI driven engineering design software to iterate complex designs millions or billions of times to generate optimized results quickly and at low-cost. And the next generation of generative design (GD) promises to go farther: suggest design, and ultimately create new solutions to existing problems with little or no human intervention at all. GD promises to create the “everything” engineering machine: describe a problem, and get an engineering solution that’s robust, fully simulated, and ready to implement with a very high degree of confidence. That level of sophistication isn’t here yet, but AI and generative design in their current form already shaved weeks and months from development times, and as importantly, reduce error and risk in development programs.

Learn more about how AI and generative design is helping optimize and accelerate products built in today’s factory of the future.


Dr. Ming Zhou, Chief Engineer, Computational Mechanics and Design Optimization, Altair

Tamás Schmidt, CAE Simulation Engineer Specialist, Xplast

Dr. Francesco Trevisan, Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Wärtsilä

Dr. Joseph Flynn, Senior Specialist, Altair

Ujwal Paitnaik, Global Business Development & Strategy Manager, Altair


Jim Anderton, Multimedia Content Director,