Changes happening in design to keep teams innovating

This year has been a challenge.

Collaboration and communication now more than ever has needed to coincide seamlessly with functionality for innovation to continue even through a pandemic.

As we look forward I think we are going to see more people leveraging these collaboration tools, more people being able to share data, work remotely, while being allowed to keep communicating and keep acting as a team; and that’s the key to all of this.”

As the future of the design industry continues to unfold, additive manufacturing, generative engineering, Ai and machine learning are still in the early stage compatibilities; becoming stronger all of the time. With time, these technologies will only prove to be even more essential. Model based definition will also continue to enrich the digital twin approach and designs will more and more take inspiration from nature, turning toward more organic shapes for strength and structure.

Growth in electronics and software will also continue to become more intertwined, bringing new challenges in packages, thermal, flow, and making sure it all works together across disciplines. In order to innovate quickly these tools need to be tied together.

Generative design is a specific area where companies will be able to gain a lot of efficiency quickly. It is all about getting more from your systems, more computer power out of software and allows for the system to make recommendations around set criteria. This is not a “computers are taking over the world” scenario but rather using generative tools to do millions of calculations to come back with suggestions which designers can then use their expertise to evolve and carry on with. INEOS Team UK is a great example of how generative design was used to come up with ideas for lightweighting structural challenges that can then be additively manufactured.

At year end, the concept of remote working and how quickly people can adapt through the leveraging of these technologies, is just a glimpse into the changes the future of design has in store.

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