Live Parts is a software application from Desktop Metal that takes a nature-inspired approach to generative design, making it easy to create and optimize part designs in minutes.
- Parameter definition
Using the Live Parts for SolidWorks Add-in, users define parameters consisting of geometric constraints (i.e. attractor, repeller, and container zones), load bearing surfaces, fixed locations, symmetries, etc, and then export this data to Live Parts.
- Design generation
In minutes, Live Parts generates (in fact it "grows") an optimized design from scratch—guided by the user-defined constraints as well as advanced simulation of complex and transitioning load conditions.
- Iteration & exploration
At any point during or after the design generation process, users can save the design in its current state or manipulate the parameters to see the impact on the design in real-time.
- Export & analysis
Once complete, Live Parts smooths the design geometry and exports it back to SolidWorks, where it is auto-assembled as a smooth solid part. The user may add features, perform form and fit analysis with other parts in the assembly, and even perform additional analysis. The result is a strong, lightweight design that is well-suited for 3D printing.
Please refer to this section for more information on how to use Live Parts.