COMPUTER AIDED EARLY PHASES IN DESIGN – FROM MARKET NEEDS TO THE OPTIMAL PRODUCT REPRESENTATION
Editor: Marjanovic, D.
Author: Birkhofer, H.
Section: DESIGN PROJECTS AND PROCESSES
Linear flow splitting is an innovative technology enabling the forming of branched sheet metal profiles. This paper focuses on the concept of an algorithm-based approach of designing such profiles, starting with market needs and ending up at the optimal product representation. High performance algorithms “created” topology and geometry of profiles from formalised verbal requirements. This approach has the perspective to solve the problems of the exponentially increasing number of variants in terms of more complex profiles. The approach seems to be able to keep an overview of the inter-linked network of requirements and product properties and to meet the optimal solution in the entire solution space distinctively.