“With this work, we aim to disrupt part, assembly, and system design for both conventional and modern manufacturing processes. The computational innovations in modeling, planning, synthesis and performance analysis will be developed to support the increasing freedom of manufacturing with unprecedented geometric and material complexity,” said Saigopal Nelaturi, manager of PARC’s Computational Automation for Systems Engineering area and lead on this project. “We aim to demonstrate the very first example of a fully automatic ‘compilation’ process from design requirements into fabrication instructions using the developed representations and algorithms.”
“This project will radically change the field of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and how we design the next generation of complex engineered systems,” said PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu. “FIELDS (Fabricating with Interoperable Engineering, pLanning, Design, and analysiS) will transform product design by creating a system that automatically searches high-dimensional spaces of shape, material, and process alternatives. It will generate feasible solutions to a set of design specifications, coupled with an ability to perform multi-fidelity, multi-physics-based analysis on the generated solutions. Significant enhancements in product performance and a shortened time-to-market are a few of the immediate benefits of the FIELDS technology. PARC has a unique innovation model, sitting at the center of academia, government and commercial development, and we hope to make a big difference in advancing this vision.”
PARC, together with Intact Solutions, and Oregon State University (OSU), will develop and deliver a new computational design paradigm, engineered to extensively utilize high-performance computing capabilities.
“PARC and its partners will bridge the gaps between CAD, CAE, CAM and new innovative manufacturing techniques. Today’s fragmented approach has been holding digital manufacturing from enjoying what technology can provide today,” said Ersin Uzun, VP and director of PARC’s System Sciences Lab.
With DARPA and its partners, PARC’s solution will incorporate:
1. New mathematical models, representations, and computations for physical artifacts with heterogeneous, anisotropic material structure;
2. Interoperable integration of synthesis, manufacturing planning, and analysis; and
3. Enormous design complexity by automatically searching very-high-dimensional spaces of shape, material, and process alternatives to help human designers discover physically realizable designs.
PARC’s digital manufacturing portfolio of technologies provides the missing engineering capabilities by bringing real-world manufacturing constraints into the product design cycle and identifying manufacturing constraints of a supply chain early in the design phase, ultimately minimizing time-to-market and improving overall product quality.