New AIs from Astraea Software Can Facilitate Engineering Design
AI applications are increasingly accepted as solutions to enhance productivity in the manufacturing industry. The Japanese tech firm, Astraea Software, has successfully developed AIs that could be an aid to engineers in the design phase.
Digital Transformation (DX) is a trending topic. The incorporation of digital technology into a company's production activities and improving business efficiency and quality through AI technology has been multiplying.
The manufacturing industry is also focusing on the promotion of DX through AI technology. Many examples of its use have been reported. However, few examples of AI technology are applied to concept design, which is the starting point of the engineering chain.
Inspired, Astraea Software has developed 3D shape recognition technology and 3D shape synthesis technology and released the demo applications of those AIs on its demo site.
The 3D Car Body Synthesis is an example of applying 3D shape synthesis to conceptual designs in the automotive manufacturing industry, allowing users to experience having AI generate a new car body from other car bodies.
The AI learns the two car bodies' features and instantly creates a new body with a mixture of those features. Designers can create a new car body that fits their taste.
Furthermore, since the generated car body is 3D shape data, it can be used to create a mock-up model using a 3D printer or transferred to a 3D CAD system for a more detailed design.
Along with the 3D Car Body Synthesis function, Astraea Software has also released the 3D Shape Recognition AI's demo. This AI allows users to experience the classification of bolt head shapes, pipe shapes and several manifold branches. The feature can be used to automate the design process during the detailed design phase.