A generative multi-agent design methodology for additively manufactured parts inspired by termite nest building

Vimal Dhokia, Wesley Essink, Joseph Flynn

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Abstract

The geometrical complexity available through additive manufacturing processes requires new tools to help designers maximise its advantages. A termite colony can construct highly complex nests that are optimised for thermoregulation and ventilation. The simple individual behaviour of these termites leads to highly intelligent colony behaviour, allowing nests to be simultaneously designed, optimised and produced. By mimicking termite behaviour, this research has led to a new design
methodology using multi-agent algorithms that simultaneously design, structurally optimise and appraise the manufacturability of parts produced by additive manufacturing. A case study demonstrates the generative design of lightweight parts using the multi-agent system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Volume66
Issue number1
Early online date29 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • design method
  • algorithm
  • generative design

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