DUBLIN—The automotive industry, spurred by the growing trend of lightweight vehicle production, is expected to hold a significant share of the worldwide market for generative design to 2026, according to a new report from Research and Markets (ResearchAndMarkets.com).

The report, “Generative Design Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021-2026),” predicts the generative design market will register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 15 percent during the forecast period of 2021 to 2026, Research and Markets said in a release.

The release highlights multiple cases in which automakers used generative design technology to achieve their goals for lighter-weight parts.

In 2019, Volkswagen Group unveiled a vintage VW Microbus retrofitted with several reconceptualized components produced by generative design technology. Volkswagen is promoting the vehicle to highlight technologies that it believes would be significant to the future of automotive design and manufacturing, particularly concerning electric vehicle production, according to the release.

Autodesk partnered with VW’s Innovation and Engineering Center, California (IECC) on this project to maximize vehicle strength while minimizing its weight. Generative design was deployed to produce lighter-weight parts by reducing mass and material use while maintaining high-performance standards and engineering constraints.

According to Autodesk, General Motors used generative design earlier in 2019, in a proof-of-concept project to develop a lightweight seat bracket prototype for its electric cars of the future.

Also, in January 2020, the electric vehicle company Arcimoto announced that it is working with XponentialWorks and ParaMatters to design and additively manufacture lightweight components for its Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV). Deploying ParaMatters’ AI-powered generative design software, Arcimoto is redesigning several elements to generate alternative parts that carry much of the same performance characteristics but at a lighter weight, according to Research and Markets.

Weight reduction has become a critical concern for electric vehicle efficiency, as the less an automobile weighs, the less energy is required to propel it down the road. More efficient energy consumption equates to more range per charge, which is one of the most important considerations for consumers when evaluating electric vehicles, Research and Markets said in the release.

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