Generative Design Study – Walking Aid

It´s is great how generative design proposals look closer to Nature – organic shapes. Is there any specific reason for that?

Funkifying a Year at MMU - MSc Industrial Digitalisation

For one of the final taught units on the MSc Industrial Digitalisation programme at PrintCity MMU, I was required to perform and document a Generative Design Study using Autodesk Fusion 360 and its Generative Design Workspace.

This was a really rewarding study, having never personally used Fusion 360 before September 2020, let alone exploring the Gen-Design component of the software.

I chose to explore the design of a common medical device – the four-legged Walking Aid.

Device abandonment reported in literature relates to a user’s needs not being met, aesthetically, socially or physically – often leading to complications such an increase in upper extremity joint stress.

Of interest is the potential to factor into the design exact user measurements, such as height and elbow flexion angle, to produce a user centred solution. The resulting design could be produced in a ‘production line of one’, utilising increasingly accessible Additive Manufacturing technology.

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