Automake: Online 3D Generative Design Software

Automake is about combining generative systems with craft knowledge and digital production technologies to create a new way of designing and making objects that blurs the boundaries between maker and consumer, craft and industrial production. Automake was developed as a research project in the Autonomatic research cluster at University College Falmouth that aimed to investigate the potentials of using generative systems to digitally design unique one-off works and produce them using a range of rapid prototyping/manufacturing technologies and CNC equipment.
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The term generative system applies to any system in which a few basic rules are repeatedly employed to produce varied, unpredictable and often complex results, with varying degrees of autonomy from the user of the system. Generative systems have been used in many fields in an attempt to model and understand existing natural phenomenon or as a tool to help find solutions to complex problems.

In order to create your own forms using our software you will need to download a 3DVIA player.
To run the software click on the software screenshot below, the software should open automatically in your web browser. However you may get a prompt window to select which application to run the software in. If so, simply choose whichever web browser you used to download the 3DVIA player.

Check out the Gallery to see some examples of the designs generated by users.

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3 Responses to “Automake: Online 3D Generative Design Software”

  1. Ponoko Blog Says:

    [...] Loosely related to the previous post on Automake is the conceptual design practice of Lionel T Dean at Future Factories. Continuing the generative theme of organic growth with a design that’s in a constant state of evolution. In Holy Ghost (a reinvention Starck’s Louis Ghost, itself a reinvention of a Louis XV armchair) the back and arms of the chair design have been morphed to create an evolving object realizing ‘mass individualization’. The chair is presented as an animation sequence, which Dean has frozen and used to create two ‘hard copies’ of the design using Rapid Prototyping technology. The Entropia is a lighting design now available for purchase that uses growth, decay and mutation algorithms to produce a lamp in laser-sintered nylon built in 1200 layers and a Chrome-plated metal fixture. [...]

  2. Kate Says:

    I love this concept! When you think about designers getting back to nature, the idea of autogenerated 3D design makes sense; nature autogenerates/designs in ways that far beat what we can imagine. Why not recreate this digitally?

  3. Ponoko Blog Says:

    [...] An upcoming collaborative project involving Justin Marshall of the Autonomatic cluster, (previously mentioned) along with David Frohlich, University of Surrey, Jon Rogers, University of Dundee, Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University & Paul Egglestone, University of Central Lancashire will focus on social inclusion through bespoke digital design. [...]