Generative Engineering from ELISE utilizes software to design lightweight materials by optimizing the material used.


  • Reduced costs
  • Reduced material use
  • Time saving


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

The Challenge

Developing technical parts can take a lot of time and resources, and the majority of the design process is manual. Using software to find optimum designs for specific constraints can save time, money, and materials.

Innovation Details

Inspired by the lightweight design of buoyant marine phytoplankton, ELISE designed software known as Generative Engineering that automatically generates lightweight designs and optimal load paths based on the user’s technical specifications. Unlike conventional serial development processes with sketch-based construction and manual iterations, Generative Engineering allows for real time adaptations to changing boundary conditions in one software environment.

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Biological Model

Marine phytoplankton are microscopic algae that provide the foundation for many food webs. They require sunlight in order to grow, and many species have a buoyant, lightweight design that allows them to float on the surface of the water.