Inventors of the Year 2018

Talents

AM machines allow us to manufacture very complicated lattice structures, but we need software tools to digitally model and analyze them.

Suraj Musuvathy, Corporate Technology

Production methods are changing: new materials and technologies such as Additive Manufacturing can produce objects with new functions by fine tuning geometry and material at very small size scales. Due to the high complexity of processing such objects, traditional software systems for design do not even nearly exhaust the potential at Corporate Technology in Princeton, New Jersey, Inventor of the Year, Suraj Musuvathy, develops new algorithms aimed at catapulting design into the future.

 

“Today, designers find it very difficult to model and analyze lattice structures,” explains the young inventor, who works on new technologies for designing for AM.

 

For this reason, Musuvathy has developed specialized techniques for computer-aided design of lattice structures. With their help, lattice structures that contain 100,000 times more geometric primitives than previously possible in state of the art design systems can be created. Completely new shapes can be designed and produced as a result.

 

The far-reaching implications of the changes in the design and production processes are also demonstrated by a program launched by DARPA, the US Department of Defense’s research institute: the TRADES (Transformative Design) research project led by Siemens will develop new mathematical methods that make it possible to tap the full potential of the almost limitless design space. The project aims, in particular, to optimize all the variables that are now possible with modern materials and manufacturing processes so that innovative complex functions and structures can also be realized.

 

Musuvathy heads the Siemens team of the TRADES project. “With these new tools, we will be able to design functionalities more easily and efficiently, such as shock-absorbing properties in a vehicle,” he explains.