A new approach to generative design for 3D printing

Live Parts™ takes a nature-inspired approach to generative design, making it easy to create and optimize part designs in minutes.

  • Simplified design optimization

    Live Parts integrates seamlessly with existing CAD tools and workflows to simplify the process of defining input parameters. This makes it easy to optimize a pre-existing model or generate a new design from scratch.

  • Real-time interaction & analysis

    During the generation process, users can interact with the simulation environment and the design itself to see the impact of their modifications in real time. This enables more efficient design iteration and exploration.

  • High-performance designs in minutes

    Powered by a GPU-accelerated engine, Live Parts uses nature-inspired algorithms to generate stronger, lighter part designs that leverage the geometric flexibility exclusive to 3D printing-all in a matter of minutes.

How it works

  1. 1. Parameter definition

    Using the Live Parts for SolidWorks Add-in, users define parameters consisting of geometric constraints and static or dynamic loads and then export this data to Live Parts.

  2. 2. Design generation

    In minutes, Live Parts generates an optimized design from scratch—guided by the user-defined constraints as well as advanced simulation of complex and dynamic loads conditions.

  3. 3. Iteration & exploration

    At any point during or after the design generation process, users can save the design in its current state or manipulate the parameters to see the impact on the design in real-time.

  4. 4. Export & analysis

    Once complete, users smooth the design and export it back to SolidWorks for auto-assembly, refinement, and validation analysis. The result is a strong, lightweight design that is well-suited for 3D printing.

Key features

For a complete list of software features, as well as training videos and tutorials, visit the L​ive Parts help center​.

  1. Integration with SolidWorks®​

    Users define Live Parts parameters within their familiar CAD environment, generate the design within Live Parts and, at any point, can export back into SolidWorks for auto-assembly, refinement, and design validation.

  2. No pre-existing design required​

    Users can easily define model parameters, including geometric constraints and forces, either by referencing a pre-existing design or starting from scratch.

  3. Supports dynamic forces

    A simple expression editor makes it easy for users to define static or dynamic loads-either directional, rotational, or radial-that more accurately simulate real-world conditions that are constantly changing.

  4. GPU-accelerated, cloud-based architecture​

    Purpose-built for accessibility and performance, Live Parts runs in the cloud on NVIDIA GPU-accelerated virtual machines to deliver real-time generative design to any device with an internet connection.

  5. Automated smoothing techniques​

    Advanced​ ​smoothing techniques automatically fill out coarse geometry and ensure the design complies with defined parameters. Users can export manufacturing-ready designs directly as STLs or a solid object that merges B-Rep (for fill-in regions) and mesh geometry.

  6. Interactive, multi-physics design environment

    Users can manipulate loads, growth parameters, and designs themselves during the design generation process. In real time, Live Parts demonstrates the impact of these adjustments, enabling rapid design iteration and exploration.