Evolving 3D forms: The shape of things to come?

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Evoshape is a new design tool that ‘evolves’ 3D forms: instantly generating a variety of shapes that the designer likes, prompting the system to breed new shapes based on the DNA of earlier versions.

The real innovation is that each new population of shapes will inherit the desirable features of the previously selected shapes, while simultaneously offering new ideas and variations.

A radical new design tool that breeds new shapes at the touch of a screen has been developed at Loughborough University.


“By selectively breeding 3-D shapes, EvoShape is not only inspiring product form and styling but also innovative new product features,” says Dr Ian Graham, creator of the program.

“It’s particularly exciting to see how a family of products can evolve from the same ‘shape DNA’ and also how this can encourage design professionals and their clients to collaborate on product design, across many industry sectors.”

Following its initial trial with 10 Leicestershire design companies, EvoShape is continuing further collaborations with companies in Italy, America and the UK while discussing producing the system as software for designers under license.



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