Design for Continuous Deposition with Fusion 360

Graduation project together with Autodesk Research (incl. work placement)

Project description

Topology optimization and additive manufacturing promise a streamlined design-to-make workflow, producing optimized designs with minimal human input. But topology optimization and print path generation are two isolated steps in the design-to-make process that do not communicate, meaning they currently fail to deliver their maximum potential.

The goal is to create a software tool that analyses a solid model and generates a continuous toolpath that is fully traversable and adheres to structural performance requirements. The deliverable will be an add-in for Fusion 360, allowing for interface with Autodesk’s generative design tools, and extensibility to incorporate more of the freedoms and limitations of large-scale additive manufacturing. 

Figure 1. Jelle Versteege | Eindhoven University of Technology
You will

  • Learn. Develop a strong understanding for developing add-ins in Python with the Fusion 360 API.
  • Apply. Author an add-in that can prepare a range of solid models for additive manufacture through continuous deposition.
  • Extend. Introduce structural engineering concepts in the succeed/fail analysis of the print paths. This could involve finding optimised methods of stacking layers of different layouts, incorporating considerations for buckling and slumping, or extend to include non-planar slicing.

You have

  • Intermediate knowledge of, or strong interest in, programming in Python.
  • Strong knowledge of CAD, CAM, and/pr 3D Concrete Printing concepts.
  • Familiarity with Fusion 360 (or similar) for design and manufacturing workflows.

About the placement 

  • You will receive a stipend of €1000 per month, for the duration of the 9-month project. 
  • 75% of your time will be project work, 25% will be regular studies.
  • You will meet and learn from a global team of Autodesk researchers and engineers, with opportunities for wider collaboration.

About Autodesk Research 

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. At Autodesk Research, we advance this mission by exploring new possibilities where others see roadblocks. With a diverse team of scientists and industry experts, we conduct industrial research that helps customers design and make a better world for all. For more information: research.autodesk.com 



The contact for this job posting is Rob Wolfs.