Will Machine Learning Replace Designers?

Theoretically speaking, humans learn through past experiences (granted, not always the case, but we have the capacity). Essentially that’s what machine learning algorithms do. Consider the smart assistants powered by artificial intelligence (AI) on smartphones or in living rooms or kitchens.

Most everyone is familiar with Siri, Alexa, and Google Home/Nest Hub. These voice-activated personal assistants collect information based on your past interactions with them; the resulting data set is utilized to produce future results or predictions tailored to your preferences. The more you consult a voice-activated personal assistant, the “smarter” it becomes.

Machine Learning in CAD

A similar idea applies to 3D Creator on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, except now it is a 3D parametric modeler that “learns” through your past interactions whilst designing.

For example, when you make a selection while working on a CAD model, the Design Assistant may suggest a range of other selections it can make for you based on the size, shape, and orientation of the geometry. With each selection you make, the Design Assistant prediction becomes more intelligent and more relevant.

If you agree with a prediction, one tap gives Design Assistant the go-ahead, and it automatically chooses all suggested edges. Edge selection automation predicts what should be selected for the given command based on the underlying geometry, and it utilizes geometry recognition to accelerate the design process.

This same functionality works in the sketching apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Watch this short video to see both in action.


Automating Repetitive and Tedious Tasks

The most tedious and repetitive tasks in CAD can be streamlined by leveraging the machine learning capabilities in 3D Creator. Because AI learns every time you use 3D Creator, the next time you perform a similar task, Design Assistant makes a recommendation based on your past edge selections.

Most people don’t think about it but Cloud-based apps allow AI to more easily “learn” from your designs. The more you design in the 3D Creator system, the smarter its recommendations, because it continually evolves and learns from the choices you make.

As announced at 3DEXPERIENCE World in February 2020, machine learning will soon be supercharging assembling assemblies, so stay tuned!

Machine Learning Algorithms Rocket CAD Productivity

Don’t believe the hype. AI is not likely to replace human intuition, insight, and the ability to form and build complex relationships, at least not for a while. The really cool thing is that 3D Creator is “learning” right along with you and helping make your job less tedious and more productive.

SOLIDWORKS is always improving machine learning algorithms, so let us know what you’d like to see in the future.

What do you want an AI-powered design assistant to do for you?

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Mark Rushton

Mark Rushton is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS and has been involved with 3D CAD and 3D Printing for over 15 years in several capacities from research to consulting for the likes of Rolls Royce, GE, JCB and Dyson. When not playing with 3D printers or other tech, he is most likely out snowboarding, wake boarding or mountain biking.