MSC Apex Generative Design

Smart Generative Design for an unmatched Design for Additive Manufacturing Experience

Not all generative design software is equal


MSC Apex Generative Design provides a truly end to solution for designers making high-precision, industrial components. It takes you from screen to machine faster and with less human intervention than any other software.

Change is upon us. For the first time you can innovate, improve and validate parts and products in one simple end to end solution. Designers unite, join the MSC ApexGD revolution today.

Designers love MSC Apex Generative Design. Their eyes light up when they use it because it thinks like them, improving parts using subtractive, formed and assembled designs - only faster. Users have experienced 80% reductions in initial design and setup time by combining multiple steps, from a starting geometry through preparation to optimisation.

Set the specifications, sit back, relax and then enjoy targeted design suggestions delivered at the speed of light.

MSC Apex Generative Design at a glance

  • Simplicity - No expert knowledge required for conducting optimisations through a high user-focused software design.
  • Automated Design - Almost automatically generate multiple smoothed design candidates that all satisfy the design criteria while minimizing the weight.
  • Import and Validation - Import existing geometries or mesh, find optimized design candidates, and perform design validation - all inside a single CAE environment.
  • Direct Output - Export geometry that can be directly manufactured and used immediately without manual re-work.
  • One Process - Import the resulting geometries in Simufact Additive or Digimat AM to achieve cost-efficient first-time-right result for every part.

Benefits of MSC Apex Generative Design

Lattice Structure Optimization

Lattice structures have a high potential for lightweighting. Yet, the transition from solid material to lattice structures is usually critical and prone to a defect. With MSC Apex Generative Design, the complete structure can be automatically optimised to generate a smooth stress-optimised transition so that the structures optimally grow together.

Significant time reduction

MSC Apex Generative Design makes design for manufacturing smarter because it combines speed with high levels of automation to significantly reduce the time required for optimisation. The result is a fast, cost-efficient and integrated process.

Stress constraint based optimisation

Stresses are usually the most important layout criterion for a part design. MSC Apex Generative Design technology makes it possible to optimize in a stress-oriented manner. This approach enables a true bionic-shaped design, with a very homogenous stress distribution to ensure high part reliability.

Optimization for Additive Manufacturing

Every manufacturing technology requires design rules to avoid quality issues manufacturing a part. This is especially important to get Additive Manufacturing right first time. In contrast to most common optimization solutions, MSC Apex Generative Design has integrated fully integrated these and applies them functionally to optimization.

Automated retransition to CAD

Conventional optimization software requires the use of additional retransition software to transition computer-generated structures to CAD, and the know-how and experience to use it. MSC Apex Generative Design incorporates this core functionality in a single environment and automatically transfers the design for optimal CAD/CAM linkage.

Intelligent smoothing

The efficient transition into fine and smooth surfaces is automatically conducted by an intelligent algorithm. A defect-free surface is inevitable , ensuring the high quality of every single part.

Automatic mesh generation

The mesh for the optimization model is automatically generated and error-free compared to a manual, time-consuming process using conventional optimization software.


Robust, automatic adjustment of resolution

MSC Apex Generative Design makes it possible to automatically adjust the resolution or geometry. Once a rough geometry has been generated, the software increasingly refines the resolution until a finer, more detailed structure is achieved.

Highest resolution

MSC Apex Generative Design is designed specifically to generate the detailed and highly complex structures that only additive processes can manufacture. It is impossible to realize the necessary extent of calculation effort with conventional optimization software.

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At the heart of MSC Apex Generative Design works our "Generative Design Engine"


MSC Apex Generative Design's innovative approach has been proven in practice

It is based on Finite Element Analysis but, unlike traditional methods, does not use a density field, rather utilizes a very fine mesh with well-defined elements. This enables the algorithm to directly evaluate the occurring stresses, as well as reliably derive distinct geometries that are truly unimaginable by human mind.

Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) without Expert Knowledge

MSC Apex Generative Design is designed specifically to generate the detailed and highly complex structures that only additive processes can manufacture. The optimised designs exhibit perfect transitions between structure elements such as struts and shells as well as they contain usually self-supporting structures that ensure the results can be sent straight to print.

Designers unite - join the generative revolution today!