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In the News: Complex designs can slash the weight of spacecraft parts, but may carry hidden costs

By combining additive manufacturing with advanced processing power, companies now can print the "optimal" design for many spacecraft parts. Engineers are learning, though, that the hardest part of this process known as topology optimization is figuring out exactly what features make a part optimal.

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Jesse Blankenship

Jesse Blankenship

A pioneer of generative design, Jesse founded Frustum, Inc. in 2014 to usher in a new paradigm of CAD. Recognized for his expertise, Jesse served as a Columbia University (MSAAD-2010) Researcher & Professor, teaching generative design and programming to hundreds of graduate students. Jesse also worked as a Senior Optimization Engineer at Autodesk Research for Additive Manufacturing and Aerospace applications. His work included leading the Optimization of the Airbus 2050 concept plane. As CEO of Frustum, Inc., Jesse has enjoyed growing a profitable and innovative company by establishing strong relationships, commercial agreements and OEM partnerships.