Generative Design / Topology Optimization

Created by Winston Jennings on 28 April, 2018

Are there any free softwares (or free trials), for experimenting with generative design? What are the advantages of each one?

As a student, I would like to use generative design and bring some parts into life through 3d printing, in order to run a series of tests about the actual mechanical properties, comparing to the ones of the virtual model. I know there are a lot of parameters involved. As the first step, which software should I use for the designing process?