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Design For Additive Manufacturing

The Problem

Automation has greatly enhanced car manufacturing efficiency and manufacturing scale, but the manufacturing paradigm remains unchanged.


The highly-automated age is still confronted with challenges: overcapacity, mass customization, reliance on supply chain and difficulty in iterating, which constrain the innovation in automobile industry. 

The Vision

PIX Generative Hackathon aims to reimagine how cars are made and explore new automobile manufacturing paradigm with creative digital design approaches and new digital manufacturing processes, further driving innovation in the automobile industry and lighting a beacon for next-generation manufacturing.

The ultimate goal of PIX Generative Hackathon is to design self-driving cars which can meet the additive manufacturing capacities by using generative design approach.

Learn More About 



Join The Revolution

Industrial Designer

Mechanical Design Engineer 

Parametric Designer


Interdisciplinary Designer


How to achieve 100x less car parts and assembly work + 10x less reliance on supply chains?

Hackathon Workflow

• Five-day collaboration
• Elaborate the AI-driven Generative Design Approach 
• Reduce the structural parts of a traditionally-manufactured electric car to 10 parts
• Manufacture the car with 3D printing technology 

PIX Generative Hackathon, envisioning a future where car designs are created by innovative designers in a way that hasn't been thought before.



The most special and unique experiences at PIX Generative Hackathon

Design Collaboration

Keynote Speech

Fabrication Workshops

Mentor Guidance

Social Parties

Local Exploration

Generative Design + Metal 3D Printing




5 Days

August 18 - 22, 2018

PIX 5000 M² Factory

Guiyang, Guizhou, China



Metal 3D printing specialist at Cranfield University and Program Manager of WAAMMat



Programme manager, titanium development

Filomeno is lecturer in Additive Manufacture in the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, Cranfield University, where he’s contributing to developing WAAM. He received his PhD in Additive Manufacturing from Cranfield University in 2014; the main focus of his doctoral research was the manipulation of geometry, microstructure and mechanical properties of large WAAM titanium deposits. Previously he earned an MSc also from Cranfield and an MEng in Industrial and Management Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari (Italy).



Chen Zhilei

Founder of KDN Automobile Design Co., Ltd., Wuhan. Certified lecturer of Autodesk Alias. Leaders in various international car design and manufacturing projects.

Chen Zhilei is the founder of KDN Automobile Design Co., Ltd., Wuhan. Specialized in CAS and Class A surface design of car design process, Chen has participated and led many automobile projects ranging from traditional car brands such as Citroen, Peugeot and Land Rover to innovation car projects including Amazon-invested delivery car, JD autonomous logistics car and also PIX self-driving car. Chen obtained the international certified lecturer of Autodesk Alias in 2011, after which he gave design training of Alias car body surface design for more than 50 sessions. Last year, KDN has incorporated Grasshopper parametric design into the research scope of surface generative design and has collaborated in multiple car projects since then.


01.Where is the hackathon?

Guiyang, Guizhou, China

02.When do I need to arrive in Guiyang?

August 17, 2018.

03.Is there a deadline for hackathon application?

Yes, the deadline for application is 12:00 AM, August 9, UTC+8, 2018

The final participants list will be announced before 8:00 PM, August 10, UTC+8, 2018

04.What about travel expenses and accommodation?

Free accommodation and meals will be provided by the Organizer. 


There will be reimbursement up to $1000 (USD) per person for international travel and

up to $400 (USD) per person for travel within mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

05.Will there be teams and groups divided?

Yes, participating designers and engineers will be divided into two groups.

06.How many final participants will be selected?

15-20 final participants.

07.Who owns the outcomes and intellectual property?

PIX Generative Hackathon outcomes such as firmware and design files etc. will be open source and shared under Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Design Outcomes Showcase

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Generative Hackathon is initiated and hosted by PIX and the final outcomes are open source. Visitors may use the contents or services provided on this website for personal study, research or appreciation, and other non-commercial or non-profit uses, and shall meanwhile comply with the Copyright Law and other relevant laws and regulations. Visitors shall not infringe the legal rights of this website and related rights holders. Design results are prohibited from being reproduced.

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Guiyang High-tech Industrial Investment Co., Ltd. logo
C-Zone Hackspace in Guiyang
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Hackathon Highlights

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Sponsorship & Partnership

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities and are eager to work with you to create a custom presence for you onsite that will meet your marketing goals. 

To sponsor or partner with PIX Generative Hackathon,

contact us below directly

Tel: +86 -18111991219


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