A method for the design of truss structures which encourages lateral exploration, pushes away from violated spaces, models design intentions, and produces solutions with a wide variety of characteristics is introduced. An improved shape annealing algorithm for truss topology generation and optimization, based on the techniques of shape grammars and simulated annealing, implements the method. The algorithm features a shape grammar to model design intentions, an ability to incorporate geometric constraints to avoid obstacles, and a shape optimization method using only simulated annealing with more consistent convergence characteristics; no traditional gradient-based techniques are employed. The improved algorithm is illustrated on various structural examples generating a variety of solutions based on a simple grammar.

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