A new era of product innovation
The world of manufacturing is changing rapidly, with products being designed, made, and used in new ways. At Autodesk, we offer solutions that include the latest manufacturing technology trends.
Top trends for product innovation
Tap into the power of the newest technologies to design and make products that are more personalized and connected.
Generative design is software technology that lets you create highly optimized designs that meet predetermined goals and constraints. Using shape synthesis algorithms and multiphysics performance analysis in the cloud, the software generates thousands of design options—many that you’d never think of on your own—from a single idea.
What is generative design?
It’s the next stage in the evolution of design, and it’s happening now. (video: 1:47 min.)
Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) lets you create physical objects by depositing materials in layers, based on a digital model. You can use the technology to create everything from prototypes to production products such as airplane engine parts, eco-friendly buildings, and medical implants. New materials and integrated additive methods drive product innovation by making previously impossible designs possible and reduce manufacturing waste.
Aircraft manufacturer creates the world’s largest 3D-printed airplane cabin component. (video: 2:07 min.)
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing network of physical devices embedded with electronics, software, and sensors that are connected to the Internet and to each other. This connectivity enables communication between devices. When smart, connected products are combined with the cloud, manufacturers can capture, analyze, control, and manage previously unseen data from these products while they’re in use
Bringing it all together
Fusion: Autodesk’s product innovation platform
Product innovation platforms bring together a set of connected design, manufacturing, and IoT tools in a single data-centered platform. Our cloud-based platform, Fusion, supports the new ways that products are designed, made, and used while giving you access to tools for the top manufacturing trends. With Fusion, you can:
Use generative design technology to explore multiple options based on your specifications, optimize designs, and seamlessly move from design to production.
Leverage the latest advances in both additive and subtractive manufacturing for prototypes and production runs.
Capture, analyze, and manage sensor information from your products in real time with IoT technology.
From data and lifecycle management, collaboration, industrial styling, and mechanical engineering to parametrics, drawings, visualization, simulation, machining, and additive manufacturing, Fusion connects everything in one place.
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One essential package of design and engineering tools
Make anything with our best Inventor, with integrated tools for advanced simulation and 5-axis CAM. Collection also includes access to Fusion 360, helping you get on the path to the future of making things with our cloud-based product innovation platform.