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Commercial & Recreational Vehicles

Design and manufacture best-in-class recreational and commercial vehicles with tools designed for automotive workflows

Workflow for commercial and recreational vehicle design, simulation, and manufacturing


Create high-quality concepts and visuals early in the design process for recreational and commercial vehicles, and improve decision making with visualization. Reduce time with software that improves efficiency. Reuse product engineering data throughout the production engineering and planning process.



  • Concept design

    Get the design process off to a good start with tools for creating digital concepts from artistic sketches and drawings.

    Increase the number of concepts and explore alternatives and variants with 3D concept models while reducing the number of physical clay models.


    Review design concepts in real time as a team with efficient visualizations and virtual models.

    Go from sketch to surface in one solution to enhance efficiency, reduce clay models, and increase concept variants.

  • Design & styling

    Turn a concept model into a detailed surface design model with efficient surface design capabilities that reuse and reference sketches and 3D concept models.

    Efficiently create visualizations of your design model and reuse information beyond the geometry, including cameras, shading, shadows, and materials.

    Meet early marketing demands by generating movie-quality, production-ready CGI and videos.


  • Technical surfacing

    Develop high-quality, high-fidelity, production-ready surfaces from the design model with professional surfacing tools.

    Judge the perceived quality in context of texture, color, and illumination without creating a physical model.

  • Sales and marketing, POS

    Help build awareness for your project by generating production-ready, high-resolution CGI and videos for use in marketing.


    Efficiently generate CGI from real-time visualizations.

  • Product engineering

    Reuse technical surfaces and accelerate design with an efficient frame and shaft generator.

    Easily set up and manage workgroup data and secure design data with multisite collaboration and access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

    Improve engineering reviews with real-time visualizations, including perceived quality, light design, and gap analysis.

  • Product simulation

    Reduce costly tool changes and iterations by analyzing and understanding plastic part behavior during the early part of the manufacturing process.

    Reduce iteration cycles and make changes early in the design process by predicting behaviors with upfront flow, heat transfer, and cooling analysis.

    Make changes earlier due to a better understanding of behavior and performance with upfront simulation of mechanical designs in a multiphysics environment.

    Use real-time visualization to review simulation results, such as perceived quality of plastic parts, and improve visual review of CFD simulation.

    Easily set up and manage workgroup data and secure design data with multisite collaboration and access to ERP systems.

  • Production equipment design

    Design digital prototypes of product equipment to reduce costs, reuse data, and increase efficiency. Speed the design process with accelerators like frame generator.

    Increase drawing generation efficiency with 2D design tools built for mechanical design, and avoid data quality issues with near-perfect fidelity due to DWG™ technology.

    Efficiently design and maintain electrical wire diagrams for production equipment machinery with a specialized toolset that includes libraries and electrical logic.

    Reduce iterations and costly tool changes with a better understanding of plastic parts behavior during the manufacturing process. 

    Increase efficiency when you use tools to securely manage design data such as revisions, bill of materials (BOM), and workgroup data.

    Easily set up product lifecycle management (PLM) backbone to manage the processes in production equipment design, including requirement management and supplier collaboration.

  • Factory planning

    Plan efficiently with provided libraries. Transfer 2D layouts to 3D layouts with 3D layout tools, and aggregate multiple data sources to reduce risks.

    Use a modern 3D design of your building, and access a centralized information system for the entire process, from planning through operation.

    Easily secure design data and manage workgroup data. 

    Manage the processes in production planning, factory installation, and operation, including management and supplier collaboration with a PLM backbone.

  • Documentation

    Reuse 3D data and efficiently create interactive instructions with storyboards and snapshots for use in work templates and mobile viewing tools.

    Develop 2D drawing-based documentation with efficient and easy-to-use tools based on DWG™ technology for maximum interoperability.

All products for commercial and recreational vehicle design

Autodesk Factory Design Suite 3D factory layout software

Factory Design Suite
Integrated 3D factory layout software for design and visualization.

AutoCAD software for 2D and 3D CAD

CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

Design Review CAD viewer software

Design Review
DWF™ viewer for digitally marking up Autodesk 2D and 3D files.

VRED 3D design rendering software

Mockup 360
A real-time collaboration and digital design mockup tool.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro painting and drawing software

SketchBook Pro 2015
Intuitive digital painting and sketching tool for concept design.

Autodesk Alias Surface industrial design software for Class-A surfacing

Alias Surface
Tools for conceptual design and Class-A surface modeling.

AutoCAD Electrical control design software

AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD software to design and document electrical controls systems.

Autodesk Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.

Autodesk Navisworks products for integrated project management

Project review software products for Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Autodesk Vault data management software

Data management software for organizing, managing, and tracking data.

VRED 3D design rendering software

AutoCAD 360
Cloud-based CAD editor app available for web and mobile.

AutoCAD Mechanical design and drafting software

AutoCAD Mechanical
Design and drafting software for automating mechanical CAD tasks.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher technical documentation software

Inventor Publisher
Technical documentation software for creating 2D and 3D documentation.

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical and Multiphysics mechanical simulation tools

Software simulation tools for mobile, desktop, and cloud use.

VRED 3D design rendering software

Photorealistic 3D design rendering software.

Industry trends and topics

Support for lightweight design and material substitution

Designing transportation equipment with greater fuel efficiency and a reduced CO2 footprint is a priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Autodesk provides tools that support material substitution and help you simulate and optimize lightweight plastic parts. Stay in compliance with regulations and environmental standards with automotive design software that helps you stay one step ahead.

Tools that help you meet your sustainability goals

Sustainability is an important factor in automobile manufacturing today. To help you meet your sustainability goals, Autodesk provides tools for upfront factory optimization, factory flow analysis, and workplace light simulation. Help reduce energy costs and water consumption, and help provide a better working environment for your team.
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What customers are saying

Products they used

Tesla Motors

This automotive manufacturer met timelines with quality designs using Autodesk automotive design software. The team created models using Alias software for visualization and prototyping, smoothing the journey to 3D models.

 Tesla Motors customer story

Holden Special Vehicles

Vehicle design software helped this company speed product development. The team explored and reviewed design decisions without creating a physical prototype for each option to help save time and stay on budget.

 Holden Special Vehicles customer story

Primera Plastics

This automotive manufacturer uses Simulation Moldflow software to produce more accurate quotes. Creating quality injection mold designs prior to manufacturing improves quality and aesthetics for the product.

 Primera Plastics customer story

Mitsubishi Motors

This automotive manufacturer was able to swiftly determine the difference between 2D and 3D layouts and display large-scale assembly models, allowing the company to stake out a strong competitive position in the marketplace.

 Mitsubishi Motors customer story