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Your product development process: Streamlined

Digital Prototyping product development process and product lifecycle management diagram

You can simplify and streamline every stage of your product development process with Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools. This powerful approach will help you produce better, more differentiated products and get them to market faster. You’ll be more competitive on a global scale because Digital Prototyping:

  • Makes it easier for your entire team to give input on mechanical designs
  • Enables you to simulate the product in action, so you can ensure it will perform as needed
  • Lets you make design changes quickly and easily, and frees you to explore new ideas
  • Automates processes so you can focus on innovation without extending your product development lifecycle

Explore the five product development stages below to see how Digital Prototyping can make each one simpler for you and your organization.

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: design and engineering

The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping enables you to:

  • Create sketches and 3D concept models for use by Engineering.
  • Drive innovation with a single, accurate 3D digital model to use at every phase of new product development.
  • Rapidly refine ideas via combined parametric, freeform, and direct editing tools and speed designs into production.
  • Design, visualize, and simulate products before releasing them to Manufacturing.
  • Solicit and incorporate feedback on manufacturability early in the design process.
  • Lower costs and speed cycle times—do more in-house using built-in, robust functionality.
  • Automate calculations and resolve complex geometry so you can focus on mechanical design rather than error resolution.
  • Accurately capture and share ideas with others for input and collaboration with cloud based product lifecycle management.

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: design and engineering

Engineer and simulate design (video: 1:30 min.)

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: design validation testing

The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping enables you to:

  • Perform design validation testing before releasing designs to the shop floor with a broad range of tools for finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.
  • Perform stress, deflection, and motion simulation in-house to reduce costs and speed design times.
  • Validate and update digital prototypes easily with the bi-directional data flow between Autodesk simulation software and mechanical engineering tools.
  • Integrate mechanical, structural, fluid flow, thermal, composite, and plastic injection molding simulation tools into your prototype testing process to help speed time to market.
  • Determine the best material choices and check manufacturability of part and mold designs to help avoid production delays, manufacturing defects, or costly mistakes.
  • Reduce reliance on costly physical prototypes or outside specialists for design validation testing
  • Accurately capture and share ideas with others for input and collaboration with cloud based product lifecycle management.

.Video: product design validation and testing with Autodesk Product Design Suite

Assembly-level finite element analysis (FEA) (video: 1:37 min.)

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: manufacturing and production

The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping enables you to:

  • Visualize complete manufacturing and production facilities, industrial machinery, and factory floor models in a single environment.
  • Drop digital prototypes of equipment onto your layout, detect interferences, and explore options to find the optimal factory layout.
  • Include a person in your 3D model to check ergonomics.
  • Show nontechnical stakeholders exactly what the factory floor will look like with interactive 3D visualizations.
  • Collaborate and implement plans sooner to help start manufacturing on schedule and capitalize on market opportunities.
  • Reduce change orders, minimize delays and avoid cost overruns associated with layout changes.
  • Combine CAD data from various design systems regardless of file format or size.
  • Bring CAD and CAM together for a truly integrated design-to-manufacturing solution.
  • Streamline manufacturing and quality processes with cloud based product lifecycle management.

.Video: product manufacturing and production with Autodesk Factory Design Suite

Factory Design Suite Overview (video: 2:46 min.)

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: sales and marketing

The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping enables you to:

  • Produce accurate, cinematic-quality visualizations of product prototypes.
  • Accelerate product marketing with stunning imagery created from your existing 3D design data.
  • Create highly realistic images for brochures, websites, catalogues, and videos before your product is even built.
  • Place your products in realistic environments and create immersive, interactive presentations for prospective customers.
  • Share data between programs for advanced renders and animations of prototype models.
  • Reduce costs associated with physical product prototypes and eliminate the need for photography shoots.
  • Assess market requirements to accelerate innovation with cloud based product lifecycle management.

.Video: real-time design visualization with Autodesk Product Design Suite

Real-time design visualization (video: 1:24 min.)

Digital Prototyping product development process diagram: data management

The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping enables you to:

  • Manage and track all the data for a digital prototype so you can better reuse design data, manage the release and change process, and promote early collaboration with manufacturing teams and clients.
  • Develop product documentation as you design so it can be quickly revised and republished when you make changes.
  • Empower non-CAD users to produce product data management software views directly from the digital model.
  • Give customers more intuitive, visually rich documentation.
  • Securely store and manage data in a central location.
  • Spend less time searching for files and free up time to create innovative designs.
  • Reduce documentation and service costs to get more from your investment.

.Video: product data management with Autodesk Vault design visualization software

Vault overview (video: 3:29 min.)

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