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Generative design

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.)

What is generative design?
It’s the next stage in the evolution of design, and it’s happening now. (video: 1:47 min.)

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Project Dreamcatcher

Project Dreamcatcher is a research platform for generative design.

WITHIN MEDICAL

Within Medical generative design software lets orthopedic implant specialists create lightweight, latticed designs for 3D printing.

WITHIN

Within generative design software lets engineers vary the densities of surface skins and internal lattices to optimize designs for 3D printing.

Within

Within generative design software lets engineers vary the densities of
surface skins and internal lattices to optimize designs for 3D printing.

Additive manufacturing

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.

Airbus
Aircraft manufacturer creates the world’s largest 3D-printed airplane cabin component. (video: 2:07 min.)

Airbus
Aircraft manufacturer creates the world’s largest 3D-printed airplane cabin component. (video: 2:07 min.)

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netfabb

Netfabb enables an industrial additive manufacturing workflow, from content to machine, including preparing models for 3D printing.

MORE MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE

Autodesk manufacturing software helps you machine, print, inspect, and fabricate better quality parts, faster.

Project Escher

Project Escher is a parallel processing system where numerous independent tools collaborate to fabricate a design.

Project Escher

Project Escher is a parallel processing system where numerous
independent tools collaborate to fabricate a design.

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.

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Fusion Connect

An enterprise IoT cloud service to connect, analyze, and manage products.

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:

DESIGN

Use generative design technology to explore multiple options based on your specifications, optimize designs, and seamlessly move from design to production.

MAKE

Leverage the latest advances in both additive and subtractive manufacturing for prototypes and production runs.

USE

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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Fusion 360
Cloud-based complete 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool.

Fusion Lifecycle
Cloud-based product lifecycle management tool.

Fusion Connect
Enterprise loT cloud service to connect, analyze, and manage products.

Autodesk in action

From research to manufacturing facilities, we’re developing, testing, and delivering the best tools for the new ways products are designed, made, and used.

Pier 9

Pier 9 is our creative workshop for exploring the process of making things, from idea to digital model to real-world physical product. What we learn at Pier 9 influences us to discover ways to advance 3D design and fabrication technology.

Autodesk Research

Autodesk Research collaborates with researchers at leading universities around the world to advance the state of the art in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, and digital design technology.

Resources about the future

Redshift
Learn about the future of making things through the eyes of experts and futurists across a variety of industries.

Mechanical Engineering Resource Center
Get new ideas, deepen your skillset, and gain insight into manufacturing trends.

Medium — Autodesk
Explore a variety of perspectives on technology trends like IoT, generative design, and creative collaboration.

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