Februar 24, 2021

Manufacturing Better with Simulation

Until recently, if you wanted to know whether your product design would work as intended, you only had one option: make one and try it. If it didn’t perform as expected, it was back to the not-so-proverbial drawing board to revise and rework, then make another and try it again. Prototyping and testing was essential, but also expensive and time-consuming.


Today, digital simulation tools are enabling new approaches in manufacturing. Whether you’re simulating gas or liquid flow with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), product performance with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), or commissioning an entire production line virtually with a digital twin, simulation enables you to replicate physical processes in a digital model, analyze performance, iterate, and improve—all without ever having to make the product in the real world.

At AU 2020, Autodesk announced new simulation capabilities in Fusion 360, including extensions for machine tool simulation, additive manufacturing simulation, and injection molding. We also announced a partnership with Rockwell Automation to streamline the data flow between the factory layout tools in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection and the simulation tools in Emulate3D. These advances give you new tools to make better products with greater efficiency and pave the way to a digital twin.

Ready to build your simulation skills? Check out these AU resources.

Become a Simulation Expert in 60 Minutes

Static stress? The impact of a flying bird? Fusion 360 can simulate many things. Learn how to set up simulations properly and interpret the results with Shekar Sub and Hugh Henderson.

Simulate Anything: Fusion 360 and Ansys Interoperability

The partnership between Autodesk and Ansys has made it easier than ever to use both sets of simulation tools together. Michael Smell shows you the steps.

Stressing Out: Simulation Workspace in Fusion 360

There are many simulations available in Fusion 360. This class walks you through how to choose and use the right ones for your design and engineering goals.

Why Is Virtual Commissioning and the Use of a Digital Twin Essential Today?

Florian Wegmann shows you how to set up and test factory lines and processes with a digital twin built with IndustrialPhysics 3D simulation software.

Explore more AU 2020 classes about simulation at the AU website. When you're ready to learn, we are too.