Leading Design and Make to
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Introducing our cloud platform to accelerate digital transformation

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The Design and Make world in flux

From the way people work to the way supply chains operate, business has undergone a radical transformation in recent years.

Businesses face challenges with talent, costs, and global uncertainty. Market demand is evolving, too, as climate change, demographic pressures, and shifting consumer priorities create challenges across every Design and Make industry.

Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform

The Autodesk Platform offers three industry clouds to help you manage your assets and workflows.

Autodesk Forma 

Forma is the industry cloud for architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) uniting teams from design to build to operate.

Autodesk Fusion

Fusion is the industry cloud for manufacturing, connecting everyone throughout the product lifecycle.

Autodesk Flow 

Flow is the industry cloud for media and entertainment, bringing together the entire production lifecycle.


Autodesk Platform Services

As the foundation of the Autodesk Platform, Autodesk Platform Services (APS) provides a cross-industry set of APIs, shared capabilities, and services that connect workflows across our industry clouds, products, and other solutions. With APS, you can personalize your technology ecosystem to create custom end-to-end workflows.

Welcome to the new era of work

The shift to cloud-connected data and processes is empowering seamless collaboration. This new era of working is about data, not documents. Collaboration, not silos. And open and integrated systems.

The Autodesk Platform is leading this future with a cloud-first evolution in Design and Make software taking us closer to the cusp of a new era, one where technology connects your data and AI-powered insights and automations unleash your agility and creativity, no matter what industry you work in.

Real stories from Design and Make leaders

Jellyfish Pictures

With a VFX studio in the cloud, all the world’s a stage

Digital transformation empowers this acclaimed visual effects company with a global remote workforce to deliver increasingly efficient workflows. 

Project Phoenix

Modular housing shows a sustainable way forward

This housing development is taking a disused lot in West Oakland and bringing it back to life using sustainable, modular design.


Digitization sped processes for this automotive company

Rivan used technology to digitize their design studio, speeding up the process, reducing material costs, and contributing to sustainability efforts.

Actionable insights to drive your business forward

The 2024 State of Design & Make report uncovers key insights to help you make informed strategic decisions about how to prioritize and invest in the future.

Platform technology is transforming the Design and Make industries

The future of AEC is platform-powered

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has traditionally been siloed. Stakeholders across disciplines have their own versions of projects, which limits accurate coordination and creates a breeding ground for mistakes. But within the next 10 years cloud platforms, connected data, and AI will change everything.


Learn about the future of the industry and how Autodesk’s industry cloud for AEC, Forma, will enable people to develop more innovative, sustainable, and resilient buildings and infrastructure.

The 10-year horizon for design and manufacturing

The design and manufacturing industry has been at the mercy of fragile supply chains and an ongoing labor shortage. But cloud-based platforms, AI, and workflows that connect data from the design studio to the shop floor will make the industry more efficient and resilient.


Learn about the future of design and manufacturing, and how Autodesk’s industry cloud for manufacturing, Fusion, will enable designers and manufacturers to be more productive, creative, and innovative.

What's ahead for media and entertainment

As demand for new content explodes, the media and entertainment (M&E) industry can’t afford to keep working in inefficient ways. In the next 5 to 10 years, cloud-based platforms, connected workflows, and AI-augmented processes will break down silos so that data can flow freely from preproduction to postproduction.


Learn about the future of the industry and how Autodesk’s industry cloud for M&E, Flow, will enable creators to make more content while also focusing more time on creative exploration.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What does Design and Make refer to?

Design and Make refers to processes and industries that connect the digital to the physical. Architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, gaming, and filmmaking all involve processes that extend from design to the delivery of a physical result.

What is a Design and Make Platform?

Design and Make Platforms are integrated, cloud-connected software solutions that allow users to design, manufacture, and deliver anything from new buildings and infrastructure to products and media-and-entertainment productions. Design and Make Platforms unlock data and connect project workflows, allowing companies to deliver better, faster outcomes across the project lifecycle.

What is the Autodesk Platform?

Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform is cloud-connected software that unifies data and workflows, utilizing AI-powered insights and automations to deliver desired outcomes in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, and Entertainment industries. It includes Autodesk Platform Services and our three industry clouds, Forma, Fusion, and Flow.

What is the value of the Autodesk Platform?

Through the Autodesk Platform, we can help customers connect workflows and surface automation and insights across design and make industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment.


The Autodesk Platform unlocks the value of data and enables collaboration across the entire project lifecycle by:

  • Getting the right information to the right people at the right time.
  • Delivering actionable, data-based insights at the moment of decision making.
  • Leveraging AI-powered tools and workflows to streamline processes and eliminate tedious tasks and to open up new opportunities for innovation.

In the Autodesk Platform environment, it won’t matter if an architect is working in Revit or Forma, an engineer in Inventor or Fusion, or an artist in Maya or Flow. Their data will be connected in the industry cloud, with APIs and services helping to optimize and customize it.

How will the Autodesk Platform support changing business needs?

Businesses are experiencing an environment of increasingly distributed teams. Disconnected workflows and siloed data are common problems that cross industry lines. The Autodesk Platform will let you customize, extend, and connect Autodesk products with other solutions to create end-to-end workflows that meet your business objectives. These end-to-end workflows will connect project data and unlock the insights to ensure you and your stakeholders have the latest information in real time. By connecting the right people to the right data at the right time across entire project lifecycles, you’ll be able to accelerate collaboration and remove friction. And connected data opens future opportunities for automation and artificial intelligence, removing guesswork and manual work and leaving more time to focus on the outcomes that matter most to you. 

How will Autodesk’s cloud-based platform enable your digital transformation?

The Autodesk Platform will enable both digital and industry transformation by reimagining project workflows, simplifying how you access and use our tools, and connecting data across the entire lifecycle of a project to realize its full value. The platform will empower distributed teams to work fluidly across boundaries of projects. With products that are easy to use, learn, and deploy, you can harness project data to generate insights that flow through the entire project lifecycle. By removing barriers to collaboration and bringing data-backed insights to everyday decision making, The Autodesk Platform removes barriers to collaboration and provides data-backed insights, so you can spend less time coordinating processes or predicting outcomes and more time focusing on critical business decisions.

What are industry clouds?

Industry clouds will comprise products that connect processes and streamline workflows in that industry, offering capabilities that span the full lifecycle of a project.

  • Autodesk Forma: Our industry cloud for architecture, engineering, construction, and operations unifies building information modeling (BIM) workflows across the teams that design, build, and operate in the built environment, enabling data to flow seamlessly throughout project phases, stakeholders, and asset types.
  • Autodesk Fusion: Our industry cloud for manufacturing will connect your data and people, delivering next-generation workflows across the entire product development lifecycle, from top floor to shop floor, throughout your organization and ecosystem.
  • Autodesk Flow: Our industry cloud for media and entertainment will connect your workflows, data, and teams across the entire production lifecycle from earliest concept to final delivery.

What is Autodesk Platform Services?

Autodesk Platform Services (APS) , formerly Forge, is a set of evolving APIs and services to help you customize solutions, create innovative workflows, and integrate other tools and data with our platform. APS also offers an app marketplace of prebuilt solutions that help you quickly connect gaps and a central cloud-information model that streamlines how teams create and share project data.

What problems do Design and Make Platforms address?

Companies worldwide face a rapid evolution in business trends and practices, from the way people work to the way supply chains operate. Demographic pressures, shifting consumer priorities, and demand for sustainable solutions are creating challenges across every industry. Traditional siloed tools and ways of working no longer meet these needs. Therefore, industries are witnessing a shift toward cloud-connected and integrated software solutions and data-driven approaches to address today’s challenges.

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