Maximize efficiency throughout your factory’s lifecycle

Realize more innovation, seamless stakeholder collaboration, and data-driven decision making across the entire factory value chain with Autodesk.

Digital factory: a connected vision for manufacturing

From AI to automation to data-driven insights, today’s manufacturing tools and processes are more powerful than ever. Shaped by digital transformation, organizations are embracing the digital factory to connect teams throughout every phase of the factory lifecycle. Instead of siloed workflows, you get efficient collaboration. Instead of data loss between departments, you unlock better, more powerful insights.

Unlock value throughout your factory’s lifecycle

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Flexibility from the start

With Autodesk digital factory solutions, you can translate factory design directly to manufacturing output. Increase manufacturing flexibility as you empower architects to co-create with production and manufacturing engineers, then help construction align with the evolving production line.

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Up and running, with speed and agility

Put your plans into practice faster and more efficiently with Autodesk digital factory solutions. Share the same building information modeling (BIM) data with your production engineers, architects, building engineers, and contractors to accelerate construction and shop floor design.

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Reduced costs throughout the lifecycle

The majority of a factory’s lifetime costs occur during operation, but often, crucial information is filed away in boxes. Autodesk digital factory solutions capture and connect your data in the cloud to document, track, and manage operations at every step.

Digital factory solutions to optimize factory design

Factory design

Drive increased efficiency, throughput, and quality during manufacturing process development with powerful 2D and 3D CAD workflows that help you keep plans on track while optimizing your factory design.


Machine design

Improve product development agility, increase innovation capacity, and expand product offerings with purpose-built tools and workflows that help you get your best ideas to market more efficiently.


BIM collaboration for manufacturers

Improve collaboration, reduce costly errors, and get your products specified in more projects through the same connected BIM ecosystem used by building and infrastructure customers.


Digital factory solutions to increase throughput

Factory simulation

Visualize your production processes and identify bottlenecks by modeling and simulating a variety of scenarios—and use the results to refine and optimize your factory design for increased manufacturing throughput.


Manufacturing production management

Unlock resource planning efficiency, improve manufacturing flexibility, and increase throughput with advanced digital planning tools designed for all levels of manufacturing and production.


Digital twin

Make better informed decisions, improve your customer service, and reduce downtime with continuous, real-time data and virtual representations of real-world assets to help predict and optimize performance.


Digital factory solutions to improve time to market

Product lifecycle management (PLM)

Improve collaboration, increase development agility, accelerate time to market, and deliver supply chain transparency—a single source of data, with multi-CAD integration, keeps everyone on the same page.


Equipment installation

Reduce defects and nonconformities, improve the handover experience, and increase machine efficiency with a robust installation process when commissioning new machines for your factory.


Common data environment (CDE)

Enhance efficiency, improve quality, and lower risk with one single source of truth that puts data at the center of the entire project team—from architects and contractors to engineers and facilities managers.


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Why digital factories are the future of manufacturing

Digital factories enable cross-functional coordination, create greater agility to adapt to the changing world, and give companies a competitive edge. Learn how leading organizations are going digital to inform smarter decision-making across the value chain.

How digital factory software drives efficiency

Realize a more digital future with Autodesk

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Propel creativity and innovation

Hear Autodesk leaders predict how a thriving future will be powered by cloud-based platforms, AI, and highly connected workflows.


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Augment. Automate. Analyze.

Learn how Autodesk AI helps you increase productivity and push the boundaries of what’s possible in design and manufacturing.



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Enter a new era of connectivity

See how Autodesk's Fusion Industry Cloud accelerates digital transformation, centralizing project data for enhanced collaboration, efficiency, and innovation.


Get more from your factory with Autodesk

Talk to Sales today to learn how integrated digital factory technologies from Autodesk provide you with the critical information needed to better design, build, and operate your facilities.

Frequently asked questions about digital factories (FAQs)

What is a digital factory?

A digital factory is a shared digital model that gives you insights into how to design, build, and operate your facility, reconfigure it for product and process changes, and maximize overall efficiency and productivity.

What are the benefits of a digital factory?

A digital factory provides each stakeholder involved with the critical information they need to better design, build, and operate their facilities.

  • Make record project timelines: Face changing markets without slowing down. Get your factory running quickly, reconfigure it even faster, and repeat. 
  • Raise the bar for collaboration: Unlock new levels of efficiency, adaptability, and innovation with workflows connected across disciplines. 
  • Eliminate costly errors: See building systems together with industrial equipment before installation begins to catch problems before they create waste and rework. 

What technologies are typically included in a digital factory solution?

Integrated digital factory technologies—like layout and design toolsets, simulation, data and process management, and digital twins provide organizations with the critical information they need to better design, build, and operate their facilities. Autodesk provides a comprehensive, robust, and integrated foundation of digital factory software including:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing Collection A powerful set of applications with extended capabilities for Inventor and AutoCAD, built for engineers who design complex products, equipment, and systems, which includes: 
    • Factory Design Utilities Integrated tools to plan, design, and build an efficient factory layout 
    • AutoCAD Specialized 2D software for rapid conceptualization and design that includes optimization for transportation and power consumption on your factory floor
    • Inventor Open your 2D layout associatively in a 3D space for improved collaboration.  Continue your design process in 3D and quickly generate your bill of equipment 
    • Navisworks Aggregate the building, factory layout, and facility infrastructure into a single data model for clash detection and installation planning
    • Vault Product data management software to manage design files
    • Recap Reality capture and 3D scanning software and services
  • Fusion Operations Production management and production floor tracking software
  • FlexSim Simulation software to model and improve existing and proposed systems
  • BIM Collaborate Pro Organize project data and collaborate with teams all in one place
  • Revit Complete 3D modeling software for architects, engineers, and construction professionals to design buildings and infrastructure
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud Deliver your projects on time and on budget in a secure and collaborative environment

What is integrated factory modeling?

Integrated factory modeling (IFM) connects, organizes, and optimizes all phases of factory projects. IFM enables the convergence of information about the facility, such as Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) and all the machines in production lines. Through centralized management, data silos are removed, giving every team real-time data access for simplified collaboration and faster, data-driven decision-making. To learn more about how your organization can benefit from integrated factory modeling, contact your account team.

How can a digital factory solution help in improving production efficiency?

A digital factory solution can automate manual tasks, optimize production schedules, monitor equipment performance in real-time, enable predictive maintenance, and provide actionable insights for continuous process improvement.

Is a digital factory solution suitable for all types of manufacturing industries?

Yes, a digital factory solution can be customized to meet the specific needs of various manufacturing industries, including automotive, electronics, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and more.

What is the future of digital factory software?

Digital factory software streamlines 2D and 3D workflows between multi-disciplinary project teams. For example, instead of designing a factory in AutoCAD and Inventor separately, you can simultaneously create a 2D and 3D model with appropriate level of detail with the Autodesk Factory Design Utilities. More advanced applications of digital factory software take advantage of interoperability between equipment models, factory layouts, reality capture data, and building models. All the data and processes are integrated in one digital factory model. At its most mature state, a model like this can be used as a digital twin for the production facility.

What is a smart factory?

Similar to a digital factory, a smart factory relies on integration of equipment. However, a digital factory primarily refers to integration of all data and processes involved in a factory's lifecycle in one digital model, whereas a smart factory primarily refers to connections between equipment and computing systems, enhanced by automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

What is a digital factory used for?

Digital factories are useful for accelerating the factory design process, catching errors like collisions between equipment and building features, improving collaboration across multidisciplinary project contributors, and creating digital twins to support factory operation.

How are factories of the future changing?

The automotive industry is leading the way for digitalization of the factory, but there are many examples in other industries as well. Factory owners, equipment manufacturers, full solution providers, and even AECO firms are adopting digital factory solutions to drive business outcomes.

What is an example of a digital factory?

The automotive industry is leading the way for digitalization of the factory, but there are many examples in other industries as well. Factory owners, equipment manufacturers, full solution providers, and even AECO firms are adopting digital factory software to drive business outcomes. Autodesk customers who have embraced the digital factory include:

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