Product design software

Streamline your entire product design process - from visualization and creation through analysis and production - with the product design software in Autodesk’s Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.

What is product design?

Product design is the process of creating new products or developing design innovations for enhanced product performance. The design process includes conceptualization, simulation, optimization, and design finalization prior to manufacturing. Product design software such as AutoCAD and Fusion 360 give you powerful tools to do all this.

Product design tools to accelerate your design-to-make process

Autodesk’s software for product design leverages the power of the cloud and machine learning to accelerate the design-to-make process. Our product design software uses generative design to help designers explore manufacturing-ready outcomes earlier in the creative process to speed up product design.

Improve your product design workflow

Learn how Autodesk’s Product Design and development software supports all aspects of your work, from 2D and 3D product design to automated and connected workflows and tools.

Innovative software for product designers

Innovation in product design is more than creative concepting. True innovation includes an agile approach to design and collaboration that ensures optimal product performance and user experience. The Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection features product design software to inspire innovation and bring ideas to life.

Product design tools to keep you competitive

Autodesk’s 2D and 3D product design software gives you the tools you need to create and innovate throughout the design process.

Seamlessly explore design alternatives

Generative design capabilities allow you to create multiple production-ready design options and review tradeoffs in materials, performance, cost, and manufacturing processes.


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Improve product design quality

Use advanced simulation to gain a complete understanding of your product performance (beyond stress and deflection results).


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Save time

Use Autodesk’s product designer software to easily set up a product configurator to automate design modifications based on customer specs.You can automate routine tasks involved with simulation setup, and even evaluate the manufacturing process before you build.


Manage intellectual property

Store and protect your intellectual property data in a single location and securely share it to simplify and speed up review cycles.


Your industry and product design

Automotive manufacturing

Save money and time during automotive product development with Autodesk’s product design software. Visualization and simulation tools reduce the need for physical models. Predict product behavior early, to produce a higher-quality product for automotive suppliers. Increase flexibility for production equipment design and factory planning.


Building products, equipment & fabrication

Improve bidding profitability, reduce costly errors, and promote better collaboration by demonstrating how your validated building product design will work in your client’s architectural context. Use our product design CAD software to deliver BIM-ready content and compelling 3D sales presentations.


Industrial equipment

Highly regarded industrial equipment companies design, simulate, visualize, and manage their products digitally to help establish competitive advantage. Autodesk’s 3D and 2D product design solutions help at every stage of the process by streamlining workflows and collaboration between multidisciplinary teams.


Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

A complete, integrated product design toolset allows you to collaborate efficiently, explore design options effortlessly, and automate tasks for improved productivity throughout the entire product design and development workflow.

Manufacturing trends

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Kalitta Motorsports saves manufacturing time and improves safety with the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.


Moose Toys put the ‘magic’ in Magic Mixies

Moose Toys uses Autodesk Fusion 360 to prototype, design, and make the highly successful Magic Mixies toy line.


Generative design, key tool for the lightweight solution in the automotive industry

Igestek, has developed in their generative design lab a suspension shock absorber top mount for premium vehicles that is 40% lighter than current ones.


Why use 3D software for product design?

Being able to visualise your product clearly in three dimensions means you can perfect and optimise it before committing any resources. 3D product design software like Autocad and Inventor allow you to draft your designs directly in 3D throughout your design workflow.

You can use 3D CAD design software to experiment, build prototypes, refine existing designs and more, using a collection of points in three dimensions. With Inventor, you can even embed manufacturing information directly into your 3D product design models.

Cloud based product design software

When you’re working as part of a large team or if your constantly on the move, it can be hard to get access to the product design software and models you need, when you need them. Fortunately Fusion 360 allows you to take your work with you, and access it anywhere in the world, from whatever device you have to hand. It’s an all-in one cloud-based product design software, featuring comprehensive CAD, CAM, CAE and PCB design capabilities. You can even use it to collaborate with large teams globally and in real-time.

CAD for product design

Computer aided design (CAD) software allows you to create realistic models and drawings of your products, long before the first prototype is made. Autodesk offers both 2D and 3D CAD product design software, including AutoCAD, Inventor and Fusion 360. You can use these not only to create detailed plans of your designs, but also to run detailed simulations, generative studies and plan manufacturing. With Inventor, you’ll even find integrated tools for tube and piping, frame design, machine design, sheet metal and much more.

Presentation-ready product design models

Product design is collaborative and there of course comes a time when you need to show others what you've come up with. You may even need to convince them to give approval or funds. Fortunately you can use Autodesk's product designer software to make your presentations pop. As well as creating countless images of your products from multiple angles, you can use Inventor to create detailed animations that highlight your idea's brilliance.

Product design software you can rely on

Professional-grade product design and engineering tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation.

Software for 2D and 3D CAD. Subscription includes AutoCAD, specialized toolsets, and apps.

Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software for product design

Product design software resources

Learn how other product designers use our software to design products and to drive efficiency into workflows across the design spectrum.


Get important insight into the user-centered design process and a hands-on tutorial on using Fusion 360 in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.


Learn how to use computer aided product design software such as Fusion 360 to build parametric-based parts and assemblies with a hands-on tutorial.


Product design frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What analysis tools are available in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection?

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection includes Inventor and Fusion 360. They feature analysis tools for advanced simulation, tolerance analysis, factory design, automated nesting and form validation, fit, and function.

How will Autodesk’s product design software help me save time?

Our Product Design & Manufacturing collection was created to streamline project workflow. It helps you automate tasks and streamlines data exchange to reduce design time and speed up time to market.

How can Autodesk’s 2D and 3D product design software integrate with supply chain processes & software?

Our Product Design & Manufacturing Collection was built to integrate with Inventor, SOLIDWORKS , and CATIA, and enhance collaboration with supply chain processes and software. The collection includes Fusion Lifecycle, which accelerates product design and development processes across all departments and locations by automating workflows and key tasks to deliver timely information. It also includes Vault, Autodesk’s product data management software that helps control product development processes.

Is there any third-party support included in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection?

The collection includes software that allows you to integrate CAD, CAM, and CAE apps and services. The collection also allows you to easily exchange data with common file formats or native import and export.

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