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Smart Manufacturing Technology & Software

Expand your business capabilities with Smart Manufacturing. Discover how Autodesk manufacturing solutions can help drive your business forward, allowing you to make more products with better performance and less waste. Make sure you play the video to see how your business can innovate through Smart Manufacturing.

Keeping up with Smart Manufacturing advancements

What is Smart Manufacturing?


Smart Manufacturing is not a buzzword. Your competitors are taking advantage of it today. Integrating new Smart Manufacturing technologies can optimize your design-to-manufacturing process and help you create highly differentiated, cost-effective and competitive products that meet today’s market needs.


Why does Smart Manufacturing matter?


Your current manufacturing processes may not be allowing you to take advantage of Smart Manufacturing technologies.  With the shortage of skilled engineers today and constant pressures to adapt to industry changes, Smart Manufacturing can help you deliver the right products, at the right time, for the right cost – ensuring you maintain your competitive edge.


How can Autodesk help you with Smart Manufacturing?


Autodesk provides Smart Manufacturing software for machining, molding, and 3D printing to help maximize your operational efficiency and improve product performance. In addition, simulation technology allows your manufacturing process to be validated virtually before you commit to real-world production.

Top 6 smart manufacturing technologies you can use today

Let's explore how you can get to market faster with minimal risk.

Man working with integrated CAD/CAM software, Fusion 360 from Autodesk

Manufacturing-led design

Manufacturing-led design enables the manufacturing process to influence design decisions early and prevent designs from being sent to manufacturing.

The image shows a man working on a 3D printed metal part  at Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco

3D printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing is turning traditional manufacturing economics upside down and has moved beyond prototyping.

The Autodesk Technology Center in Birmingham UK specializes in demonstrating additive, subtractive, and fabrication manufacturing processes

CNC machining and probing

Advanced CNC machining can transform your production capabilities. Combine multi-axis machining with on-machine verification to reduce setup times, minimize re-work, and produce precision parts.

Port of Rotterdam's RAMLAB reveals hybrid manufactured ship propeller

Hybrid manufacturing

Hybrid applications combine metal additive manufacturing with conventional subtractive technology on the same machine to produce parts quickly with less material waste.

Autodesk Moldflow software interface showing plastic injection and compression mold simulation


Predict, validate, and optimize your products using accurate analysis for mechanical simulation, computational fluid dynamics, plastic injection molding, and manufacturing.

The Autodesk Technology Center in Boston is an innovation space for digital fabrication in the building industry

Robot Automation

Broaden the use of industrial robots beyond pick and place operations and assembly lines. Access offline programming tools to automate large scale 3D printing and subtractive processes.

Hear from companies like yours

  • This image shows the Paragon D&E manufacturing team.


    This large mold and die shop invested in Autodesk smart manufacturing software to replace 5 different CAM systems, to allow part quality, and reduce turnaround times by 50%. In this video, Paragon's CEO, David Miur, discusses the company's future to make anything better and bigger. 


  • General Motors uses generative design and additive manufacturing to design a functional, lightweight seat bracket.

    General Motors

    General Motors disrupts the automotive industry using generative design and additive manufacturing to design a functional, lightweight seat bracket. If additive manufacturing was a door to the automotive future, generative design would be the key to unlock it.

  • The future of industrial polishing. Courtesy SYMPLEXITY.


    In nearly every sector of industrial manufacturing, polishing techniques are used. But often manual polishing is the only option because the tasks are too complex to be automated. SYMPLEXITY is a 4-year project aimed at improving how humans and robots collaborate, specifically in the area of industrial polishing.

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We have a range of smart manufacturing solutions and tools that have helped clients speed up their manufacturing process to successfully enable greater innovation. We'd love to help you grow your business even further.

Call us on 1-855-612-9998 (toll-free in US), or send us a message. 

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Smart Manufacturing Software

Digital strategy and agile product development infographic from Autodesk Manufacturing

Leading the way to smart manufacturing

Autodesk is driving the development of future design and smart manufacturing technology to help you accelerate product development and deliver superior customer experiences.

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Smart Manufacturing Technology Trends

o	This image shows robotic arms being used in a car manufacturing plant.

The Industry 4.0 Reference Factory Is the Future

Learn how new digital technologies are changing manufacturing, and what these new technologies can do for smaller companies.

Image showing man using technology to check the manufacturing process of a car

Smart manufacturing IoT

In manufacturing, IoT enables businesses to improve both the top and bottom lines. Smart Manufacturing leaders need to understand the opportunities and challenges presented with IoT.

This is an example of a mold for the bumper of a car.

Smart Manufacturing Automotive

Learn how manufacturers can utilize advanced techniques to overcome the industry's toughest challenges. 

FAQs on smart manufacturing

Find answers to frequently asked questions about smart manufacturing.

  • What are smart factories?

    Smart Factories are highly digitized shop floors that utilize data from product design, control, fabrication, services, maintenance, and the work organization to continuously collect and share information through connected machines, devices, and production systems. AI/machine learning goes hand-in-hand with smart factories data analysis, as it can process data and recognize patterns in the data much faster than people.

  • What is connected manufacturing?

    Connected manufacturing is characterized by interconnected robots and machines that can self-diagnose and warn of possible failures in the shop floor. The proliferating IoT brings more powerful devices and machines with smart sensors that upload continuous streams of usage data to the cloud for analysis. A connected design and manufacturing process links formerly disparate operations to reveal hidden value.

  • How can smart manufacturing automation help improve productivity?

    Smart manufacturing helps manufacturers become more efficient, stay ahead of the competitive curve, and explore new business models and practices. Smart manufacturing also helps a business become much more efficient with its resources by enhancing worker safety and to facilitate worker training. As more and more data points get captured with smart manufacturing automation, manufacturers get more insights into what’s happening in the shop floor that gives them a better chance to uncover bottlenecks thus increasing productivity.

  • What are the biggest benefits from smart manufacturing software?
    • Automation and data connectivity create more agile supply chains.
    • Smart manufacturing solutions will be the main driver of competitiveness for manufacturers in the coming years.
    • The efficiencies of fusing the physical with the digital in manufacturing—from disruption-ready supply chains to digital upskilling and intelligent automation—are now vital for fulfilling sustainability goals.
  • How does smart manufacturing relate to “advanced manufacturing” and “manufacturing 4.0”?

    Smart manufacturing is often being referred to as advanced manufacturing and manufacturing 4.0.

Next steps


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