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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 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, 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


    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 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


    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.

Do your actions match your ambitions for success?

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In the news: smart manufacturing

What’s happening with industry technology and trends? Read about smart manufacturing.

  • Smart Manufacturing: The Future of Making Is Digital

    Smart manufacturing includes Industry 4.0 digital technologies, but it also digitizes the business outside of the factory floor. Learn what it is, where it’s going, and what it means for business.

  • What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? The 5 Top Trends to Watch

    From disruption-ready supply chains to personalized products and intelligent automation, here are the manufacturing trends that will define 2021 and beyond.

  • 5 Ways Rapid Cloud Adoption Is Benefitting Business Outcomes

    The post–COVID-19 rush to digitalization encouraged new ways of working, from cloud adoption and enhanced automation to innovation through extended reality.

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.


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


    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


    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.


    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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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

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