Autodesk expands Fusion capabilities using AI

Autodesk is today expanding its Fusion capabilities, using AI to unlock capabilities in automation across design and make.

Manufacturers have been forced to realign and reimagine their supply chains in real time. Coupled with increasing consumer demands, a growing skills gap, and the unprecedented pace of technology change, these challenges leave manufacturers feeling uncertain about the future.  

And yet, despite these challenges – or perhaps because of them – manufacturing continues to grow globally. Out of constraints comes innovation.  

The cloud, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) offer the opportunity for companies to not just manage but thrive amidst this uncertainty.  

Autodesk Fusion launched 10 years ago with a vision of unifying the siloed product design and manufacturing process, and they continue to invest in delivering that vision. The firm has unified design, simulation, electronics, manufacturing, and factory operations into one fluid environment for every size of business.

Last year, Autodesk introduced their Fusion industry cloud for manufacturing. Anchored on the Design and Make Platform, this end-to-end, connected solution will unify people, data, technologies, and workflows from product design to manufacturing, all the way through to shop floor operations.  

Fusion industry cloud: a powerful solution to streamline entire design and make workflows 

Fusion transforms the way organizations design and make by removing barriers caused by disconnected tools that inhibit the flow of information across teams. The first of its kind – integrating CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB design capabilities, and connecting PLM, PDM, and MES solutions – Fusion streamlines processes across the entire product development and manufacturing lifecycle.  

Whereas manufacturers traditionally relied on multiple tools throughout different phases of product development, necessitating multiple handoffs from one team to another, Fusion brings it all together. Changes made in one workflow are instantly reflected everywhere. No one works with outdated models.

The Autodesk Data Model, which is the heart of Fusion, makes this possible. Leveraging their cloud-based data model, customers can automate and streamline their workflows. Autodesk AI uses the same cloud data to eliminate repetitive tasks and free people up for higher-value, creative work.  

Today, data flows between Revit and Inventor, Inventor and Fusion, and Inventor and AutoCAD. The Autodesk Data Model APIs mean partners and third-party developers can also build for Fusion.