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Innovative 3D product design software

Product Design Suite is a comprehensive 3D product design solution, including simulation, visualization, and collaboration tools. The suite includes AutoCAD, Inventor, and Fusion 360.

Watch overview video (3:04 min.)

See what you can do

Engineering design

Reuse your engineering data

  • Associatively use 2D AutoCAD drawings as a base for Inventor layouts.
  • Use standard component libraries to quickly populate assemblies.
  • Use non-native data from virtually any system with AnyCAD technology.

Quickly and easily make product design changes

  • Capture design intent with parametric tools.
  • Use direct editing and surface modeling.
  • Update designs to reflect changes automatically.

Integrate electrical and mechanical design

  • Associatively connect your 3D design with AutoCAD Electrical.
  • Automate cable harness and printed circuit board (PCB) designs in the 3D environment.
  • Create 3D pipe and tube runs with intuitive controls.

(Video: 1:30 min.)

Conceptual design

Easily and quickly model freeform shapes

  • Start with a basic shape such as a box, cylinder, sphere, or plane.
  • Move points, edges, and faces around to freely sculpt shapes.
  • Combine freeform, direct, and parametric modeling techniques.

Precisely manipulate geometry

  • Add or remove points and edges.
  • Match edges to existing curves or geometry.
  • Bridge faces together, and more.


Sales engineering

Explore your ideas in real time

  • Show photorealistic visualizations.
  • Exercise mechanism functionality in the sketch phase.
  • Perform range-of-motion studies, using sketch geometry.

Create cinema-quality renderings

  • Presentations have life-like rendering.
  • Indirect and time-of-day lighting effects add realistic touches.
  • Automatic mechanism animations create movement and dynamism.

Collaborate using your engineering data

  • Conduct product design reviews remotely.
  • Aggregate models from a range of 3D design file formats.
  • Import and export data with widely used file formats.

Design analysis

Reduce physical prototypes to save money

  • Evaluate mechanisms throughout range of motion.
  • Optimize designs for a range of input conditions.
  • Reduce over engineering of products.

Make sustainable and economical products

  • Explore alternative manufacturing processes to lower costs.
  • Optimize material selection for impact and cost.
  • Identify usage of hazardous materials.

(Video: 0:34 sec.)

See what your company can do

Get to market faster

  • Reduce rework.
  • Reuse design data.
  • Improve collaboration.

Increase customer satisfaction

  • Improve new and existing product design quality.
  • Develop new and innovative designs.
  • Optimize product performance for the intended environment.

Reduce manufacturing costs

  • Create accurate design documentations.
  • Evaluate the manufacturability of products.
  • Reduce costs during product design.

Collaborate more effectively

  • Share 1 interoperable tool across disciplines.
  • Use combined expertise to create more competitive products.
Innovative product design tools

See how the Product Design Suite can help you make great products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster. Product Design Suite is a comprehensive 2D and 3D product design solution.
Engineering design productivity

Design, test, and fabricate in a single tool

Develope products with cloud-based Fusion 360.

(Video: 1:03 min.)

Integrated electrical and mechanical design

Incorporate electrical components.

(Video: 2:30 min.)

Sheet metal design

Create complex sheet metal parts.

(Video: 2:02 min.)

Plastic part design

Combine Alias and Inventor tools.

(Video: 1:40 min.)

Rules-based design and automation

Simplify component reuse and focus on design intent.

(Video: 2:30 min.)

Tube and pipe runs

Streamline routed element design.

(Video: 2:02 min.)

Mold design

Automate injection mold design.

(Video: 1:36 min.)

Freeform modeling shape creation

Model organic shapes and parametric workflows.

(Video: 3:30 min.)

Customizable Inventor Home dashboard

Quickly access common tasks from the dashboard.

(Video: 1:35 min.)

Documentation & data sharing

Engineering drafting and documentation tools

Automate design documentation.

(Video: 2:51 min.)

Native support for DWG files

Rely on CAD file compatibility.

(Video: 1:36 min.)

Building information modeling interoperability

Simplify models with BIM compatibility.

(Video: 2:34 min.)

Work with non-native data

Collaborate with AnyCAD file interoperability.

(Video: 2:06 min.)

In-product data management

Manage, edit, and share components.

(Video: 2:33 min.)

Product simulation & design validation

Dynamic simulation

Predict product performance.

(Video: 3:05 min.)

Stress analysis

Use tools--not intuition--to predict performance.

(Video: 2:49 min.)

Visualization & conceptual design

Mechanical concept and layout design

Take advantage of AutoCAD sketching and layout tools.

(Video: 1:55 min.)

3D modeling, animation, and rendering software

Use 3ds Max software for visualization.

Visualization and rendering

Give customers and stakeholders clear visuals.

(Video: 2:14 min.)

System requirements for Autodesk Product Design Suite 2017
Operating System ¹
  • 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
CPU Type Recommended
Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater

64-bit Intel® or AMD, 2 GHz or faster
Memory Recommended
20 GB RAM ¹ or more
250 GB free disk space or more

8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies ¹
100 GB free disk space
Graphics Hardware Recommended
Microsoft® Direct3D 11® capable graphics card or higher ²

Microsoft® Direct3D 10® capable graphics card or higher ²

OpenGL 3.0 or higher is required for Autodesk® ReCap®
Display Resolution 1280 x 1024 or higher.
Recommended scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%.
Third-Party Software Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread related commands, clearance/threaded hole creation, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs, Studio animation of Positional Representations and Factory related commands. Excel Starter®, Online Office 365® and OpenOffice® are not supported.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 or later
Media USB 3.0
Network Internet connection

  1. Autodesk recommends settings which allow Microsoft Windows to manage virtual memory as needed. There should always be at least twice as much free hard disk space as system memory (RAM).
  2. Please refer to the Autodesk Certified Hardware.