9 Software Tools for Your Digital Factory

29 June 2022AutoCAD, autodesk, BIM 360, Digital Transformation, Industrial and Plant, Inventor, Manufacturing, MEP, Navisworks, Revit, Vaultdigital factory, Digital manufacturing



When it comes to commissioning a factory, the details are critical. If done poorly, they could lead to setbacks; if done well they can lead to success. If you’re not making use of the right technology, you may not have the ability to see the overall picture of your factory project from design to operation.

It  is vital to use tools that give you the best chance at efficiency – the ones that will get you from planning to production smoothly. Autodesk has nine products that will help, and they can be integrated to make sure you catch all the details that are important to your factory.


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list of Autodesk software products for digital factory manufacturing
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With AutoCAD, you can create facility designs and production layouts. AutoCAD contains the Digital Factory specialized toolset, which integrates building designs and production line designs into a single digital model.

  1. BIM 360

Use BIM 360 to help your team make informed decisions. Based in the cloud, BIM 360 enables project teams from design through construction to connect and collaborate in real-time.


These factory-specific tools will help you develop your digital factory model and content. They enable you to create and edit factory layouts in 2D or 3D and enhance the work you do with AutoCAD, Inventor and Navisworks.

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What was once Autodesk PLM 360 is now called Fusion Lifecycle. It connects processes, data and people to provide lifecycle management. Cloud-based, it helps you manage business processes for equipment maintenance, quality and changes across departments and remote offices.


Using Inventor, you can automatically generate 3D models of 2D production line layouts. You can then check for collisions as you do equipment layouts and choose the best placement.


Navisworks helps validate factory layouts. It allows you to combine your 3D CAD, BIM and point cloud data. You can then do more informed project reviews, scheduling and installation sequencing.


Using ReCap, you can import laser scans to create 3D models. The resulting output can be a mesh or point cloud that can be used in CAD and BIM-authoring tools. ReCap can help you visualize, verify and get insights into as-built conditions.

  1. REVIT

With Revit you can create intelligent 3D BIM (building information modeling) models of your factory. All stakeholders can contribute content to BIM models. These models are a shared knowledge resource for information about your facility. There are special Revit tools for use with architecture, structural design and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing).

  1. VAULT

With Vault you can manage your data in a secure central location. Vault enables collaboration across your teams. It also provides the ability to track project data, assets, properties, and revision history.

These nine Autodesk tools will give you the best chance of efficiency when commissioning your factory. You can go from planning to production smoothly and track all the details that are important to your success.



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