Company Story

Look around you. From buildings and bridges to machines and movies, there is little in the designed world that Autodesk software has not touched. Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, with tools affecting the lives of millions around the world every day.

Customers across a wide array of markets use Autodesk® software to bring their ideas to life, from the 8-foot Navi of James Cameron’s Avatar to the planet’s greenest skyscraper in Shanghai to the world’s first hydrogen-equipped commercial sea-going vessel.

Autodesk At-a-Glance

What We Do

In 1982, Autodesk changed the world of engineering design with the introduction of AutoCAD software, a PC-based computer-aided design (CAD) tool that automated the tedious task of 2D drafting. And while our core design and engineering software remains at the heart of what we do, our product line and industry focus have evolved to include the worlds of architecture, manufacturing, transportation, utilities and telecommunications, video games, television, and film.

That evolution has focused on developing software that enables the creation of 3D digital models. By working with these models, designers can digitally capture and shape exactly how a project will look in the real world, whether that project ends up on the street or a showroom floor. This helps architects, designers, engineers, and manufacturers visualize their projects with photorealistic quality, enabling crucial decisions to be made early in the design process, saving hours of redesign, and improving project planning. Such striking visualizations also allow our customers to more easily communicate their design intent and win more jobs. Marketers can also use those visualizations to create compelling sales materials for prospective customers.

But the visualization of a project is only the beginning. A digital model can also simulate how a project will behave and perform in the real world. In the past, design problems were discovered only after the work was completed, resulting in costly redesign. The ability to see what the project will actually do before it is created helps customers identify and correct potential defects early in the design process, making extensive redesign a thing of the past.

For example, a designer can simulate afternoon light using a 3D model of an office building and decide long before construction exactly how many windows the building will need to more efficiently use natural light to reach target goals for energy consumption. Similarly, manufacturers can use 3D models to measure the strength of their products and how they will respond to the rigors of everyday use by “breaking” and “rebuilding” them virtually until the design is perfect. Or, in the case of filmmakers, entire worlds can be created without the use of a physical set.

What all this does for customers is help reduce material waste, design time, resource allocation, and cost. Efficiency and productivity rise, while project cycles and time to market shrink. Ultimately, our customers can better innovate and gain competitive advantage—in short, they can accelerate better design.

Where We’re Going

Spending nearly a half-billion dollars annually on research and development, Autodesk remains focused on technological innovation and is committed to supporting the next generation of design professionals.

Partnering with secondary, collegiate, career and technical educators, Autodesk is helping prepare more than 1.2 million of tomorrow’s architects, designers, engineers, and digital artists with the software used by design professionals, and helping to supply a trained and ever-growing workforce to firms around the world.

As our world moves relentlessly forward and design continues to play a pivotal role in how we live, work, and play, Autodesk software will enable those who face the coming challenges to do so with the most powerful and innovative tools that today’s technology can generate.

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