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Autodesk makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries.

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About Autodesk’s Involvement

Autodesk opened its Generative Design Field Lab on MxD’s factory floor in 2019.


In the Field Lab, Autodesk showcases the exploration of design using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Computing culminating with the making of the design using advanced manufacturing techniques.

View from inside the MxD factory

Factory Floor

MxD’s 22,000-square-foot research factory is used to test and demonstrate new technology; train the workforce on these new systems and tools; and demonstrate the need for cybersecurity in manufacturing.

The Autodesk station demonstrates generative design, which turns the design process on its head. Using artificial intelligence, Autodesk software recommends hundreds of designs from which the engineer can choose to make a prototype.

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Sean Manzanares
Sean Manzanares

Senior Manager of Business Strategy and Marketing, North America and Asia Pacific, Autodesk, Inc.

“MxD as an industry hub in the Midwest was an ideal place to open the Autodesk Generative Design Field Lab. In Chicago we feel we are a part of the local community, and we have a place where MxD partners, customers, and companies can experience the Autodesk technology.” 

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