Design and Engineering

Empowering innovators with the technology to lift ideas and turn imagination into reality


Dream the impossible with Hexagon. We empower the innovators of the world to redefine what’s real by giving you the technology to create better products in new innovative ways.

We passionately believe that if it can be imagined, it can be made, so we develop our solutions to remove all barriers to possibility. By harnessing the power of data and technology our tools unlock new avenues for exploration and provide extra lift to the creative process.

It all starts with an idea, and in the world of manufacturing, an idea is a design. Putting that first concept sketch down on paper, iterating, perfecting the look and functionality – this is where the blue-sky thinking happens. But product designers and engineers are responsible for a huge number of variables that have major consequences in downstream manufacturing processes. That design might look amazing, but how much will it cost to make? What material is best to make it out of? Can it even be made successfully to the required standards?

Hexagon software sits at the leading edge of production innovation making it possible to produce things that were previously unthinkable by entirely rethinking both products and production through design, materials, manufacturing and process innovation. Before leaving the virtual world, designs are optimised for user experience, operating efficiency, longevity, manufacturability, cost-efficiency and manufacturing process productivity.

This changes the entire game for designers and engineers, leaving you free to entirely rethink or reinvent products, liberated from pre-conceived norms. Our simulation software lets users quickly explore many different scenarios to find the best design, without making expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes.

Hexagon’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) software range encompasses simulation for materials, products and process performance. With solutions for finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multi-body dynamics (MBD), as well as cost estimation, design optimisation and generative design, we help designers, engineers and analysts to collaborate with colleagues throughout the manufacturing process to make improvements. Our technologies are trusted by users around the world as they design, optimise and validate the products people use every day.

Hexagon’s design and engineering technology helps accelerate innovation and empowers makers to bring quality products to market faster and more affordably.

With people and planet and planet so out of balance, we urgently need to rethink the things we make and how we make them. Our demand for newer, better products will never cease, so it is through innovation, invention, ideas and the powerful partnership of people and technology that we will solve the climate crisis.

Our world is shaped by making. Making starts with design. So let’s think big. Let’s redefine your industry, let’s revolutionise making, let’s realign the made and natural worlds – for people and planet.

Design Quality

Learn how additive manufacturing process simulation helped researchers at the LightHinge+ project design an innovative lightweight car body hinge.


Ensure that design intent is maintained through the production cycle to improve productivity and continuously deliver high-quality components.


Capture real-world quality data for measurement, positioning and inspection, and use actionable information gained by analysing the results to improve manufacturing processes.

Computer Aided Engineering Software (CAE Software)

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) software solutions enable designers, engineers and analysts to simulate product and process performance in finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multi-body dynamics (MBD), as well as providing cost estimation and design optimisation tools.

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