Digital Design and Manufacturing


Next-Generation Design For Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Technology

Computer science has the potential to vastly improve how manufacturing and product design technologies work. Through innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI), integrated planning and control, and additive manufacturing, organizations can create a greater variety of products and dramatically reduce the time required to design complex engineered systems. In doing so, they can bring about a new age of customization and personalization.

PARC scientists are working at the cutting edge of Digital Design and Manufacturing. We are creating a new science of computational design by inventing new representations and algorithms to design, analyze and plan the manufacture of highly complex structures that can be fabricated with state-of-the-art technology. Our interdisciplinary work unifies principles of computational physics, geometric reasoning, automated spatial planning, and field modeling to help engineers create entirely new kinds of products – the likes of which many have not yet imagined.

With our rich history in developing technologies for intelligent systems, and our current work on projects that are creating next-generation computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, PARC is uniquely qualified to spearhead a broad, unified future for Digital Design and Manufacturing. This will be realized in hardware, software, process technologies, and public-private partnerships driven by an Open Innovation model. With these advances, AI will become a sophisticated partner to human designers across engineering activities in product lifecycle management.

You can find out more about our work in Intelligent Automation by downloading our Information Sheet.

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“We are at the edge of a revolution in digital design and manufacturing technologies. PARC’s leading work in this space sheds a light on the future of design and manufacturing technologies with new representations, algorithms and software tools that seamlessly bridge CAD, CAM and CAE with full support to new and upcoming materials, manufacturing technologies and design analysis tools.”

Ersin Uzun, Vice President and Director, System Sciences Lab, PARC

Additional information

Focus Areas

Our work is centered around a series of Focus Areas that we believe are the future of science and technology.

Licensing & Commercialization Opportunities

We’re continually developing new technologies, many of which are available for Commercialization.


PARC scientists and staffers are active members and contributors to the science and technology communities.