Digital Manufacturing

Advanced digital manufacturing is a highly knowledge-intensive sector where advances in IT systems have a huge role to play in improving manufacturing processes and intelligence.

This includes capturing, sharing and managing big data; supporting collaboration; increasing efficiency; speeding up innovation; reducing time to market and enabling new business models and technologies.

Digital Manufacturing Technologies

Across the HVM Catapult, digital manufacturing expertise exists across a variety of areas such as;

  • High-Performance Computing
  • Factory Lifecycle management (where factories have complex design, commissioning, operation and decommissioning phases underpinned by complex disparate ICT systems)
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Digital design (CAD and CAM)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacture (CIM)
  • Management of big data and data sets
  • Development of expert knowledge-based systems
  • Visualisation and Virtual Reality


The HVM Catapult IT forum has the capability and capacity to respond to advanced manufacturing IT challenges from across the HVM Catapult.


If you’re looking to gain an understanding of what digital technologies can do for your innovation, we’re here to help.

For support implementing digital manufacturing technologies into your business, our Smart Factory Innovation Hubs allow you to test products and production processes in industry-like environments.