Manufacturing Process Models

Optimize Your Manufacturing Processes for Cost, CO2e, and DFM

aPriori’s Manufacturing Process Models (MPMs) simulate production methods and routings with an unmatched level of precision and speed. aPriori enables companies to simulate 440+ manufacturing processes – including additive manufacturing, assembly, casting & forging, composites, electronics, heat & surface treatment, machining, metal fabrication, and plastics. Using 3D CAD models, aPriori’s simulation engine breaks down the 3D CAD design into geometric cost drivers to allow for detailed, accurate, and fast analysis of part cost, carbon, and optimal manufacturing routing.

MPMs are a central part of aPriori’s Manufacturing Insights Platform, which empowers companies to optimize products for cost, sustainability, and manufacturability. Using aPriori’s automated insights, manufacturers have the visibility to optimize each step of the product process to capture additional savings, reduce carbon emissions, and address supply chain risks proactively.

Manufacturing Process Model Benefits

Use hundreds of out-of-the box models to simulate complex manufacturing processes to calculate associated costs, and identify the optimal mix of machines and processes rapidly.


Gain added precision using aPriori’s physics-based manufacturing insights to compare and evaluate production methods down to the machine level.


Use aPriori’s deep expertise for manufacturing process groups that include additive, casting & forging, composites, electronics, heat & surface treatment, machining, and plastics.

aPriori Manufacturing Process Model Capabilities

aPriori’s mechanistic analysis engine simulates hundreds of manufacturing processes and calculates associated costs with precision. Features include:
The machining process shown illustrates one of aPriori’s 440 manufacturing process models

Robust process capability and routing rules, including:

  • Available process & routing selections
  • Machine feasibility
  • Routing rules
  • Generic conceptual detailed (GCD) relationship rules
the 3d design reflects the variety aPriori's manufacturing process models

Simulation insights, including:

  • Process cycle time calculation
  • Material utilization
  • Tooling costs
  • Tool wear/life info.
  • Manufacturability analysis & guidance

    Unmatched Manufacturing Process Breadth and Depth

    Enhanced with Sustainability Insights

    Enhanced with Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Capabilities

    Additive Manufacturing

    • Direct Metal Laser Sintering
    • Material Jetting
    • Powder Metal
    • Selective Laser Sintering
    • Stereolithography


    • Adhesive Bonding
    • Mechanical Fastening
    • Sealing
    • Threaded Insert
    • Welding

    Casting & Forging

    • Closed Die Forging
    • Die Casting
    • Investment Casting
    • Ring Rolled Forging
    • Sand Casting


    • Automated Fiber Placement
    • Automated Tape Layup
    • Hand Layup


    • PCB Fabrication
    • PCB Assembly
    • Wire Harness Assembly

    Heat & Surface Treatment

    • Aging, Stress Relief
    • Anodize, Black Oxide
    • Degreasing
    • Electroplating
    • Painting
    • Powder Coat Cart
    • Surface Hardening
    • Through Hardening


    • Machining of Casting,
      Forging, Additive, and
      Fabricated parts
    • Milling, Turning, Grinding,
      Gear Making
    • Multi-Spindle Machining
    • Stock Machining

    Metal Fabrication

    • Bar & Tube
    • Extrusions
    • Hard & Soft Tooled
    • Stamping & Die Stamping
    • Sheetmetal Hydroforming
    • Sheetmetal Roll Forming
    • Sheetmetal Stretch Forming
    • Sheetmetal Transfer Die


    • Injection Molding
      • Assembly Molding
      • Assembly Plastic Molding
    • Reaction Injection Molding
    • Roto and Blow Molding
    • Structural Foam Molding
    • SMC Compression Molding
    • Sheet Plastic
    • Thermoforming

    *Not all models are illustrated above

    **Design guidance and sustainability insights not available for all processes yet

    How Do aPriori Digital Twins Use Manufacturing Process Models?

    aPriori’s digital twins connect teams and operations, empowering users to optimize the product development lifecycle across product designs, manufacturing processes, and production capabilities.

    The aPriori Digital Process Twin uses manufacturing process models to simulate and identify the most appropriate production process. And together, manufacturers use the aPriori digital twins – aPriori Digital Product Twins, aPriori Digital Process Twins, and the aPriori  Digital Factory Twins – to conduct “what if” scenarios to evaluate the impact of changes on cost, carbon, manufacturing process, and factory location.

    “Using the aPriori digital factory, AGCO’S GSI brand can rapidly simulate manufacturing for thousands of older parts. This ensures that factory KPIs are based on updated, verified models while helping the organization continue to standardize its full portfolio of components using the digital factory.” – AGCO

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