When it comes to Integrated CAM, Autodesk is committed to delivering solutions to the broadest range of users, from designers and engineers to veteran CNC programmers, regardless of their CAD tool of choice.
Integrated CAM for SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and Fusion 360
Define machining geometry and parameters by selecting entities directly from the 3D digital prototype, enables HSMWorks, Inventor HSM and Fusion 360 to maintain full associativity between the 3D model and machining operations. Any changes to the model are automatically reflected in the toolpath. Late design changes no longer mean missing delivery deadlines or introducing last-minute programming errors.
2D machining can range from very simple to fairly complex prismatic parts. Autodesk’s FREE HSM Express includes all the tools you need for precise control over all aspects of 2D machining.
Easily machine 2D and 2.5D contours. Control lead-in and lead-out with or without tool compensation. Choose multiple roughing and finishing passes and multiple depth cuts for any contour. Machine open and closed contours without creating additional geometry and eliminate sharp motion with corner smoothing.
2D Adaptive Clearing
The free version of HSM for Solidworks and Inventor also comes with 2D Adaptive Clearing. This revolutionary toolpath has provided a competitive advantage for machine shops all around the world since 2011, when the original HSMXpress was released for free to the Solidworks machining community.
Autodesk’s Integrated CAM kernel strives to generate the shortest and smoothest toolpaths possible, resulting in reduced machining time, improved surface quality, less tool wear, and extended machine tool life. In addition to the traditional pocket clearing strategy, it features the innovative Adaptive Clearing toolpath that reduces roughing time by a factor of 4 or more compared to time by a factor of 4 or more compared to conventional roughing, and increases tool life by as much as a factor of 10 depending on material hardness.
When it comes to finishing toolpaths there are many machining strategies available to suit your parts’ topology. Providing superior finish machining technologies that incorporate smooth/tangent lead in/out moves to keep the tool moving in a smooth motion, reducing machine wear and tool marks.
For shops with 4th axis rotary tables, HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360 Ultimate provide simple tool orientation controls to align your 4th axis to the geometry you need to machine. In addition 4th axis substitution/wrapping toolpath options are available.
All 2D and 3D strategies support 3+2 machining (5-axis positioning) by rotating the part or the head of the machine tool through a combination of A, B, or C axis motions. Create 3+2 operations by simply selecting a model or work feature for the operation to define the tool axis orientation. Autodesk’s HSM CAM kernel takes care of the rest by finding the most efficient rotations to orient the part. Once positioned, all machining strategies are available. Tools and holders are gouge protected for all strategies that normally support this feature.
HSMWorks, Inventor HSM and Fusion 360 Basic features all the traditional turning toolpaths, including facing, roughing, grooving, threading, drilling and profiling. For drilling and hole making, choose between pre-programmed machining cycles and canned cycles, or use a combination of both.
HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360 Ultimate all support programming twin-turret and twin-spindle lathes across all of the turning operations. Mill/Turn operations are supported when combined with the familiar 2D or 3D milling toolpath strategies. Reducing your learning overhead and speeding up programming time
HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360 Ultimate offer a number of multi-axis strategies that provide the programmer with a productive solution for easily creating efficient multi-axis toolpaths with advanced collision control for complex 3D models.
3D Toolpath Tilting
Many parts contain deep cavity areas and small radii that need to be machined with small diameter tools. These areas can be machined effectively by automatically tilting the tool and holder away from the workpiece, allowing the use of shorter tools to reduce vibration and deflection.
HSMWorks & Inventor HSM both include a include a full-featured CNC program editor including NC functions, Math Ops, side-by- side file compare, CNC templates, and serial communications for transferring your CNC programs to RS232 based CNC controls.
Choose from a range of Autodesk CAM software, covering support for 2.5, 3, 4 & 5 axis milling, turning and mill/turn machines. Desktop or Cloud synced options are available for both PC and Mac.
Inventor HSM and HSMWorks provide an integrated CAM programming solution for Inventor and SOLIDWORKS to connect your designs to manufacturing.
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Fusion 360 integrates CAM with mechanical design, simulation and collaboration tools in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.
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Autodesk HSM Express provides a world-class user experience, meaning it’s intuitive and easy to learn. The best part is this 2.5 axis CAM product for Inventor and Solidworks is completely free.
CADPRO Systems provides HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360 users support and training of Computer Aided Manufacturing technology.
Our technical support team provides you rapid access to experienced and highly skilled Autodesk® certified support staff. We are widely recognised as providing the best, most professional after-sales support. Support is provided via telephone, email and web-based remote desktop software, this enables remote interrogation and troubleshooting of your software, ensuring a speedy resolution of the most difficult or advanced problems or questions. On-site support is available at an additional charge.
CADPRO Systems have Autodesk® Authorised Training and Certification centres in Auckland and Christchurch. We have been operating since 1992 and are 100% New Zealand owned and operated.
By adding CADPRO Technical Support to your CAM software, you get full software maintenance and the best CAM support available in Australia and New Zealand.
This is a premium priority support offering for your Autodesk® design software.
To get the best start or to refresh your technical skills with Autodesk HSM CAD/CAM software, use CADPRO Systems Educators. With years of industry experience our educators will get you on your way at your speed. Autodesk HSM CAD/CAM training can be provided remotely in short sessions Or concentrated into a couple of days on-site** at your facility. Contact us for a tailored training quote.
Student and Educational licensing is available to help students build valuable workplace skills and to prepare them for rewarding careers in architecture, engineering, and the digital arts.
Students and faculty can download free* Autodesk software for personal educational purposes. Student licenses incorporate all the software functionality of our professional licenses, but include a print banner or watermark on output indicating the design was created using a student license version. Autodesk student licenses are available as Stand-Alone only and may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes, or for commercial or for-profit purposes.
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Educational institutions, students and faculty can receive affordable pricing on a variety of Educational licensing options. Autodesk® Education Suites can be purchased as Stand-Alone, Multi-seat Stand-Alone or Network licenses and give academic institutions access to comprehensive software products and tools. Educational licenses cannot be used for commercial, professional or for-profit purposes.
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*Free Autodesk software is for personal use for education purposes and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies download of the software.
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