Intergrated CAM for Solidworks and Inventor

Get Inventor HSM and HSMWorks as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. Drive concept to realization using 2D and 3D workflows, visualization, large model aggregation, as well as data management tools.

Top benefits

  • An integrated CAD/CAM Solution
    Autodesk HSM provides integrated CAM functionality into SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk Inventor, the two most used design systems. This bundle also includes HSM inside cloud based Fusion 360, so you can take your work on the road anywhere you go.
  • Work Faster
    In the world of machining, every second counts. That’s why Autodesk HSM solutions are built on our next-generation multi-core, 64-bit CAM engine. Whether it’s reducing time for 3D projects from hours to minutes or updating toolpaths for a multi-part setup, Autodesk HSM tools set the standard for performance.
  • Produce Top Quality Parts
    With Autodesk HSM, you will get the CNC code you need to turn your designs into high-quality, finished parts. Full integration, ease-of-use and high performance mean nothing if you can’t produce quality parts. In the real world, quality is critical.


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CAD/CAM for Inventor and SOLIDWORKS

Go directly from CAD design to CAM programming to CNC milling machine with one integrated workflow. Inventor HSM and HSMWorks provide CAD/CAM tools for Inventor and SOLIDWORKS.


CAD/CAM integration & performance

AnyCAD in Inventor

Design changes in the source CAD system get automatically updated downstream in drawings and toolpaths.

Adaptive clearing

Reduce roughing time by a factor of 4 or more compared to conventional roughing, and increase tool life.

CAD/CAM integration

Use the familiar tools and user interface in Inventor or SOLIDWORKS software.

Faster toolpath calculation time

Multiprocessor/multicore CPU support reduces toolpath calculation times, especially on large or complex designs.


Machining formats 

2.5-axis machining

Strategies for 2D machining on flat planes. Included in the free Express and regular versions of HSMWorks and Inventor HSM.

3-axis milling and 3+2 positioning

Choose from several 3-axis styles, or select a work plane, and perform 3+2 axis positioning with the same CAM strategies.

Multiaxis operations

Simultaneous 4- and 5-axis features for machining complex models include multiaxis contouring, 3D toolpath tilting, and more.

Turning and mill-turn

Improve productivity with traditional turning, facing, grooving, and boring functions. Includes support for live tooling mill-turning.


Advance CAM functionality 


Automatically avoid collisions between your part and tool holders during CNC calculations.

Tool holder avoidance

Improve productivity with traditional turning, facing, grooving, and boring functions. Includes support for live tooling mill-turning.

Slope machining

Control cutter engagement by using slope angles to minimize tool deflection and improve finish.

Engraving shapes and text

Carve shapes or text into parts, using a chamfer tool.


Simulation and verification tools

Stock and toolpath simulation

See stock being removed, and check for shaft and clamp/fixture collisions.

CNC output edit

Perform common text edits to CNC program files.

Analysis Tools

Measure distances or dynamically view vital information, such as feed/speed and estimated machining time.



Case Studies

See how Autodesk customers are using Autodesk integrated CAM software solutions to grow their business.

Robert Page Engineering

The addition of Inventor HSM has helped increase collaboration and workflow efficiencies from concept and design to manufacturing. “The transition to Autodesk’s manufacturing products has bridged the gap between the design team and production team, this allows us to be reactive to changes and updates and gives us better collaboration on projects,” says Gavin.

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Poriferous, LLC: Craniofacial implant manufacturer

Poriferous uses Inventor HSM to create toolpaths for complex designs, bring manufacturing in-house, and apply templates and systems to automate production to achieve scale.
“As a medical device company making cranial implants, Inventor HSM gives us the ability to make these products in a very predictable and linear method so we can rely on the results and produce the parts that we want.” —Aaron M. Noble, CEO


 Sk8trip: High-performance products for skateboarders

Sk8trip designs combine precision parts for the next generation of skaters. The shop rapidly prototypes new ideas and quickly updates designs using HSMWorks for SOLIDWORKS.

“The clean UI and seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS allowed us to significantly increase our ability to revise our design and produce the best possible trucks for skaters.” —Chris Chaput, Owner and Designer


R Mac Shop: Full-service machine facility

“Inventor HSM has changed our business. It’s the only program that I have ran [sic] that is simplified, as far as drawing and programming at the same time. The adaptive technology has decreased the cycle time, but the coolest thing is the tool life. It doubles it, if not triples it. We can run more parts in less time, and we are not changing the tools all the time.” —Bob Paffumi, Owner

GT Virtual Concepts: Jig and fixture design and manufacturing

The intuitive, intelligent tools in HSMWorks, along with the software’s seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS, helps GT Virtual Concepts gain control over its design-heavy manufacturing process.

“GT Virtual Concepts is all about speed and quality, and HSMWorks is a crucial part of that formula.” —Steven Shaw, Tooling and Design Engineer


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Free Trial

Inventor HSM

Inventor HSM

Advanced CNC milling and turning solution

  • 2.5- to 5-axis CAD/CAM
  • Trial download includes Inventor HSM
  • Requires regular installation or trial installation of Inventor

Autodesk HSM

HSMWorks for SOLIDWORKS users

Advanced CNC milling and turning solution

  • 2.5- to 5-axis CAD/CAM
  • Trial download includes HSMWorks
  • Requires SOLIDWORKS

Free 2.5-axis Inventor HSM Express

2.5-axis milling and drilling applications for Inventor. Does not include Inventor software.

Free 2.5-axis HSMXpress for SOLIDWORKS

2.5-axis milling and drilling applications for SOLIDWORKS. Does not include SOLIDWORKS software.

Autodesk Licensing Explained

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whats included

Key features

Adaptive clearing

Reduce roughing time and increase tool life. (video: 5:14)

AnyCAD in Inventor

Maintain associativity with virtually any CAD format, and reduce file translations. (video: 57 sec.)

Fast toolpath calculations

Multithreaded applications and multicore support reduce calculation times. (video: 1:03 min.)

2D machining

2D functions found in free version. (video: 1:59 min.)

What’s new


Utilize electronic probes to accurately position and measure parts.

Engraving shapes and text

Engrave shapes or test into your parts.


Chamfer corners while maintaining collision control with parts.


Perform wrapping of 4-axis parts.