Create complex 3D geometry for multi-axis, high-speed CNC machining

PowerShape® manufacturing CAD software combines surface, solid, and mesh modeling to help engineers prepare molds, dies, and other complex parts for additive, subtractive, or hybrid manufacture.


Modeling software for molds, tools, and complex parts

PowerShape® CAD software helps manufacturers import, fix, and prepare complex models in readiness for CNC machining. Use PowerShape as a modeling companion to get more from PowerMill CAM software.

Modeling for manufacture

  • CAM modeling companion — Create CAM-specific geometry and use with PowerMill for enhanced control of your CNC machines.
  • Import, analyse, and repair — Analyse imported CAD models to identify and fix faults that could complicate downstream processes.
  • Tolerant solid modeling — Convert imported CAD designs into models ready for CAM programming–even if the model is faulty.
  • Flexible surface modeling Produce the most complex geometry using powerful surface creation and manipulation tools.
  • Direct modeling — Make major changes quickly to imported solid models without the need for a solid history.
  • Shared views (Subscription only) Share 3D views of model data with stakeholders. View anywhere, anytime on cloud-connected devices.
  • Autodesk Drive (Subscription only) Save model data to Autodesk Drive, a personal cloud site. Organise data and let team members review and collaborate.
  • Ribbon interface Improved user experience with enriched tooltips. Quickly access common commands and discover unused features.
  • Accessibility shading Check the machinability of complex parts. Identify undercut features that require 3+2 or 5-axis machining.
  • Sketch with parameters Use parameters and mathematical expressions to construct 2D sketches and solid models.
  • Extend primitives — Extend the edges of primitive surfaces or solids with a single command dynamically or by a user-defined distance.
  • GUI customisation — Customise the PowerShape interface to add shortcuts to the quick access toolbar and ribbon interface.
  • Lightweight holes — Identify additional hole features found in complex models imported without a solid modeling history.
  • Cage morphing Use a 3D control cage to distort the size and shape of surface, solid, and mesh models.
  • Assembly modeling Define libraries of component and form complex assemblies using drag-and-drop attachment points.
  • Nesting Automatically nest groups of wireframe geometry into pre-defined outer boundaries.
  • Curve wrapping/unwrapping (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Wrap curves onto 3D surface and sold models. Unwrap 3D curves to produce 2D outlines for trimming applications.
  • Every CAD support Import neutral and third-party files from mainstream CAD systems into PowerShape Standard, Premium, or Ultimate.

Mold, tool, and die 

  • Core and cavity splitting — Split models into core and cavity halves, including parting surfaces, sliders, and shut-out faces.
  • Electrode wizard (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Automate electrode design for EDM. Add clearance, extensions, holder geometry, and spark gaps.
  • Rib capping — Avoid damaging cutting tools by preventing access to slots that will be produced with EDM.
  • Complex electrode modeling (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Combine Direct Modeling tools with the PowerShape electrode wizard to create complex electrodes with vector burning.
  • Multi-impression electrodes (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Burn multiple EDM features with a single roughing and finishing electrode for improved productivity.
  • Automated electrode machining (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Connect with PowerMill and apply user-defined machining templates to families of electrodes for automatic CAM programming.
  • Integrated electrode inspection (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Connect with PowerInspect to validate the size and position of the electrode during CNC machining and subsequent EDM.
  • Connect your EDM hardware (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Interface with shop-floor hardware to automate the EDM process and avoid human setup errors.
  • Replace solid face — Replace faces on solid models with a single command, and reduce the time needed to incorporate design changes.
  • Solid from text — Create multiple 3D solid extrusions using 2D text. Combine with TrueType fonts to simplify text additions to models.
  • Specialist press-die surfaces (ULTIMATE) Simplify the creation of highly complex addendum and parting surfaces, used in the design of press tools.
  • Mold-base design (ULTIMATE) Use built-in catalogs to complete the mold-base design. Add sliding cores, lifters, mold locks, and cooling circuits.

Reverse engineering 

  • Import scan data (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) PowerShape integrates with scanning devices to capture complex parts and convert into 3D models.
  • Mesh Doctor (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Find and fix common faults seen in imported STL meshes to avoid potential issues downstream.
  • Reverse engineering (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Use reverse engineering tools to convert STL meshes into wireframe, surfaces, and solid models
  • Mesh alignment (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Accurately align meshes automatically with other triangle models, surfaces, or solids.
  • Mesh outline curve — Produce a 3D curve representing the outline of STL meshes and use to assist with surface and solid modeling.
  • Mesh modeling (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Access tools to manipulate large STL meshes. Fix gaps, smooth regions, and combine with surface and solid data.
  • Interactive triangle modeling (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Interactively sketch triangles to close complex holes found in STL meshes.
  • Morphing compensation (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Use morphing to counter the effects of gravity and stress relief on parts, reducing quality-related concessions.
  • Adding textures (PREMIUM, ULTIMATE) Add logos and badges to your 3D model. Wrap repeating patterns of textures onto entire models or localized regions.

Autodesk Licensing Explained

Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products. Take advantage of our free trial licenses, so you can see first-hand how our products can help you imagine, design and create a better world.Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +64 9 302 4028.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


Additional Information
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System requirements for Autodesk PowerShape 2021
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)
CPU Type Multiple core 64-bit processor, such as Intel® Core™ i7 or Intel® Core™ i9
Memory 8 GB RAM minimum recommended
16 GB RAM or more recommended for demanding parts
Graphics Card NVIDIA Quadro
At least 2GB fully OpenGL 2.0 compliant
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200
Disk Space 160 GB

Boost CAM programming with flexible modeling tools

Create complex 3D geometry to better control CAM software such as PowerMill and FeatureCAM.

  • Work with any combination of surface, solid, or mesh data
  • Import, analyse and repair third-party designs
  • Fix faults that can complicate downstream processes

Work faster with focused modeling for manufacture tools

Access wizards in PowerShape to automate common modeling tasks. Quickly convert product designs into molds, tools, and dies ready for CNC machining.

  • Core and cavity splitting
  • Electrode design and manufacture
  • Automated rib capping for EDM

Which PowerShape product is right for you?

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Wireframe, surface, and solid modeling tools designed to help engineers prepare complex models for CNC machining.


Automated design and manufacture of electrodes for electrical discharge machining, point cloud and triangle mesh modeling, drag-and-drop assembly modeling.


Specialised tools to create mold bases, sliding cores, and lifters, plus addendum and shut-out faces on press-die tools.

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PowerShape CAD software provides modeling for manufacture tools to help import, fix, and prepare molds, tools, electrodes, and other complex parts for CNC machining.