Autodesk CAM

CAM SOFTWARE FOR CNC MACHINING

Choose from a range of Autodesk solutions for programming CNC mills, lathes, multitasking centers, sheet-material cutters, and wire EDM machines.

At SolidCAD, we provide best-in-class services and expert knowledge for Autodesk CAM solutions. We are happy to announce that SolidCAD is specialized by Autodesk to support Advanced Manufacturing solutions

Products


Scroll down to find out more about Autodesk PowerMill, Autodesk FeatureCAM, and Autodesk HSM CAM.

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EXPERT SURFACE AND MULTI-AXIS MILLING SOLUTION

PowerMill helps you manufacture molds, dies, aerospace parts, medical parts, and other highly-complex components with maximum control from your 3-axis, 4-axis, or 5-axis mill.

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INTELLIGENT CAM SOFTWARE TO CREATE NC CODE FASTER

FeatureCAM contains built-in machining intelligence and automation to minimize programming time for CNC milling, turning, and wire EDM. FeatureCAM is also the best choice for complex multi-function machines.

 

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INTEGRATED CAD/CAM AND EASE OF PROGRAMMING

HSM CAM is a versatile and user-friendly solution that works inside Inventor, Fusion 360, or SolidWorks to leverage the power of 3D CAD in your CNC programming workflow.

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EXPERT SURFACE AND MULTI-AXIS MILLING SOLUTION

PowerMill excels in the machining of complex 5 axis parts, offering the finest level of control. PowerMill offers a very wide selection of machining strategies, and powerful simulation and verification tools. PowerMill is also the right tool for additive machining and subtractive/additive hybrid machines.

PowerMill Features


High Efficiency Roughing Strategies
  • High speed technology that uses smoothing motion to avoid sharp directional changes.
  • Adaptive clearing strategies that allow high removal of material. (Vortex from stock and from model)
  • Exceptional calculation times.
  • Use stock models to identify remaining material.
  • Re-machining control that detects un-machined stock with minimal air cutting.

1_High Efficiency Roughing Strategis

Safe toolpaths
  • No need to select surfaces to include in toolpath generation. PowerMill automatically scans the entire model during calculation.
  • Automatic gouge free toolpaths.
  • Variety of shank and collision checking tools available for every situation.
  • Utilize PowerMill Modelling to fix poorly trimmed models or to create surfaces to aid in toolpath control.

2_Safe Toolpaths

Toolpath Editing
  • No need for toolpath regeneration when changing items like:
    • Speeds & Feeds
    • Leads & Links
    • Connection Moves
    • Entry and exit points
  • Flexible optimization tools for control:
    • Toolpath trimming
    • Re-ordering of cutting segments
    • Deletion of unwanted segment
    • Point control
Toolpath Verification
  • Simulate toolpath in wireframe or 3d mode to visually inspect toolpaths before posting code.
  • Use the virtual machine tool to detect any costly collisions or machine limits.

3_Toolpath Editing & Verification

Comprehensive finishing strategies
  • Huge library of strategies for any situation.
  • Strategic toolpath options for:
    • Rib machining (Mold & Die)
    • Port machining (Automotive)
    • Blisk & Blade (Aerospace)
    • Probing (Inspection)

4_Comprehensive Finishing Strategies

Ultimate Multi-Axis control
  • All strategies can be converted to 3+1, 3+2 or simultaneous milling.
  • Incorporate axis limits to reduce movement on the machine.
  • Axis smoothing options allow for higher quality finishes.
  • Take advantage of the Dynamic Machine Control to edit tool axis on the fly without recalculating the toolpath.
  • Make localized edits to tool axis motion.

5_Ultimate Multi-Axis Control

Industry machining solutions
  • Utilize industrial robots for redundant cutting operations and repairs.
  • Additive toolpath technology for hybrid machine tools and robots.
  • Utilize PowerShape’s EDM solution within the PowerMill environment to automatically calculate electrodes.

6_Industry Machining Solutions

Automate your process
  • Save toolpath strategies and reuse them for future projects.
  • Record and edit user defined macro’s.
  • Create high end API’s to communicate directly with the PowerMill interface.

Every CAD Support
  • Imports all mainsteam CAD file types.
  • Machine directly off mesh files.

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AUTOMATE YOUR CNC PROGRAMMING

FeatureCAM’s built-in intelligence and automation reduces your programming time and increases programming consistency by making decisions for you.

FeatureCAM Features


Feature Recognition
    • Scan your models to automatically detect features and apply operations to them.
    • Generate NC code quickly.;

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Control your programming
  • Automate your process by teaching the software how you want to machine your parts.
  • Standardize your machining configurations.
  • Save redundant features that appear on part families into a library.
  • Use FeatureCAM’s surfacing and solid modelling controls.

2_Control Your Programming

Simulation and Safety
  • Run a variety of different types of simulation to gauge where potential issues may arise, including:
    • Centerline simulation
    • 3d simulation
    • Machine simulation
  • Detect collisions to holders and machine components.
  • Use collision avoidance to trim, tilt and avoid regions of your part.
  • Set models as clamps or fixtures to avoid collisions or costly mistakes.
  • Review simulation results and edit the output to maximize efficiency.

3_Simulation and Safety

Comprehensive Machine Support
  • FeatureCAM allows you to control your whole shop since it supports:
    • Milling
      • 3 Axis
      • 4 Axis (positional and simultaneous)
      • 5 Axis (positional and simultaneous)
    • Turning
    • Turn/Mill
    • Swiss
    • Wire EDM

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Every CAD Support
  • Import all mainstream CAD file types.

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ALL-INCLUSIVE, INTEGRATED CAD/CAM PROGRAMMING SOLUTION FOR INVENTOR, FUSION 360 AND SOLIDWORKS

CAD-embedded 3-, 4-, and 5-axis milling, turning and mill-turn capabilities, to simplify your machining workflow.

HSM CAM Features


BE MORE PRODUCTIVE, FASTER

Experienced Inventor and SolidWorks users will feel right at home working with HSM CAM and will be able to create high-quality toolpaths within minutes.

LEVERAGE THE POWER OF PARAMETRIC 3D CAD

Leverage the power of parametric 3D CAD to improve the performance of your Methods and Industrialization Department and to streamline company-wide business processes. Designed from the ground up to work inside Inventor and SolidWorks parametric 3D CAD.

With Autodesk HSM CAM:

  • No switching back and forth between design and CAM through a neutral file format
  • Program directly on the solid model using your parametric 3D CAD interface
  • Parametrically model every detail of your machining setups for greater control and precision
  • Insert your part into templates of your common machining setups
  • Maintain associativity between product engineering and manufacturing processes
  • AnyCAD technology allows you to open virtually any non-native CAD, all-the-while retaining associativity to the original model
  • Design fixtures and custom work-holding solutions around your part with powerful drawing tools
  • Make the Methods department more self-sufficient with the powerful measurement and 2D drafting tools of 3D parametric CAD
  • Communicate dimensions, tolerancing, and instructions with model-based definition
REDUCE THE IT OVERHEAD

A common CAD/CAM platform makes it easier to manage your software resources. With Autodesk HSM, CAM data is saved within CAD part or assembly files, thereby streamlining data management.

Work with the best tools in the business!
  • “Adaptive Roughing” 2.5D and 3D intelligent roughing technology
  • Rest-machining of leftover material
  • Vast selection of 3D strategies for sloped and organic surfaces
  • Simultaneous 5-axis swarf, contour, and 3D flow strategies

FRIENDLY, STREAMLINED, AND HIGHLY VISUAL – THE HSM INTERFACE IS A CLEAN-SHEET DESIGN.
  • Easier to learn than any other CAM
  • Graphical view of operation depth settings
  • Automatic detection of feature depths/heights from the solid model
  • Automatic detection of similar features
  • Regroup features of differing depths in a single operation
  • 3+1 or 3+2 axis indexing as easy as picking hole axis or feature floor
  • Intuitive programming of simultaneous 5-axis toolpaths
  • Several ways to reduce repetitive tasks and to capture best practices
  • Powerful stock removal simulation and collision detection
  • Automatic HTML-based set-up sheets
  • G-code review with the licenced CIMCO Edit code editor
  • User-editable post-processors written in ubiquitous JavaScript

HSM CAM QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST VALUE IN CAM TODAY.
DO IT ALL, STRAIGHT OUT-OF-THE-BOX WITH NO OPTIONAL MODULES TO PURCHASE!

Included support for most types and configurations of CNC machines:

  • 3, 4, and 5-axis vertical or horizontal milling centers
  • 2-axis horizontal or vertical lathes, single or dual spindle and turret
  • 3-axis+ live-tooling turning centers / mill-turn machines
  • Routers, laser cutters, plasma cutters, waterjet cutters

Included tool path technologies:

  • 2.5D milling toolpaths
  • 3D milling toolpaths
  • 2.5D intelligent roughing
  • 3D intelligent roughing
  • Rest machining

  • Contour tabs
  • 3+1/3+2 axis pre-positioning
  • Simultaneous 5-axis milling
  • Probing
  • Nesting for sheet material

Technical Resources

About Post Processors
A “post-processor” is required to translate CNC tool paths created by HSM CAM into G-code-based machine instruction sets that are compatible with the user’s CNC machine. This includes respecting the user’s machine configuration and respecting the G-code idiosyncrasies of both the manufacturer of the user’s CNC controller and the manufacturer of the user’s CNC machine. Moreover, any non-standard codes required to manage special options of the user’s CNC machine need to be implemented in the post-processor in order for HSM CAM to control these options. Finally, any user requirements concerning the formatting, commenting, and sequencing of G-code must also be incorporated in the post-processor.

Generic HSM CAM post-processors for a variety of machine types (milling, turning, sheet material cutters) and a variety of machine controllers are included with your installation of HSM CAM. Consult the Autodesk HSM Post-Processor website here: https://cam.autodesk.com/hsmposts to download the latest versions of these posts, and other newly-developed generic post-processors.

Users may also wish to try the highly-flexible and well-formatted SolidCAD Generic FANUC Post-Processor, freely-downloadable here.

Note that all HSM CAM post-processors are compatible with Inventor HSM, HSMWorks for SolidWorks, and Fusion 360 CAM.

Note also that all HSM CAM post-processors are human-readable and user-editable. With some knowledge of JavaScript, and with the help of the “HSM Post-Processor Training Guide” published by Autodesk and downloadable here, the user can adapt generic post-processors to output G-code according to his/her company’s best practices. The HSM Post-Processor Forum is also a vast repository of knowledge.

In most cases, however, users will ask SolidCAD to develop a post-processor that is specific to their machine and to their needs. For information about this service, please consult the Post-Processor Customization Service Page.

About Setup-Sheets

Included with HSM CAM are setup-sheet templates that, like post-processors, are designed to be user-editable and adapted to the user’s best practices.

Of these, the HTML setup-sheet template is perhaps the most interesting. It is the default template applied when creating a setup-sheet through the “Generate Setup Sheet” shortcut command (right mouse button). This template captures an image of the model as displayed at the moment of setup-sheet generation, creates a tool list, and creates an operations list. Additional notes concerning the machining setup can be inserted through the “Edit Notes” command. Upon generation, the setup-sheet opens in a web browser. It can then be printed to PDF for archiving.

With some knowledge of Javascript and HTML, this template can be easily adapted by the user.

However, users may wish to first try the streamlined and well-formatted SolidCAD Generic HTML Setup-Sheet, freely-downloadable here along with its companion style sheet and read-me file.

About Training
HSM is very likely the easiest CAM to learn. Autodesk also helps in this regard by publishing hundreds of short instructional videos on its HSM CAM YouTube Channel.

For those wishing to become maximally-efficient with HSM CAM in the least amount of time, SolidCAD offers HSM CAM training in the form of a formal 3-day class (see curriculum), or in the form of individualized coaching, online or on-site anywhere in Canada. Please contact Sales for more information, and a member of our HSM Team will reach out to discuss your needs.

Automating HSM CAM
Most fields in HSM CAM can be driven by equations in order to reduce repetitive manual entries. For example, lead-in and lead-out feed rates can be automatically determined as a percentage of cutting feed rate, using the parameter “tool_feedCutting” as the basis of a simple equation. A complete list of available parameters with which to build logic is available here:

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On a higher level, many actions in HSM CAM can be automated through iLogic, going beyond simple reuse of machining setups. Also, HSM CAM now features its own API. Contact our specialists to discuss the possibilities that this affords

Feeds and Speeds

Running CNC machines profitably depends to a large extent on the selection of optimal cutting parameters. To minimize the guesswork of choosing speeds and feeds that are compatible with new machining strategies (i.e., Adaptive Clearing), unfamiliar tools, or unfamiliar materials, we recommend the FSWizard Pro app by Zero Divide.

Adaptive Clearing/Intelligent Roughing
Anyone not starting their machining operations with Adaptive Clearing is leaving money on the table. It’s that good! For a deep dive into how to get the most out of this revolutionary milling strategy, please read our article here.
Additional Resources
Autodesk publishes a number of good resources for CNC technology in general. Please have a look at these:

HSM CAM COMPARISON PDF

PDF Chart that compares HSM CAM to other CAM Solutions

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