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Features

Expert 3- and 5-axis CAM

Features in PowerMill® enable easier 3- and 5-axis programming, simulation, and verification, so manufacturers can get more from their subtractive, additive, and hybrid machines.

High-speed machining

  • Expert performance

    Rapid calculation of toolpaths for large or complex parts. Machine surfaces, solids, or meshes. (video: 2:48 min.)

  • High-speed roughing

    Cut parts faster with high-efficiency roughing. Prolong tool life and reduce maintenance costs. (video: 3:15 min.)

  • Comprehensive finishing

    Access a vast library of toolpaths. Improve surface finish, while minimizing manual polishing. (video: 3:02 min.)

  • Toolpath optimization

    Make global or localized edits to your toolpaths without the need for lengthy recalculations. (video: 2:44 min.)

  • Hybrid manufacturing

    Ultimate (Subscriber benefit)

    Create, control, and simulate deposition strategies for driving high-rate additive processes. (video: 2:40 min.)

  • Surface probing

    Ultimate (Subscriber benefit)

    Create probing toolpaths to measure parts with spindle probes. Share 3D reports with Autodesk Drive. (video: 2:07 min.)

5-axis programming

  • Efficient 3+2 programming

    Machine complex features with fewer setups, shorter tools, and more aggressive feeds and speeds. (video: 2:10 min.)

  • 5-axis machining

    Premium, Ultimate

    Machine the most challenging parts more safely and efficiently with continuous 5-axis machining. (video: 3:24 min.)

  • Expert 5-axis control

    Premium, Ultimate

    Make global or localized edits to 5-axis toolpaths for improved machine motion and shorter cycle times. (video: 2:50 min.)

  • Auto tool tilting

    Premium, Ultimate

    Simplify the process of creating collision-free 5-axis toolpaths with automatic tool axis tilting.

  • Interactive collision avoidance

    Use interactive tools to help identify and repair toolpath motion that can cause collisions or near misses.

  • Automatic orientation vectors

    Premium, Ultimate

    Improve the synchronization between 5-axis simulations and actual NC program output.

  • Dynamic machine control

    Premium, Ultimate

    Select multiple regions of your toolpaths; use a virtual CNC machine to dynamically apply alternative tool axis settings.

  • Comprehensive tool support

    Access tool types, including barrel cutters, and combine with 3- and 5-axis strategies to meet your machining needs.

  • Trusted NC code output

    Output high-quality NC code for your machines. Access the latest machining functions on major NC controllers.

Specialized industry solutions

  • Industrial robots

    Premium, Ultimate

    Offline programming and simulation of robots. Analyze axis motion to reduce singularities and over-travel. (video: 2:56 min.)

  • Electrode manufacture

    Premium, Ultimate

    Automate the design, manufacture, inspection, and subsequent EDM burning of electrodes. (video: 2:47 min.)

  • Blisk and impeller machining

    Ultimate

    Use specialized 5-strategies to machine blisks, IBRs, and impellers with safe CNC machine motion. (video: 1:38 min.)

  • Blade milling

    Ultimate

    Get dedicated tools to safely machine turbine blades, vanes, and other airfoils with smooth 5-axis motion.

  • Port and manifold manufacture

    Ultimate

    Access specialized CNC machining strategies for the production of engine ports and manifolds.

  • Rib machining

    Premium, Ultimate

    Produce cutter-friendly toolpaths to mill ribs in molds and dies. Use as a low-cost alternative to EDM.

Simulation and verification

  • Stock simulation

    Dynamic ViewMill provides improved image quality. New options to detect and display collisions with stock.

  • Stock analysis

    Quickly identify material left unmachined using color-coded shading modes.

  • Automated verification

    Use a single command to verify your CAM project to find and remove collisions and near misses.

  • Analyze machine motion

    Simulate your toolpaths and NC programs using a virtual CNC machine. Highlight over-travel and rotary axis reversals.

  • Optimize machine motion

    Dynamically orientate your virtual CNC machine tool to use shorter tools and more aggressive feeds and speeds.

  • Verification exports

    Quickly transfer your NC programs and associated data to third-party verification software for added peace of mind.

More features

  • Posts in the cloud

    (Subscriber benefit)

    Use a secure, cloud-based platform to manage CNC post-processors.

  • Autodesk Drive

    (Subscriber benefit)

    Securely store, preview, and share PowerMill data with project stakeholders.

  • Ribbon interface

    User-friendly interface shortens the learning curve, and offers customization for more experienced programmers.

  • Machining setups

    Manage workplanes, stock, and clamps when programming parts using multiple operations.

  • 2.5D programming

    Interactively create 2D features, toolpaths, and NC code with control over cutter compensation.

  • Customization and automation

    Embed your expertise into templates, macros, and toolbars. Minimize programming time and human error.

  • Tooling database

    Build a searchable tool database and share across your engineering team for greater process control.

  • Shared views and setup sheets

    Share vital information with your shop-floor operators. Minimize setup time and help avoid costly mistakes.

  • Every CAD support

    Import surfaces, solids, or meshes from mainstream CAD systems. Create high-quality NC code regardless of model quality.