In a world full of physical stuff – whether that’s products, parts, or places – Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) makes it all possible. We’re the ones that give the power of flight to airplanes or the rumble of horsepower to automobiles. When you need something made, not just designed, CAM is your answer. What happens behind the scenes? Keep reading, and you’ll find out.
What is CAM? Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is the use of software and computer-controlled machinery to automate a manufacturing process.
Based on that definition, you need three components for a CAM system to function:
Software that tells a machine how to make a product by generating toolpaths.
Machinery that can turn raw material into a finished product.
Post Processing converts toolpaths into a language machines can understand.
These three components are glued together with tons of human labor and skill. As an industry, we’ve spent years building and refining the best manufacturing machinery around. Today, there’s no design too tough for any capable machinist shop to handle.
AUTODESK FUSION 360
Integrated CAD, CAM,
and CAE software
Fusion 360™ solves the bottlenecks created by traditional CAD, CAM, data management, and simulation solutions by eliminating the disconnected development process that you encounter every day. Unifying our most potent technologies under the power of a single platform, Fusion 360 provides a cohesive experience across design, engineering, and manufacturing with your data at the center – on any device, anytime, anywhere.
SIMPLIFY YOUR ENTIRE WORKFLOW WITH ONE PLATFORM
IN THE CLOUD
USE GENERATIVE DESIGN TO REALIZE PREVIOUSLY IMPOSSIBLE OUTCOMES
Expert high-speed and multi-axis CAM software
Autodesk® PowerMill® is expert CAM software for programming molds, dies and highly complex components requiring maximum quality, control, and efficiency of your CNC machines. Access a vast library of toolpath strategies and combine with advanced optimization tools to generate the NC code needed to produce exceptional quality parts. Use powerful simulation tools to validate and enhance the motion of 5-axis machines and industrial robots.
RAPIDLY CREATE HIGH EFFICIENCY TOOLPATHS FOR LARGE, COMPLEX PARTS
EXTENSIVE TOOLPATH EDITING AND OPTIMIZATION
AUTOMATIC 5-AXIS COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS
Fusion 360 with FeatureCAM automates CAM programming with automatic and interactive feature recognition technology for faster part production. Knowledge-based programming helps you intelligently program a comprehensive range of CNC applications, including mills, multi-tasking turning centers, Swiss-type lathes, and wire EDMs. Fusion 360, PartMaker, Fusion Team, and HSMWorks are included as complementary solutions to FeatureCAM.
AUTOMATE YOUR WORKFLOW FROM DESIGN TO NC CODE
SINGLE INTERFACE FOR ALL YOUR CNC APPLICATIONS
PRODUCE CONSISTENT RESULTS WITH BUILTIN MANUFACTURING KNOWLEDGE
Precision programming for Swiss-type lathes
PartMaker enables high precision programming for Swiss-type lathes. Machine parts complete with efficient cycle times and achieve high quality, burr-free finishes. Specifically developed for Swiss lathes, PartMaker supports the CNC techniques commonly used by Swiss programmers. Our globally established relationships with many machine tool manufacturers helps to ensure PartMaker post-processors generate accurate NC code for your lathe.
SIMPLIFY PROGRAMMING OF PRECISION TURNING MACHINES WITH LIVE TOOLING
SPECIFIC FUNTIONALITY FOR SWISS STYLE MACHINING
QUICK SYNCHRONIZATION OF MACHINING PROCESSES FOR EFFCIENT CYCLES TIMES
Plastic injection and compression mold simulation software
Optimize part and mold designs, reduce potential manufacturing defects, and get innovative products to market faster. Autodesk Moldflow provides tools based on a comprehensive materials database to help CAE analysts, engineers, and designers evaluate different designs, mold configurations, and injection molding processes, reducing the need for costly physical prototypes to plan ahead for manufacturing.
REDUCE DELAYS AND GAIN INSIGHTS WITH PLASTICS PART SIMULATION
OPTIMIZE PART, MOLD AND MANUFACTURING PROCESES IN ONE INTERFACE
SIMULATE WITH FLEXIBLE MESHING AND SOLVING
Computational fluid dynamics
Autodesk CFD software provides fast, accurate, and flexible fluid flow and thermal simulation tools to help predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing – minimizing reliance on costly physical prototypes and helping you get innovative products to market faster. Accurately predict behavior, optimize and validate designs with a wide range of simulation capabilities before manufacturing.
INTELLIGENTLY PREDICT FLUID FLOW AND THERMAL CONDITIONS
OPTIMIZE A RANGE OF CFD TOOLS FOR VARIOUS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
FLEXIBLE SIMULATION CAPABILITIES TO RUN LOCALLY OR ON REMOTE SERVERS
Prepare complex models
The ideal modeling companion to use alongside PowerMill and FeatureCAM. Create additional geometry to help with CAM programming. Sketch wireframe boundaries to control the extents of machining. Automatically produce capping surfaces that smoothly cover ribs and other features produced with other manufacturing processes. Construct curves and surfaces to more precisely control the motion of 5-axis machines and industrial robots.
PREPARE MOLDS, DIES, AND COMPLEX PARTS FOR MANUFACTURE
CREATE GEOMETRY TO HELP WITH CAM PROGRAMMING
FIND AND REPAIR CRITICAL FAULTS TO SIMPLIFY DOWNSTREAM PROCESSES.
Multi-device 3D inspection software
Make inspecting complex freeform surfaces simple with a wide range of measuring devices. Autodesk PowerInspect offers a powerful way to inspect, validate, and quality control for all measurement equipment. Inspect parts during machining using On Machine Verification (OMV) to reduce scrap and avoid expensive rework. Minimize long setup times that compromise machine productivity and overall plant capacity.
COMBINE WITH POWERMILL TO MAINTAIN QUALITY AND ACCURACY
SAVE MONEY BY IDENTIFYING DEFECTS EARLY IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
EASILY INSPECT LARGE, COMPLEX AND LAYERED PARTS
Connected software for additive manufacturing, design, and simulation
Designed for production environments, Autodesk Netfabb provides efficient build preparation capabilities alongside tools for optimizing designs for additive manufacturing and simulating metal additive processes, to help you reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve part performance. Quickly get from a 3D model to successfully printed parts using a complete additive manufacturing toolset that streamlines workflows and reduce build errors.
HAVE FULL CONTROL OVER YOUR TOOLPATH AND SIMULATE METAL ADDITIVE PROCESS
CREATE MODELS THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
MAXIMIZE THE NUMBERS OF PARTS YOU CAN FIT INTO