Inventor CAM

Integrated CAM software for Inventor simplifies CNC programming processes

Turn your ideas into machined parts using a familiar interface. Inventor® CAM software simplifies the machining workflow with CAD-embedded 2.5-axis to 5-axis milling, turning, and mill-turn capabilities.


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Inventor CAM is available only in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection provides the tools you need for the design and manufacturing of your products. The collection includes:

  • Inventor
  • Inventor Nesting
  • Inventor Tolerance Analysis
  • And more

Inventor CAM features

Adaptive clearing

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

2.5- and 3-axis milling

  • Create toolpaths with powerful technology, such as 3D adaptive clearing, and the industry’s most complete package of finishing toolpaths.

4- and 5-axis milling

  • Simultaneous 4- and 5-axis features for machining complex models include tilt, multi-axis contour, and swarf.

Turning and mill-turn

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

AnyCAD in Inventor

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

Waterjet, plasma, and laser cutting

  • Generate 2D profile cutting paths quickly with the ability to add all contours in the same plane, add tabs, and specify quality settings.


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

Tool holder avoidance

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

Slope machining

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

Stock and toolpath simulation

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

CNC output edit

  • Perform common text edits to NC program files.

Analysis tools

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

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