HSMWorks Integrated CAM for SOLIDWORKS

Achieve higher productivity, reduced costs, and shorter time to market using HSMWorks, a part of the Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Industry Collection.

HSMWorks provides a fully integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS®, allowing you to get up to speed and become productive within minutes using familiar tools and workflows. In addition to all the standard toolpath strategies for milling and turning operations, HSMWorks includes advanced features such as adaptive clearing, integrated simulation and verification tools, plus a powerful post processor system that drastically reduce programming time.

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Autodesk HSMWorks CAM for SOLIDWORKS rendering

Seamless workflow from design to manufacturing
HSMWorks allows you to maintain full associativity between the SOLIDWORKS model and machining operations. Machining geometry and parameters can be defined by
selecting entities directly from the SOLIDWORKS model. Design changes in the CAD model get automatically updated in downstream data such as drawings and toolpaths, saving you valuable time and resources. Engineering change orders no longer mean missing delivery deadlines or introducing last minute programming errors.

Adaptive clearing
Adaptive clearing is an advanced roughing strategy that sets the bar for efficient, high volume material removal. Using constant tool engagement and optimized cutter paths, HSMWorks drastically reduces roughing time compared to conventional roughing and increases tool life. Enhanced multicore support and improved linking make adaptive clearing the most advanced adaptive roughing technology to date.

Modern architecture
HSMWorks is designed to take advantage of the latest workstation technologies to help you achieve superior performance, especially when working on large or complex designs.

Multiprocessor/multi-core support dramatically speeds up toolpath generation on supported hardware. The distributed CAM utility helps maximize use of your computing power by utilizing idle PCs on the local network to reduce toolpath calculation time.

“We started to use HSMWorks and couldn’t believe how easy it was to create the professional results we were looking for. The clean UI and seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS allowed us to significantly increase our ability to revise our design and produce the best possible trucks for skaters.”

Stock simulation
Integrated stock simulation in HSMWorks enables users to see stock being removed and to automatically check for shaft and clamp/fixture collisions. Users can color the surface by tool number to inspect the resulting stock model, and they can slice the model to inspect different sections.

The target part comparison feature can be used to highlight rest and gouge areas with different colors. 3+2 machining is supported and multiple toolpaths can be verified in a single operation.

Toolpath simulation
After generating a toolpath, users can easily inspect results with the integrated backplot and inspection tool. Controls include simulation speed and direction, visibility and translucency of tool, shaft, tool holder, and coloring of rapid moves, lead moves, and cutting moves. Use the advanced analysis tool to measure distances, or dynamically view all vital information about tools, and details such as feed/speed and estimated machining time. 3+2 machining is supported, and you can inspect multiple toolpaths in a single operation.

HSMWorks Edit
HSMWorks includes HSMWorks Edit for inspecting and manually editing NC program files. HSMWorks Edit provides a number of CNC code-specific functions, including line numbering/renumbering, XYZ range finder, and file compare. HSMWorks Edit features a DNC link for reliable RS-232 communications with a variety of CNC controls.

Milling machine simulation
Machine simulation detects collisions and near misses between all machine tool components such as axis slides, rotary tables, turrets, spindles, tool changers and fixtures. HSMWorks uses a SOLIDWORKS model of your machine tool to detect potential collisions, making it easy to modify or build new machine configurations
directly inside SOLIDWORKS.

Tool lists and setup sheets
Tool information can be specified directly using the HSMWorks tool library, or imported from hird-party tool databases. Tool lists, setup sheets and other production documents are automatically generated and can be exported in a variety of formats including HTML, XML, Microsoft® Excel, and Microsoft® Word.

Free posts, fast post processor
HSMWorks includes free posts for several industry standard machines. HSMWorks uses an exceptionally fast post processor that is flexible, open, and JavaScript based, enabling on-site customization, resulting in a significant reduction in post development time. HSMWorks comes with numerous generic post processor configurations. Each post processor is customizable to the user’s specific requirements. Our aim is to produce 100 percent ready-to-run code for your machine.

Posts included for:

  • Haas
  • Heidenhain
  • Datron
  • Fanuc
  • Hurco
  • MillPlus
  • Okuma
  • Siemens
  • Yasnac
  • and many more...

2D / 2.5D milling

2D machining can range from very basic to highly complex operations. HSMWorks solutions include the tools you need for precise control over all aspects of 2D machining, including lead in/out and transitions between passes.

Easily machine 2D and 3D contours. Control lead-in and lead-out with or without tool compensation. Choose multiple roughing and finishing passes and multiple depth cuts for any contour. Machine open and closed contours without creating additional geometry, and eliminate sharp motion with corner smoothing.

Adaptive clearing
Pocket toolpaths enable machining of closed areas with and without islands. Entry can be selected anywhere on the model and set for plunge, ramp, or at a predrilled position. The special high-speed option creates smooth toolpaths that support maximum tool engagement, significantly higher feedrates, and reduced machining time and tool life.

Drilling and hole making
HSMWorks includes powerful tools for generating drilling, counterboring, and tapping operations. All operations are optimized to minimize tool travel and overall cycle time. Both standard and customized cycles are supported for all point-to-point operations, including spot-drilling, deep drilling with chip break, and boring cycles.

Autodesk HSMWorks CAM for SOLIDWORKS drilling and hole making

3D milling

Best-in-class 3D strategies
HSMWorks strives to generate the shortest and smoothest toolpaths possible, resulting in reduced machining time, improved surface quality, less tool wear, and extended machine tool life.

In addition to the traditional pocket clearing strategy, HSMWorks features an innovative adaptive clearing strategy that reduces roughing time by a factor of 4 or more compared to conventional roughing, and increases tool life by as much as a factor of 10, depending on material hardness.

Finish paths follow part faces to create the final part shape. HSMWorks generates surface finish using machining technologies that incorporate smooth/tangent lead in/out moves to keep the tool moving in a smooth motion, helping to reduce machine wear and tool marks.

3+2 machining
All 2D and 3D strategies support 3+2 machining (5-axis positioning) by rotating the part or the head of the machine tool through a combination of A, B, and C axis motions. Create 3+2 operations by simply selecting a work plane for the operation. HSMWorks takes care of the rest by finding the most efficient rotations to orient the part. Once parts are positioned, all machining strategies are available. Tools and holders are gouge protected for all strategies that normally support this feature.

Autodesk HSMWorks CAM for SOLIDWORKS milling

Multi-axis milling

HSMWorks integrates multi-axis simultaneous machining into its milling and mill/turn environment using the same intuitive approach to toolpath programming found in our 2D/3D machining strategies.

3D toolpath tilting
Many parts contain deep cavity areas and small radii that need to be machined with small-diameter tools. With HSMWorks, these areas can
be machined effectively by automatically tilting the tool and holder away from the workpiece, enabling the use of shorter tools to reduce vibration and deflection.

Multi-axis simultaneous machining
HSMWorks offers a number of multi-axis strategies that provide the programmer with productive solutions for easily creating highly efficient multi-axis toolpaths with advanced collision control for the most complex 3D models.

Autodesk HSMWorks CAM for SOLIDWORKS drilling and hole making


Whether you are looking for a CAM system to help you improve your productivity with traditional turning operations like roughing, grooving, or finishing – or you want to start taking full advantage of your multi-axis machine tools, HSMWorks offers an intuitive approach to creating high-quality turning toolpaths.

Twin-turret, sub-spindle and mill/turn
HSMWorks supports programming twin-turret and twin-spindle lathes using all traditional turning operations. Mill/turn operations are supported when combined with the HSMWorks 2D or 3D milling option.

Traditional turning
HSMWorks features all the traditional turning toolpaths, including facing, roughing, grooving, threading, drilling, and profiling. For drilling and hole making, choose between pre-programmed machining cycles and canned cycles, or use a combination of both.

  • Facing
  • Roughing
  • Profiling
  • Grooving
  • Drilling
  • Parting

Autodesk HSMWorks CAM for SOLIDWORKS turning

Professional machining made easy and accessible

Choose the right CAM solution for your machining needs and take advantage of flexible pricing options. Download the free 2.5D solution, or a 30-day trial of our advanced 3D and 5-axis solutions today.

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