Portfolio Encompasses Additive, Subtractive Manufacturing Solutions

In September, Autodesk brought together Delcam, HSM, Netfabb and Majestic Systems as a portfolio of solutions for both additive and subtractive manufacturing, spanning CAM, additive manufacturing, composites, robotics fabrication, factory layout, inspection and modeling.

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In September, Autodesk brought together Delcam, HSM, Netfabb and Majestic Systems as a portfolio of solutions for both additive and subtractive manufacturing, spanning CAM, additive manufacturing, composites, robotics fabrication, factory layout, inspection and modeling. According to the company, this combination of solutions makes modular and scalable manufacturing solutions available to manufacturers of all sizes and enables customers to solve complex manufacturing challenges and seamlessly connect design to machining.

CAM solutions include FeatureCAM for automating CNC programming; PartMaker for precision part manufacturing with Swiss-type lathes; HSMWorks for integrated CAM; PowerMill for designing complex molds, dies and other components; PowerShape for the design of 3D complex parts; and PowerInspect hardware-independent inspection software. In addition, Fusion 360, the centerpiece of the company’s cloud-based product innovation platform, combines CAD, CAM and CAE in a single package. It allows users to take designs all the way to production with included 3D-printing capabilities as well as toolpath technology for milling machines, turning centers and waterjets.

For the moldmaking industry, PowerMill 2017 includes the following new features: more efficient 3D offset finishing toolpaths; greater simulation controls; and constraint-based logic to optimize non-cutting link moves for safer, more efficient machining. This version also provides strategies to create turning routines for use on five-axis mill-turn machines.

PowerShape 2017 offers these improvements: accessibility shading to identify areas of a part that cannot be machined with three-axis machining alone; a new rib capping tool that allows EDM users to automatically create surfaces in order to stop cutting tools from machining slots that will be produced by EDM; improved EDM hardware integration for shopfloor burning through the software’s electrode wizard; and improved fitting of surfaces to imported triangle meshes for regular users of reverse engineering tools.

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