Autodesk continues to make good on a promise to support the SolidWorks users who rely on these CAM tools. HSMXpress continues to be free for 2.5-axis milling.
Autodesk has updated its HSMWorks line of CAM software, making good on its promise to continue to support SolidWorks users who rely on the software for their computer-aided machining. The new editions of HSMWorks and HSMXpress 2016 support SolidWorks 2016, recently released by Dassault Systemes.
HSMWorks Professional 2016 supports 3+2 strategies for CNC milling machines as well as turning support for CNC lathes. HSMWorks Premium 2016 includes all of these capabilities and adds simultaneous 5-axis machining. HSMXpress 2016 is a free product that provides 2.5-axis milling. Both solutions provide users of SolidWorks software with powerful integrated CAM tools that improve productivity of their design to manufacturing workflows.
Beyond support for SolidWorks 2016, key highlights of this release include:
- User Experience Improvements, including silhouette sketch, advanced notes visualization, improved defaults management, Albrecht and Maritool holder libraries and advanced WCS definition in-job setup.
- Toolpath Generation Improvements such as morphed spiral, rest machining for turning, stay-down linking and even step downs in adaptive clearing, engrave strategy, semi-automatic chamfering and automatic holder detection for adaptive clearing.
- Post Processing Additions, including a “CAMPlete” interface, generic Haas UMC 750, generic Haas Mill/Turn, factory tested Datron and generic Siemens turning.
HSMWorks and HSMXpress 2016 are part of a broader portfolio of advanced manufacturing solutions from Autodesk including Inventor HSM, CAM capabilities within Fusion 360, Delcam products, TruNest and TruLaser products and Factory Design Suite.