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What is CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) refers to computer software that is used to both design and manufacture products.

CAD is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate tool paths that drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is most often used for machining of prototypes and finished parts.

Autodesk CAM solutions

HSMWorks and Inventor HSM software are integrated CAM solutions. Whether you are producing prototypes or finished parts, these products put you in control by delivering:

  • Integration—Seamless integration with Inventor 3D CAD software and SolidWorks offers an intuitive user experience.
  • Performance—Native multicore, 64-bit CAM engine makes easier work of the most demanding tool path calculations and post-processing jobs.
  • Quality—Efficient tool paths reduce cycle time, reduce machine and tool wear, and produce the highest-quality finished parts.

Featured software

HSMWorks and HSMXpress offer integrated CAM workflows
HSMWorks and HSMXpress
Get integrated CAM workflows with the ability to work natively in SolidWorks.
Inventor HSM offers an integrated CAM solution

Inventor HSM
Combine CAM powered by HSMWorks and Inventor 3D CAD software in one integrated solution.
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Inventor HSM Express is free 2 1/2 axis CAM software

Inventor HSM Express
Inventor HSM Express is free 2 1/2 axis CAM software.
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Inventor HSM Express is free 2 1/2 axis CAM software

Fusion 360
A cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development.
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Product Design Suite offers software for your entire CAD/CAM product design workflow

Product Design Suite
Product Design Suite offers a set of design, visualization, and simulation software for your entire CAD/CAM product design workflow.
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Inventor 3D CAD and 3D mechanical design software

Design, visualize, and simulate your products before they are built with Inventor software.
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AutoCAD software for 3D CAD drawings

Design every detail with AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design platforms.
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CAM tools through ADN

Autodesk has partnered with CAM industry leaders to provide customers access to the tools they need. AutoCAD and Inventor software are fully interoperable with manufacturing products such as EdgeCAM or InventorCAM, GibbsCAM, and MasterCAM.

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) offers a variety of CAM tools that work with AutoCAD and Inventor. With more than 1,000 partners for AutoCAD alone, ADN offers a full range of manufacturing-partner products.

Digital Prototyping

Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping tools help engineers and designers experience their 3D CAD designs virtually, before they’re built. By connecting every phase of your design process through a single digital model, our Digital Prototyping solution lets your teams test and optimize 3D CAD designs, helping to drive innovation, achieve higher quality, and speed time to market.