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Integrated CAM for SOLIDWORKS and Inventor

Inventor CAM and HSMWorks CAM software simplify the machining workflow with CAD-embedded 2.5-axis to 5-axis milling, turning, and mill-turn capabilities. Available only as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.

Inventor CAM features

New features

  • Adaptive Clearing

    Reduce roughing time by a factor of 4 or more compared to conventional roughing, and increase tool life. (video: 3:46 min.)

  • CAD/CAM integration

    Use the familiar tools and user interface in Inventor or SOLIDWORKS software. (video: 1:27 min.)

  • AnyCAD in Inventor

    Design changes in the source CAD system get automatically updated downstream in drawings and toolpaths. (video: 57 sec.)

  • Fast toolpath calculation time

    Multiprocessor/multicore CPU support reduces toolpath calculation times, especially on large or complex designs. (video: 1:03 min.)

  • 2.5-axis machining

    Strategies for 2D machining on flat planes. Included in the free express and regular versions of HSMWorks and Inventor CAM. (video: 1:59 min.)

  • 3-axis milling and 3+2 positioning

    Choose from several 3-axis styles, or select a work plane, and perform 3+2 axis positioning with the same CAM strategies. (video: 2:05 min.)

  • Multiaxis operations

    Simultaneous 4- and 5-axis features for machining complex models include multiaxis contouring and 3D toolpath tilting. (video: 2:10 min.)

  • Turning and mill-turn

    Improve productivity with traditional turning, facing, grooving, and boring functions. Includes support for live tooling mill-turning. (video: 2:24 min.)

  • 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. (video: 1 min.)

  • Probing

    Automatically avoid collisions between your part and tool holders during CNC calculations. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Tool holder avoidance

    Include the tool holder in cutter path calculations to prevent collisions, with options to pull away, trim, detect tool length, or abort if interference occurs. (video: 1:58 min.)

  • Engraving shapes and text

    Carve shapes or text into parts, using a chamfer tool. (video: 44 sec.)

  • 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.

See Inventor CAM in action

Video: R Mac full-service job shop


Small-batch custom products

Full-service manufacturer of small-batch custom products harnesses the flexibility of integrated CAD/CAM, and turns the customers’ 3D data, drawings, or ideas into reality.

Video: Making race car parts in record time


Creating customized race car components

Racing team uses Inventor CAM to create its own dragster components. Doing so is more flexible and less expensive than buying off-the-shelf components.

Video: Creating medical implants


Medical implant manufacturing at scale

Medical implant maker uses Inventor CAM to create toolpaths for complex designs, enabling the company to bring medical implant manufacturing in-house.

Try Inventor CAM for free for 30 days


Download a free 30-day trial of our advanced 2.5- to 5-axis CNC milling and turning solutions for Inventor or SOLIDWORKS.


Download 2.5-axis CAM for milling and drilling applications in Inventor or SOLIDWORKS and start cutting parts today.

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