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PowerMill 2018: Expert high-speed and 5-axis CAM

New features in PowerMill® 2018 make 3- and 5-axis machining safer and easier, giving manufacturers greater confidence to run their CNC machines unsupervised.

High-speed machining

  • Expert performance

    Rapid calculation of toolpaths for large or complex parts. Machine surfaces, solids, or meshes. (video: 2:53 min.)

  • High-speed roughing

    Cut parts faster with high-efficiency roughing. Prolong tool life and reduce maintenance costs. (video: 3:20 min.)

  • Comprehensive finishing

    Access a vast library of toolpaths. Improve surface finish, while minimizing manual polishing. (video: 3:07 min.)

  • Toolpath optimization

    Make global or localized edits to your toolpaths without the need for lengthy recalculations. (video: 2:49 min.)

  • New | Ribbon interface

    Improved interface and user experience. Make better use of the 3D view, and quickly access commonly used commands.

  • 2.5D programming

    Interactively create 2D features, toolpaths, and NC code. Automatically check for collisions and minimize air cutting.

  • Rib machining


    Produce cutter-friendly toolpaths to mill ribs in molds and dies. Use as a low-cost alternative to EDM.

  • Every CAD support

    Import surfaces, solids, or meshes from mainstream CAD systems. Create high-quality NC code regardless of model quality.

5-axis programming for multi-axis machines

  • 5-axis machining


    Choose from a range of toolaxis modes. Includes auto-collision avoidance.
    (video: 3:29 min.)

  • Expert 5-axis control


    Control your 5-axis machine to improve machine motion and part quality.
    (video: 2:55 min.)

  • Efficient 3+2 programming

    Machine difficult-to-reach features with fewer setups, shorter tools, and more aggressive feeds and speeds.

  • Comprehensive tool support

    Access a comprehensive suite of tool types and combine with 3- and 5-axis strategies to meet your machining needs.

  • Enhanced | Dynamic machine control in region


    Select multiple regions of your toolpaths, use a virtual CNC machine to dynamically apply alternative toolaxis settings

Industry machining solutions

  • Electrode manufacture


    Automate the manufacture of electrodes for EDM. Define machining templates and apply to families of parts. (video: 2:52 min.)

  • Industrial robots


    Offline programming and simulation of robots. Analyze axis motion to reduce singularities and over-travel.
    (video: 3:00 min.)

  • Turning CAM

    Gain turning strategies for use on 5-axis mill-turn machines. Combine with milling toolpaths for fewer machine setups.

  • Blisk and impeller machining


    Use 5-axis machining to produce blisks, IBRs, and impellers. Create smoother roughing and finishing toolpaths.

  • Enhanced | Turning improvements

    Make edits to turning toolpaths without lengthy recalculation. Check for collisions and apply to 3D stock model.

  • Blade milling


    Get tools to machine turbine blades, vanes, and other airfoils. Use specialized toolpaths with smooth 5-axis motion.

  • Port and manifold manufacture


    Use 5-axis milling to cut ports. Control engagement angle and cutter push off, and minimize manual polishing.

Expert control and optimization

  • Link control

    Control noncutting toolpath connection moves. Minimize air cutting, avoid dwell marks, and improve surface finish.

  • Customization and automation

    Embed your expertise into templates, macros, and toolbars. Minimize programming time and human error.

  • Tooling database

    Build a searchable tool database and share across your engineering team for greater process control.

  • Setup sheets

    Share vital information with your shop-floor operators. Minimize setup time, and help avoid costly mistakes.

Machine simulation and verification

  • Enhanced | Stock simulation

    Dynamic ViewMill now provides improved image quality. New options to detect and display collisions with stock.

  • Collision checking and avoidance

    Get tools to find and remove collisions and near misses. Analyze your entire CAM project for greater confidence.

  • Machine simulation

    Simulate your toolpaths and NC programs using a virtual CNC machine. Highlight over-travel and rotary axis reversals.

  • Optimizing machine motion

    Dynamically orientate your virtual CNC machine tool to use shorter tools and more aggressive feeds and speeds.

  • Verification exports

    Quickly transfer your NC programs and associated data to third-party verification software for added peace of mind.

  • Trusted NC code output

    Output high-quality NC code for your machines. Access the latest machining functions on major NC controllers.