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New PowerMill tools for 2018

PowerMill® CAM programming tools help manufacturers generate the high-quality toolpaths that they need to produce their molds, tools, and other complex parts.

Latest updates

PowerMill users benefit from regular updates and new functionality. Learn how the latest features can help your CAM NC programming.

  • New

    Shared views (subscription only)

    Share your engineering data with key stakeholders, anywhere, anytime with cloud-connected devices. (video: 2:32 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Data exchange

    Get real-time access to the most up-to-date native CAD file translators on the Autodesk cloud.

  • Ribbon interface

    Improved user experience. Better use of the 3D view, and quick access to commonly used commands. (video: 1:44 min.)

  • Dynamic machine control in a region

    Use a virtual machine to dynamically update toolpath regions to use alternative toolaxis motion. (video: 1:27 min.)

What’s new in PowerMill 2018

PowerMill 2018 highlights include a new user interface, enhanced turning and 2D machining, improved ViewMill simulation, and additional 5-axis controls.

  • 2D strategies

    New finishing strategies cut the sidewalls and bases of 2D features as well as convex fillets. (video: 1:30 min.)

  • 3D offset with center-line

    Optionally include center-line passes to remove more stock left during 3D offset finishing. (video: 1:01 min.)

  • Stock simulation

    ViewMill rotatable mode now offers improved image quality and stock collision detection. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Editable feed rates on surfaces

    Change cutting feed rate for specific groups of surfaces for improved control of surface finish and precision. (video: 1:20 min.)

  • Editable turning toolpaths

    Edit turning toolpaths without lengthy recalculations. Limit, divide, and reorder with new lead and link controls.(video: 1:10 min.)

  • Turning collision checking

    Check turning toolpaths for collisions and near misses involving the workpiece, fixture, tool assembly, and stock. (video: 0:58 min.)

  • Turning stock models

    Apply turning toolpaths to a 3D stock model and use to drive more efficient milling toolpaths and operations.(video: 1:12 min.)

  • Blisk toolaxis control

    Combine blisk toolaxis mode with other toolpath types for increased programming choice on cylindrical parts.  (video: 1:57 min.)

PowerMill 2017

PowerMill 2017 now supports the creation of turning programs for use on mill-turn machines. An expert 3- and 5-axis CAM solution, PowerMill 2017 offers greatly improved 2.5D programming.

  • 2.5D programming

    Enhanced 2D programming tools interactively select features on your 3D model. Create safer, more reliable 2D toolpaths.

  • Turning CAM

    Calculate spun profiles and convert into turning features and toolpaths for use on 5-axis mill-turn machines.

  • Rib machining

    Tool-friendly milling of deep/thin slots. Maintain constant cutting forces, prolong tool life and minimize breakages.

  • Logical leads and links

    User-defined rules to control non-cutting links. Combine constraints for better control and reduced air-cutting.

  • Toolpath simulation controls

    Increased control of machining simulations. Visualize individual toolpath segments, leads, links, and tool changes.

  • Toolaxis limits

    Create toolpaths that automatically remain within the rotary axis limits of your virtual CNC machine tool.

  • 3D offset finishing

    Control the ordering of 3D Offset toolpaths to machine parts from the “outside in” or “inside out.”

  • Stock model accuracy

    Get increased accuracy of 3D stock models when machining components with undercuts or overhanging features.

  • Text creator

    Use an integrated text utility to create geometry for part engraving. Control text font, size, shape, and position.

  • And more

    There’s more to learn about PowerMill 2017.