What’s new in PowerMill 2022

Fusion 360 with PowerMill® 2022 CAM software offers enhanced machining of flat regions on parts, improved Constant-Z undercut machining, new collision avoidance for rotary and 4-axis toolpaths, and more.

  • Video: Finishing toolpaths can automatically exclude flat surfaces so they can be machined separately using flat bottom tools

    Finishing toolpaths exclude flats

    Automatically exclude planar surfaces from certain finishing toolpaths so they can be machined separately. (video: 1:20 min.)

  • Video: The quality of flat machining toolpaths has been improved resulting in more accurate parts, especially in internal corners

    Flat machining

    Improved flat area detection creates more accurate Raster and 3D Offset finishing toolpaths. (video: 1:30 min.)

  • Video: Constant Z finishing now uses more accurate 5-axs collision avoidance to machine parts that contain undercut geometry

    Constant Z with undercuts

    Simplify machining parts with undercuts by using Constant Z with improved collision avoidance. (video: 1:03 min.)

  • Video: 4-axis and rotary toolpaths can now be processed with constrained automatic collision avoidance for added safety

    4-axis collision avoidance

    Automatic collision avoidance can now be used with 4-axis and rotary toolpaths for increased safety. (video: 1:28 min.)

  • Video: Projection ranges help control the extents of projection toolpaths and can stop them from over or under machining parts

    Projection ranges

    Access advanced settings to control the extents of Surface and Curve Projection toolpaths. (video: 1:13 min.)

  • Video: Staggered start points can be automatically applied to toolpaths that contain closed passes

    Staggered start points

    Redistribute toolpath start points for smoother machine motion and improved surface finish. (video: 1:23 min.)

PowerMill 2021

  • Video showing how to use PowerMill’s dynamic machine control functionality for area clearance toolpaths.

    Roughing collision avoidance

    Automatic collision avoidance using 5-axis machine motion is now available for area clearance toolpaths. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Video showing how to use PowerMill’s dynamic machine control functionality for area clearance toolpaths.

    DMC for area clearance

    Use dynamic machine control in PowerMill to edit the tool axis for localized regions of area clearance toolpaths. (video: 1:18 min.)

  • Video showing PowerMill performance improvements when identifying colliding toolpath sections.

    Faster collision drawing

    The calculation and display of colliding toolpath sections is now multi-threaded and up to 68% faster. (video: 4:09 min.)

  • Speed improvements

    Start machining parts sooner with faster toolpath calculations, shorter project opening times, and more. (video: 1:05 min.)

  • Faster model filleting

    Model filleting respects active boundaries, resulting in up to 90% reduction in calculation times. (video: 1:33 min.)

  • Additive updates

    Improved strategies include faster profiling and new alternating raster option for stronger parts. (video: 53 sec.)

  • Steep and Shallow ordering

    Enhanced “top first” ordering of toolpaths in PowerMill including steep and shallow produces safer, more reliable results.

  • Improved arc fitting

    More accurate toolpath arc fitting improves machine motion, reduces cycle time, and increases part quality.

  • Safer collision avoidance

    Automatic tool axis updates using "edit within region" now produces better quality results up to 98% faster.

  • Steep and Shallow enhancements

    Improvements to Steep and Shallow finishing result in increased surface finish quality.

  • Smoother collision avoidance

    Automatic collision avoidance now finds and avoids more issues, with safer, smoother 5-axis motion.

  • Safer Optimized Constant Z

    Constant Z toolpaths produce better quality outcomes, including in cases where form tools are used.

  • Combined profile and raster DED

    Combine profile and raster strategies in a single toolpath for better-quality additively manufactured parts.

PowerMill 2020

  • Speed enhancements

    Reduce programming time with faster toolpath calculation, simulation, and verification.

  • Faster leads and links

    Leads and links calculations now use multi-threading for even faster processing times.

  • Uphill corner finishing

    Machine steep corners with uphill cutting for more stable cut conditions and better surface finish.

  • More model export options

    Export CAD models using a wider selection of file formats to improve collaboration across teams.

  • PowerMill Viewer

    View, analyze, and simulate project content on multiple computers at no additional cost.

  • Improved model filleting

    Automatically add fillets to internal corners in finishing toolpaths to help minimize damaging tools.

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