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Modeling software for molds, tools, and complex parts

Fusion 360 with PowerShape® helps manufacturers import, fix, and prepare complex models for CNC machining. Use it as a modeling companion to get more from PowerMill CAM software.

Modeling for manufacture

  • CAM modeling companion

    Create CAM-specific geometry and use with PowerMill for enhanced control of your CNC machines. (video: 2:25 min.)

  • Import, analyze, and repair

    Analyze imported CAD models to identify and fix faults that could complicate downstream processes. (video: 2:12 min.)

  • Tolerant solid modeling

    Convert imported CAD designs into models ready for CAM programming–even if the model is faulty. (video: 1:34 min.)

  • Flexible surface modeling

    Produce the most complex geometry using powerful surface creation and manipulation tools. (video: 1:56 min.)

  • Direct modeling

    Make major changes quickly to imported solid models without the need for a solid history. (video: 2:13 min.)

  • Shared views

    (Subscription only)

    Share 3D views of model data with stakeholders. View anywhere, anytime on cloud-connected devices. (video: 2:18 min.)

  • Autodesk Drive

    (Subscription only)

    Save model data to Autodesk Drive, a personal cloud site. Organize data and let team members review and collaborate.

  • Ribbon interface

    Improved user experience with enriched tooltips. Quickly access common commands and discover unused features.

  • Accessibility shading

    Check the machinability of complex parts. Identify undercut features that require 3+2 or 5-axis machining.

  • Sketch with parameters

    Use parameters and mathematical expressions to construct 2D sketches and solid models.

  • Extend primitives

    Extend the edges of primitive surfaces or solids with a single command dynamically or by a user-defined distance.

  • GUI customization

    Customize the PowerShape interface to add shortcuts to the quick access toolbar and ribbon interface.

  • Lightweight holes

    Identify additional hole features found in complex models imported without a solid modeling history.

  • Cage morphing

    Use a 3D control cage to distort the size and shape of surface, solid, and mesh models.

  • Assembly modeling

    Define libraries of component and form complex assemblies using drag-and-drop attachment points.

  • Nesting

    Automatically nest groups of wireframe geometry into pre-defined outer boundaries.

  • Curve wrapping/unwrapping

    Wrap curves onto 3D surface and sold models. Unwrap 3D curves to produce 2D outlines for trimming applications.

  • Every CAD support

    Import neutral and third-party files from mainstream CAD systems into PowerShape.

Mold, tool, and die

  • Core and cavity splitting

    Split models into core and cavity halves, including parting surfaces, sliders, and shut-out faces. (video: 2:06 min.)

  • Electrode wizard

    Automate electrode design for EDM. Add clearance, extensions, holder geometry, and spark gaps. (video: 2:12 min.)

  • Rib capping

    Avoid damaging cutting tools by preventing access to slots that will be produced with EDM. (video: 1:27 min.)

  • Complex electrode modeling

    Combine Direct Modeling tools with the PowerShape electrode wizard to create complex electrodes with vector burning.

  • Multi-impression electrodes

    Burn multiple EDM features with a single roughing and finishing electrode for improved productivity.

  • Automated electrode machining

    Connect with PowerMill and apply user-defined machining templates to families of electrodes for automatic CAM programming.

  • Integrated electrode inspection

    Connect with PowerInspect to validate the size and position of the electrode during CNC machining and subsequent EDM.

  • Connect your EDM hardware

    Interface with shop-floor hardware to automate the EDM process and avoid human setup errors.

  • Replace solid face

    Replace faces on solid models with a single command, and reduce the time needed to incorporate design changes.

  • Solid from text

    Create multiple 3D solid extrusions using 2D text. Combine with TrueType fonts to simplify text additions to models.

  • Specialist press-die surfaces

    Simplify the creation of highly complex addendum and parting surfaces, used in the design of press tools.

  • Mold-base design

    Use built-in catalogs to complete the mold-base design. Add sliding cores, lifters, mold locks, and cooling circuits.

Reverse engineering

  • Import scan data

    PowerShape integrates with scanning devices to capture complex parts and convert into 3D models. (video: 2:13 min.)

  • Mesh Doctor

    Find and fix common faults seen in imported STL meshes to avoid potential issues downstream. (video: 47 sec.)

  • Reverse engineering

    Use reverse engineering tools to convert STL meshes into wireframe, surfaces, and solid models. (video: 2:23 min.)

  • Mesh alignment

    Accurately align meshes automatically with other triangle models, surfaces, or solids.

  • Mesh outline curve

    Produce a 3D curve representing the outline of STL meshes and use to assist with surface and solid modeling.

  • Mesh modeling

    Access tools to manipulate large STL meshes. Fix gaps, smooth regions, and combine with surface and solid data.

  • Interactive triangle modeling

    Interactively sketch triangles to close complex holes found in STL meshes.

  • Morphing compensation

    Use morphing to counter the effects of gravity and stress relief on parts, reducing quality-related concessions.

  • Adding textures

    Add logos and badges to your 3D model. Wrap repeating patterns of textures onto entire models or localized regions.

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