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Modeling software for molds, tools, and complex parts

PowerShape® CAD software helps manufacturers import, fix, and prepare complex models in readiness for CNC machining. Use PowerShape 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.)


  • Autodesk Drive
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    Save model data to Autodesk Drive, a personal cloud site. Organize data into folders and allow team members to review and collaborate.

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  • Shared views
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    Share secure 3D views of your model data with key project stakeholders. Use a browser to view anywhere, anytime on cloud-connected devices.

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  • Ribbon interface

    Improved interface and user experience with enriched tooltips. Quickly access commonly used commands and discover unused features.

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  • Sketch with parameters

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

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  • Extend primitives

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

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  • Every CAD support

    Import neutral and third-party files from mainstream CAD systems. Import surfaces, solids, or meshes into PowerShape Standard, Premium, or Ultimate.

  • 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.

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.)

  • Direct tool modeling

    Use Direct Modeling to make major changes to solid models without the use of a solid history. (video: 2:13 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 them from accessing slots that will be produced with EDM. (video: 1:27 min.)

  • Mold-base design


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

  • Complex electrode modeling


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

  • Multi-impression electrodes


    Burn multiple features with the same electrode. Combine rough and finish forms onto a single 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.

Reverse engineering

  • Mesh Doctor


    Find and fix common faults seen in imported STL meshes. Remove overlapping regions and fill gaps with tangential triangles. (video: 47 sec.)

  • Mesh outline curve

    Produce a 3D curve representing the outline of STL meshes and use to assist with surface and solid modeling.
    (video: 30 sec.)

  • Import scan data


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

  • Reverse engineering


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

  • Mesh alignment


    Automatically align meshes with other triangle models, surfaces, or solids. Get instant feedback on the accuracy of the alignment.

  • Morphing compensation


    Use morphing to counter the effects of gravity and stress relief on your production parts. Improve yields and reduce quality-related concessions.

  • Mesh modeling


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

  • 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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