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CAD/CAM

What is CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) refers to computer software that is used to both design and manufacture products.

CAD is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate tool paths that drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is most often used for machining of prototypes and finished parts.

Autodesk CAM solutions

HSMWorks and Inventor HSM software are integrated CAM solutions. Whether you are producing prototypes or finished parts, these products put you in control by delivering:

Integration

Seamless integration with Inventor 3D CAD software and SolidWorks offers an intuitive user experience.

Performance

Native multicore, 64-bit CAM engine makes easier work of the most demanding tool path calculations and post-processing jobs.

Quality

Efficient tool paths reduce cycle time, reduce machine and tool wear, and produce the highest-quality finished parts.

Featured CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360
Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tools for product development.
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Product Design & Manufacturing Collection
Complete your CAD/CAM workflow with an essential set of product design and engineering tools.
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Inventor 3D CAD, CAM and 3D mechanical design software

Inventor
Design, visualize, and simulate your products before they are built with Inventor software.
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AutoCAD software for 3D CAD drawing

AutoCAD
Design every detail with AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design platforms.
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PowerShape CAD software for modeling for manufacturing

PowerShape
CAD software combining the strengths of surface, solid, and mesh modeling for manufacture.
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PowerMill CAM software for milling and machining

PowerMill
CAM software providing milling strategies for high-speed and 5-axis machining.
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FeatureCAM

FeatureCAM
CAM automation tools for CNC programming.
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PowerInspect is 3D inspection software for CAM and manufacturing

PowerInspect
Inspect complex free-form surfaces across all hardware.
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Autodesk HSM for offer integrated CAM workflows

Autodesk HSM
Get integrated CAM workflows with the ability to work natively in Inventor and SolidWorks.
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Netfabb additive manufacturing and design software

Netfabb
Additive manufacturing and design software.
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trunest is 3D inspection software for CAM and manufacturing

TruNest
Nesting software for composites, sheet metal, wood, plastics, glass, cloth and leather.
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CAM tools through ADN

Autodesk has partnered with CAM industry leaders to provide customers access to the tools they need. AutoCAD and Inventor software are fully interoperable with manufacturing products such as EdgeCAM or InventorCAM, GibbsCAM, and MasterCAM.

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) offers a variety of CAM tools that work with Inventor and AutoCAD. With more than 1,000 partners for AutoCAD alone, ADN offers a full range of manufacturing-partner products.

Free software for students & educators

We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same 2D drafting and drawing software as top professionals around the world.
 

Free software for nonprofits

Are you a nonprofit or entrepreneur working to create positive impact through design? Learn more about our Technology Impact Program and see if you qualify for free design and engineering software.