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Autodesk Introduces 2017 CAM Products

Autodesk has launched its 2017 CAM products for a variety of manufacturing applications ranging from CNC (computer numerically controlled) mill- and lathe-programming to mold and die manufacturing.

According to the company, Autodesk’s 2017 CAM solutions include enhanced versions of FeatureCAM for automating CNC programming; PartMaker for precision part manufacturing with Swiss-type lathes; PowerMill for designing the most complex molds, dies and other components; PowerShape for the design of 3D complex parts; and PowerInspect hardware-independent inspection software.

FeatureCAM 2017 has new automation tools, programming consistency, import capabilities for product and manufacturing information and pre-drilling for Vortex toolpaths.

PowerMill 2017 adds turning routines for 5-axis mill-turn machines and more efficient 3D offset finishing toolpaths.

Users of PowerShape now have a new rib capping tools for EDM technology and an electrode wizard.

PowerInspect 2017  expands support for portable measuring equipment, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and On Machine Verification (OMV) are offered in a single package for PowerInspect Ultimate users. This improves productivity and flexibility by making it easier for operators to select the most appropriate measuring equipment for each job, the company states.

“Manufacturers need to iterate and innovate faster than ever before to stay competitive as the marketplace is redefined by a new future of making things,” said Mark Forth, manager of Manufacturing Industry Strategy at Autodesk. “Autodesk’s new 2017 CAM products are designed to help our customers learn, improve and master advanced manufacturing techniques that ultimately lead to better designed and functional products being brought to market more quickly and efficiently.”

For more information, visit Autodesk.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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