Expert 3- and 5-axis CAM

Features included in Fusion 360 with PowerMill® enable easier 3- and 5-axis programming, simulation and verification, so manufacturers can get more from their subtractive, additive and hybrid machines.

High-speed machining

  • Expert performance

    Rapid calculation of toolpaths for large or complex parts. Machine surfaces, solids or meshes. (video: 2.48 min.)

  • High-speed roughing

    Cut parts faster with high-efficiency roughing. Prolong tool life and reduce maintenance costs. (video: 3.15 min.)

  • Comprehensive finishing

    Access a vast library of toolpaths. Improve surface finish, while minimising manual polishing. (video: 3.02 min.)

  • Toolpath optimisation

    Make global or localised edits to your toolpaths without the need for lengthy recalculations. (video: 2.44 min.)

  • Hybrid manufacturing

    ULTIMATE (Subscriber benefit)

    Create, control and simulate deposition strategies for driving high-rate additive processes. (video: 2.40 min.)

  • Surface probing

    ULTIMATE (Subscriber benefit)

    Create probing toolpaths to measure parts with spindle probes. Share 3D reports with Autodesk Drive. (video: 2.07 min.)

5-axis programming

  • Efficient 3+2 programming

    Machine complex features with fewer set-up, shorter tools and more aggressive feeds and speeds. (video: 2.10 min.)

  • 5-axis machining


    Machine the most challenging parts more safely and efficiently with continuous 5-axis machining. (video: 3.24 min.)

  • Expert 5-axis control


    Make global or localised edits to 5-axis toolpaths for improved machine motion and shorter cycle times. (video: 2.50 min.)

  • Auto tool tilting

    Simplify the process of creating collision-free 5-axis toolpaths with automatic tool axis tilting.

  • Interactive collision avoidance

    Use interactive tools to help identify and repair toolpath motion that can cause collisions or near misses.

  • Automatic orientation vectors


    Improve the synchronisation between 5-axis simulations and actual NC program output.

  • Dynamic machine control


    Select multiple regions of your toolpaths; use a virtual CNC machine to dynamically apply alternative tool axis settings.

  • Comprehensive tool support

    Access tool types, including barrel cutters, and combine with 3- and 5-axis strategies to meet your machining needs.

  • Trusted NC code output

    Output high-quality NC code for your machines. Access the latest machining functions on major NC controllers.

Specialised industry solutions

  • Industrial robots


    Offline programming and simulation of robots. Analyse axis motion to reduce singularities and over-travel. (video: 2.56 min.)

  • Electrode manufacture


    Automate the design, manufacture, inspection and subsequent EDM burning of electrodes. (video: 2.47 min.)

  • Blisk and impeller machining


    Use specialised 5-strategies to machine blisks, IBRs and impellers with safe CNC machine motion. (video: 1.38 min.)

  • Blade milling


    Get dedicated tools to safely machine turbine blades, vanes and other airfoils with smooth 5-axis motion.

  • Port and manifold manufacture


    Access specialised CNC machining strategies for the production of engine ports and manifolds.

  • Rib machining


    Produce cutter-friendly toolpaths to mill ribs in moulds and dies. Use as a low-cost alternative to EDM.

Simulation and verification

  • Stock simulation

    Dynamic ViewMill provides improved image quality. New options to detect and display collisions with stock.

  • Stock analysis

    Quickly identify material left unmachined using colour-coded shading modes.

  • Automated verification

    Use a single command to verify your CAM project to find and remove collisions and near misses.

  • Analyse machine motion

    Simulate your toolpaths and NC programs using a virtual CNC machine. Highlight over-travel and rotary axis reversals.

  • Optimise machine motion

    Dynamically orientate your virtual CNC machine tool to use shorter tools and more aggressive feeds and speeds.

  • Verification exports

    Quickly transfer your NC programs and associated data to third-party verification software for added peace of mind.

More features

  • Autodesk Drive

    (Subscriber benefit)

    Securely store, preview and share PowerMill data with project stakeholders.

  • Ribbon interface

    User-friendly interface shortens the learning curve and offers customisation for more experienced programmers.

  • Machining setups

    Manage workplanes, stock and clamps when programming parts using multiple operations.

  • 2.5D programming

    Interactively create 2D features, toolpaths and NC code with control over cutter compensation.

  • Customisation and automation

    Embed your expertise into templates, macros and toolbars. Minimise programming time and human error.

  • Tooling database

    Build a searchable tool database and share across your engineering team for greater process control.

  • Shared views and setup sheets

    Share vital information with your shop-floor operators. Minimise setup time and help avoid costly mistakes.

  • Every CAD support

    Import surfaces, solids or meshes from mainstream CAD systems. Create high-quality NC code regardless of model quality.

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