Autodesk Announces HSMWorks and HSMXpress 2016

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The newest version of the family of Autodesk HSMWorks products, the company’s fully integrated Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) solutions supporting SolidWorks 2016 was announced today. HSMWorks and HSMXpress 2016 are part of a broader portfolio of advanced manufacturing solutions from Autodesk including Inventor HSM, CAM capabilities within Fusion 360, Delcam products, TruNest and TruLaser products and Factory Design Suite.

HSMWorks Professional 2016 supports 3+2 strategies for CNC milling machines as well as turning support for CNC lathes. HSMWorks Premium 2016 includes all of these capabilities and adds simultaneous 5-axis machining. HSMXpress 2016 is a free product that provides 2.5-axis milling. Both solutions provide users of SolidWorks software with powerful integrated CAM tools that improve productivity of their design to manufacturing workflows.

“We are committed to providing ongoing support for all of our HSM CAM products, regardless of our customers’ chosen design software,” said Al Whatmough, product manager for Autodesk HSM CAM products. “This latest release gives SolidWorks users access to a truly integrated CAM solution.”

In addition to supporting users of SolidWorks 2016, key highlights of this release include:

  • User Experience Improvements, including silhouette sketch, advanced notes visualization, improved defaults management, Albrecht and Maritool holder libraries and advanced WCS definition in-job setup.
  • Toolpath Generation Improvements such as morphed spiral, rest machining for turning, stay-down linking and even step downs in adaptive clearing, engrave strategy, semi-automatic chamfering and automatic holder detection for adaptive clearing.
  • Post Processing Additions, including a CAMPlete interface, generic Haas UMC 750, generic Haas Mill/Turn, factory tested Datron and generic Siemens turning.

  HSMW 2016 BAC 2_5D_1The integrated workflow in HSMWorks lets you create tool paths right from the SOLIDWORKS design environment. 

  HSMW 2016 Machine Sim_2HSMWorks supports machine simulation for all 2.5D, advanced 3D and 5 Axis milling applications.

  HSMW_5AXIS_2HSMWorks’ 3+2 and 5 Axis brings CAD and CAM together for a truly integrated design to manufacturing solution inside SOLIDWORKS.

More information about HSMWorks and HSMXpress is available at


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