The Wait is Over – Autodesk introduces Next Generation Integrated CAM for Inventor

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After two months in public beta and collecting a wealth of invaluable user feedback, next generation integrated CAM for Inventor is here with the commercial availability of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express.

Last October, Autodesk announced it was entering the CAM market with the acquisition of HSMWorks, a developer of integrated CAM solutions for SolidWorks software. Since then, Autodesk announced their intention to integrate the HSMWorks CAM technology across their entire portfolio of desktop and cloud based design tools. The release of Inventor HSM Express reinforces Autodesk’s commitment to the CAM market and to delivering solutions that appeal to the broadest range of users – from designers and engineers to veteran CNC programmers – regardless of their CAD tool of choice.

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Integrated CAM fro Inventor

“We are excited to be able to provide users of Inventor with the same level of integration, performance, and quality currently enjoyed by users of our HSMWorks and HSMXpress CAM solutions,” said Carl White, Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Autodesk.

Autodesk Inventor HSM Express is a free* CAM solution that is seamlessly integrated inside the design environment of Autodesk Inventor software. Inventor HSM Express integrates powerful CNC programming tools inside existing Inventor user interface, providing users with the ability to produce code for CNC machining centers inside their existing Inventor workflow.

The public beta trial of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express had 850+ participants across 56 countries. Highlights from the beta include:

  • 800+ blog posts in the forum asking questions and sharing enthusiasm and tips and
  • Students made up one fifth of overall beta participants
  • 56% of all beta participants classified themselves as designers and/or engineers

What Beta Participants Had to Say:

We just purchased Autodesk Product Design Suite and are thinking Inventor might help us with 3D design. If this CAM can be set-up to be used with our machine, I can see great possibilities.

John Wilson, Skyline Cabinets

I can’t express my excitement to see Autodesk finally incorporating a CAM utility into one of their pieces of software. I went through the requested tasks for this Beta of HSM Express and I was very pleased. I can’t wait to see how this software will progress.

Thomas Gammon, Elrod and Company, LLC

“It’s great to see Autodesk taking CAM seriously at last.”

Dave Whiteley, Envisage UK Ltd

Autodesk Inventor HSM Express is available immediately, for free, and both English and German languages will be supported. To experience how CAM is becoming more automated, better integrated with design software and increasingly user-friendly, click here. In this video, hear Autodesk executives discuss this exciting news:

To download Inventor HSM Express, visit

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.