Autodesk Launches PowerMill 2019 CAM with New Additive and Simplier 5-axis
PowerMill is Autodesk’s CAM solution for high-speed and five-axis machining. It offers a comprehensive range of strategies and powerful editing tools to ensure efficient, safe and accurate machining, especially for companies that are using sophisticated CNC machine tools to produce complex shapes in challenging materials. PowerMill is used in a wide range of industries but is particularly successful in mold, tool and die, complex aerospace and automotive applications.
The release of PowerMill 2019 focuses on three key areas of development:
- Enhancing existing functionality for high-efficiency machining;
- Adding technology from the wider family of Autodesk software that can benefit PowerMill users;
- Developing completely new technology to allow PowerMill to support new processes
To meet the growing trend for CNC machine tools that offer both additive and subtractive capabilities, PowerMill 2019 provides a dedicated suite of additive strategies and simulation tools. These are specifically designed to solve the unique challenges of programming these hybrid machines. PowerMill can generate safe and efficient toolpaths to drive directed energy deposition (DED) processes that utilize wire-fed or powder-blown hardware.
These are not simply subtractive toolpaths in reverse, instead PowerMill offers highly specialized 3- and 5-axis programs that can be used to reliably build entire components from scratch. Alternatively, localized features or surface coatings can be applied to existing parts, allowing components to be enhanced or repaired. Of course, being PowerMill, manufacturers have instant access to a vast library of subtractive manufacturing strategies meaning critical features can be CNC machined where needed.
5-axis collision avoidance
For five-axis programming, PowerMill’s collision avoidance tools have been further improved. A new “automatic tool-axis tilting” method for collision avoidance simplifies hugely the programming of five-axis machines. The new option provides a single solution that helps generate smooth and safe five-axis motion for all model shapes and toolpath types, making it as easy to create five-axis programs as it is three-axis code.
As with previous releases of PowerMill, Autodesk is offering a free, 30-day trial of PowerMill Ultimate 2019. Those wishing to see how PowerMill can help transform their manufacturing precesses can download the free trial, by visiting www.autodesk.com/powermill-free-trial
To learn more about PowerMill visit www.autodesk.com/powermill.