Inventor® HSM Express

Autodesk® Inventor HSM™ Express is a free CAM solution that is seamlessly integrated inside the design environment of Autodesk® Inventor® software.

The integration allows Inventor users to take advantage of the workflows and tools they expect when programming CNC toolpaths for machining projects.

Integrated CAM for Inventor

Define machining geometry and parameters by selecting entities directly from the Inventor model enables Inventor HSM to maintain full associativity between the Inventor model and machining operations. Any changes to the model are automatically reflected in the toolpath. Late design changes no longer mean missing delivery deadlines or introducing last-minute programming errors.

Toolpath Strategies

Inventor HSM Express includes all the toolpath strategies for generating milling, drilling, counterboring and tapping operations. All operations are optimized to minimize tool travel and overall cycle time. Both standard and customized cycles are supported for all point-to-point operations, including spot-drilling, deep drilling with chip break, and boring cycles.

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Integrated CAM for Inventor

Define machining geometry and parameters by selecting entities directly from the Inventor model enables Inventor HSM to maintain full associativity between the Inventor model and machining operations. Any changes to the model are automatically reflected in the toolpath. Late design changes no longer mean missing delivery deadlines or introducing last-minute programming errors.

Toolpath Strategies

Inventor HSM Express includes all the toolpath strategies for generating milling, drilling, counterboring and tapping operations. All operations are optimized to minimize tool travel and overall cycle time. Both standard and customized cycles are supported for all point-to-point operations, including spot-drilling, deep drilling with chip break, and boring cycles.

Adaptive Clearing

Adaptive Clearing, also known as Adaptive Roughing is a strategy that generates roughing/clearing toolpaths inside closed curves both with and without islands. This strategy avoids full-width cuts by progressively shaving material off the remaining stock. The generated toolpath ensures that the cutting conditions remain constant with a stable load on the tool, as a result the feedrate can be increased significantly, reducing the machining time in addition to improved surface quality, less tool wear.

Simulation

After generating a toolpath, you can inspect the result with the integrated backplot simulation tool. Using the play feature the movement of the tool is simulated. The many controls include simulation speed and direction, visibility of tool, shaft and tool holder as well as the coloring of rapid moves, lead moves and cutting moves.

Post Processing

No CAM system is complete without a post processor to convert the generated toolpath into a format understood by the CNC machine control. Inventor HSM Express uses a flexible and fast post processor based on the JavaScript programming language to perform this critical task. Inventor HSM Express comes with numerous generic post processor configurations. Each post processor is customizable to your specific requirements.

Generic post processors include Fanuc, Heidenhain, Haas, Hurco, Mazak, MillPlus, Okuma, Siemens, Yasnak, and many more.

Powerful CNC Editor

Inventor HSM Express includes a robust CNC program editor including NC functions, file-compare, CNC templates, backplotting, and serial communications for RS232 DNC transfers.

Proven CAM Technology

Inventor HSM Express is built on the same Autodesk/HSMWorks CAM technology that has been in active development for over six years. Architecture, multi-core, 64-bit

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