Inventor® CAM

Integrated CAM software for Inventor simplifies CNC programming processes

Available only in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection


Note: Inventor CAM requires Inventor. If you don’t have Inventor, you can download a free trial.


Download 2.5-axis CAM for milling and drilling applications in Inventor or SOLIDWORKS and start cutting parts today.

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Turn your ideas into machined parts using a familiar interface

Inventor® CAM software simplifies the machining workflow with CAD-embedded 2.5-axis to 5-axis milling, turning, and mill-turn capabilities.

Inventor CAM overview video (1:33 min.)

Inventor CAM is available only in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection provides the tools you need for the design and manufacturing of your products. The collection includes:

  • Inventor
  • Inventor Nesting
  • Inventor Tolerance Analysis
  • And more

Inventor CAM features

Video: Improve roughing performance with adaptive clearing

Adaptive clearing

Reduce roughing time by a factor of 4 or more compared to conventional roughing and increase tool life. (video: 3:43 min.)

Video: 2.5- and 3-axis machining

2.5- and 3-axis milling

Create toolpaths with powerful technology, such as 3D adaptive clearing, and the industry’s most complete package of finishing toolpaths. (video: 1:49 min.)

Video: Multi-axis CAM programming

4- and 5-axis milling

Simultaneous 4- and 5-axis features for machining complex models include tilt, multi-axis contour, and swarf. (video: 1:52 min.)

Video: Turning and mil-turn functions

Turning and mill-turn

Improve productivity with traditional turning, facing, grooving, and boring functions. Includes support for live tooling mill-turning. (video: 2:10 min.)

  • AnyCAD in Inventor

    Design changes in the source CAD system get automatically updated downstream in drawings and toolpaths.

  • Waterjet, plasma, and laser cutting

    Generate 2D profile cutting paths quickly with the ability to add all contours in the same plane, add tabs, and specify quality settings.

  • Probing

    Automatically avoid collisions between your part and tool holders during CNC calculations.

  • Tool holder avoidance

    Multiprocessor/multicore CPU support reduces toolpath calculation times, especially on large or complex designs.

  • Slope machining

    Control cutter engagement by using slope angles to minimize tool deflection and improve finish.

  • Stock and toolpath simulation

    See stock being removed, and check for shaft and clamp/fixture collisions.

  • CNC output edit

    Perform common text edits to NC program files.

  • Analysis tools

    Measure distances or dynamically view vital information, such as feed/speed and estimated machining time.


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