Take advantage of our free 2.5 axis CAM solution, directly integrated into SOLIDWORKS®, and built using the same powerful HSM technology used in HSMWorks.


Free 2.5 axis milling and drilling applications for production-quality parts


  • Toolpaths for standard milling operations, including 2D roughing and pocketing, drilling, facing, and contouring
  • Simulation capabilities for forward and reverse material removal
  • Customizable JavaScript-based Post Processor System with industry-standard posts included
  • Powerful CNC program editor with file compare, math ops, backplotter, and communications

Toolpath strategies

HSMXpress includes all the tools you need for precise control over all aspects of 2D machining, including lead in/out and transitions between passes

  • Drilling and hole making
  • Face
  • Pocket
  • Adaptive clearing
  • Contour
  • Slot
  • Thread milling
  • Bore milling
  • Trace


HSMXpress offers several options to produce a smooth surface. Control lead-in and lead-out with or without tool compensation. Choose multiple roughing and finishing passes and multiple depth cuts for any contour. Machine open and closed contours without creating additional geometry, and eliminate sharp motion with corner smoothing.


Machine closed areas with or without islands. Entry can be selected anywhere on the model and set for plunge, ramp, or at a pre-drilled position. The special high-speed option creates smooth toolpaths that allow for maximum tool engagement, significantly higher feedrates, and reduced machining time and tool wear.

Drilling and hole making

HSMXpress includes powerful tools for generating drilling, counterboring, and tapping operations. Both standard and customized cycles are supported for all point-to-point operations, including spot-drilling, deep drilling with chip break, and boring cycles.