Autodesk HSM Ultimate offers advanced milling and turning capabilities directly integrated into SOLIDWORKS®. Take advantage of our desktop subscription program to access these features at a fraction of the cost, and stay current with product updates and free posts for all industry-standard machines.

Integrated CAM for SolidWorks


2.5D, advanced 3D and 5-Axis milling, plus turning and mill-turn applications

Best-in-class 3D strategies
Autodesk HSM strives to generate the shortest and smoothest toolpaths possible, resulting in reduced machining time, improved surface quality, less tool wear, and extended machine tool life.

Autodesk HSM generates surface finish using machining technologies that incorporate smooth/tangent lead in/out moves to keep the tool moving in a smooth motion, helping to reduce machine wear and tool marks.

3+2 machining
All 2D and 3D strategies support 3+2 machining (5-axis positioning) by rotating the part or the head of the machine tool through a combination of A, B, and C axis motions. Create 3+2 operations by simply selecting a work plane for the operation. Autodesk HSM takes care of the rest by finding the most efficient rotations to orient the part. Once parts are positioned, all machining strategies are available. Tools and holders are gouge protected for all strategies that normally support this feature.

3D toolpath tilting
Many parts contain deep cavity areas and small radii that need to be machined with small-diameter tools. With Autodesk HSM, these areas can be machined effectively by automatically tilting the tool and holder away from the workpiece, enabling the use of shorter tools to reduce vibration and deflection.

5-axis milling
Autodesk HSM includes advanced 5-axis features include swarf for machining using the side of the tool, multiaxis contour for machining along a contact curve, multiaxis flow for using tooltip along a surface, and 3D toolpath tilting to reach deep cavity areas and small radii.

Twin-turret, sub-spindle and mill/turn
Autodesk HSM supports programming twin-turret and twin-spindle lathes using all traditional turning operations. Mill/turn operations are supported as well.

Traditional turning
Autodesk HSM features all the traditional turning toolpaths, including facing, roughing, grooving, threading, drilling, and profiling. For drilling and hole making, choose between pre-programmed machining cycles and canned cycles, or use a combination of both.