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Magna Advanced Technologies PowerMill and PowerShape CAD/CAM tools

Magna Advanced Technologies

Magna Advanced Technologies produces prototypes and tooling for the highly competitive automotive market. PowerMill and PowerShape enable the firm to design and manufacture complex parts faster while conserving capital expenditure.

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SandFlo Golf uses Fusion software

SandFlo Golf Putters

SandFlo golf uses Fusion 360 for end-to-end product development to create custom golf putters. The cloud, collaboration, and the community combined enable Johan Sandflo to bring his ideas to life.

CallisonRTKL uses AutoCAD to design Watches of Switzerland flagship store

Watches of Switzerland

CallisonRTKL was enlisted by Aurum—the owner of Watches of Switzerland and other jewelers in the UK—to design the new 3-story, 17,000-square-foot flagship store on Regent Street in London.

Expert CAD/CAM software

Prepare your designs for manufacture with PowerShape, create 5-axis precision toolpaths to machine parts with PowerMill, and inspect finished parts with multiple devices using PowerInspect.

Modeling for manufacture

A modeling for manufacture toolkit. Discover how PowerShape combines the strengths of surface, solid, and mesh modeling to prepare molds, dies, and complex parts for manufacture. (video: 1:43 min.)

5-axis machining

Maximize machine efficiency and part quality. Import PowerShape models into PowerMill and create precision high-speed and multi-axis toolpaths for molds, dies, and highly complex components. (video: 1:33 min.)

Inspect manufactured parts

Compare your finished part against the PowerShape CAD data with PowerInspect. Inspect parts on the shop floor, in the inspection room, or integrate inspection routines on the machine tool. (video: 1:33 min.)

CAD/CAM for production machining

FeatureCAM Ultimate brings together CAD/CAM technology from PartMaker and FeatureCAM for production machining.

Feature recognition

Get feature recognition tools to scan, identify, and automatically create machinable features from your design with associative operations, reducing programming time. (video: 2:04 min.)

Multitask machining

Optimize CNC programs for multitasking turn-mills capable of performing both turning and milling operations in a single set-up, helping reduce cycle times and maximize profit. (video: 1:30 min.)

Swiss-type lathes

Focused Swiss machining strategies for precision manufacturing give you full control over your Swiss-type lathes based on your tooling, machine tool, and volume of production. (video: 1:48 min.)

Fusion 360 cloud-based CADCAM software

Cloud-powered CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 integrates CAM with mechanical design, simulation, and collaboration tools in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

Integrated factory layout, structural analysis, and up to 5-axis CAM within the collection lets you streamline your design through manufacturing workflows in one complete interface.

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Free software for startups and hobbyists

Fusion 360 offers free use to qualifying startup and hobbyist makers through a simple 3-step activation process.

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CAD/CAM trends

Industry experts CIMdata expect CAD/CAM software demand to increase as manufacturers look to produce better quality products, reduce production times, and lower their cost to market. 

CAD/CAM integration

CAD/CAM integration

Trends toward CAD/CAM software interfacing with IoT, predictive analytics, and smart manufacturing technologies are forecast to redefine manufacturing in the future.

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is also increasing the demand for CAD/CAM software that enables industrial designers to take advantage of the extra creativity offered by 3D printing.

Cloud-based CAD/CAM

Cloud based CAD/CAM

Cloud-based CAD/CAM applications such as Fusion 360, combining NC programming, simulation, and design into one cloud-based application, are predicted to accelerate over the next few years.