Inventor CAM (HSM - high-speed machining)

HSM (high-speed machining) is an integrated CAM programming package for milling, turning and 2D cutting manufacturing methods. Inventor CAM is available as part of 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 (HSM - high-speed machining)

Clear large quantities of material effectively

Adaptive Clearing helps to clear large quantities of material effectively during the tooling manufacturing process.

HSM provides users with Integrated CAM software

Efficient worklflows can be maintained with design data being stored in the same place.

Reduced ‘chatter’ and improved accuracy

Extended tool life as a result of reduced 'chatter' 

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HSM Functionality


  • Best Value in CAM: You can use tried and true HSM solutions in the two most used 3D design solutions SOLIDWORKS and Inventor. Plus take your work on the road with the cloud based Fusion 360. Where other systems charge for modules and functionality, you get advanced milling and turning functions in one package.


  • Seamless workflow between CAD and CAM environments using intuitive navigation tools integrated into the Inventor user interface. Design fixtures and clamping systems as needed without switching back and forth between CAD and CAM systems.


  • Adaptive Clearing: this advanced roughing strategy, sets the bar for efficient, high volume material removal using constant tool engagement and optimized cutter paths to reduce cycle times, minimize tool and machine wear, and produce quality finished parts. Enhanced multi-core support and improved linking make Adaptive Clearing the most advanced adaptive roughing technology to date.


  • Probing: Quickly utilize probes on your CNC machine to set and verify part orientations and origins. Saving time during machine setup.


  • Full model associativity: Define machining geometry and parameters by selecting entities directly from the design, maintaining full associativity between the 3D models and machining operations. Changes to the design are automatically reflected in the toolpath. Late design changes no longer result in delayed delivery or introduction of last-minute programming errors.


  • Powerful Post Processor system: Generate CNC code at incredible speeds of up to 400,000 lines of code per second, cutting down wait time for CNC programmers to almost a fifth of what it takes in other comparable CAM solutions


  • Distributed CAM reduces calculation time by allowing users to harness additional computing resources (CPU cores) across their local area network.


  • Modern architecture: take advantage of native multi-core kernel and a Post Processor System, which leverage the maximum computing power of your workstation or PC and allow you to continue programming jobs while toolpath calculations and CNC code are being processed in the background. The native 64-bit architecture allows improved support for working with large models and assemblies.


  • Full-featured CNC Editor includes NC functions, math functions, side-by-side file compare, CNC templates, graphical backplotter, and serial communications for transferring your CNC programs to RS232 based CNC controls.


  • Integrated simulation and verification tools allow users to inspect generated toolpaths directly in relation to the 3D model. Use stock simulation and tool simulation, enhanced by visibility and colouring controls, to accurately verify every aspect of the machining process and to ensure minimal wastage on the production run.

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