Autodesk’s Third HSMWorks Release

HSMWorks 2015 introduces improved adaptive clearing, stock simulation and HPC compatibilities.

Autodesk just released HSMWorks 2015. This marks the third major release of the SolidWorks CAM integrated software since it was acquired three years ago. Since that time, Autodesk has positioned the software to produce machined parts from Solidworks models, while integrating design to manufacturing workflows.

Robert “Buzz” Kross, Sr. VP at Autodesk said, “This new release is a great example of our ongoing commitment to our customers, regardless of which CAD system they use … The feedback from users tells us HSMWorks is valued for its integration, ease-of-use and performance. This release takes the software even further with innovative new updates and features.”

Steve Pearson, president at Wills Wing agreed, “As a long-time HSMWorks and SolidWorks customer, I was anxious when Autodesk acquired a tool that had become an essential part of my manufacturing operations … With the release of HSMWorks 2015 I am more confident than ever that Autodesk is committed to the HSMWorks product and the SolidWorks community.”

The new release of HSMWorks 2015 will also support the latest release of SolidWorks 2015. Additionally, HSMWorks 2015 is packaged with software enhancements. These advancements include an update to adaptive clearing, stock simulation, and HPC compatibilities.

Adaptive clearing is a high-efficiency roughing technology. It reduces cycle times by maintaining constant cutting of material along a toolpath. In the updated version, Adaptive Roughing can taper support for helical ramps, optimize z-level transitions, and improve stay-down linking. Autodesk says that these improvements will help to reduce cycle times and improve machining efficiency.

For users in the mold/die industry, or those that work with large models with 3D and sculpted surfaces, HSMWorks 2015 includes a stock simulation update. This update improves the performance of the software while in 3D mode.

Finally, Autodesk aimed for HSMWorks 2015 to work on the latest HPC systems. The higher end the system the more computing power there is to post process and optimize the tool path speed. This will make last minute changes to your design faster and easier to accommodate. To that end, HSMWorks 2015 is compatible with the latest Intel Xeon Processors, seen on workstations like HP Z840. The software is even able to configure 36 processor cores on a single system.

For those on a budget, a new version of HSMXpress 2015 is also available in the release. HSMXpress 2015 is the free version of HSMWorks 2015 that runs exclusively on 2-1/2 Axis milling machines. The free version is capable of running all the 2D milling/drilling, solid part simulation, and post processing that HSMWorks 2015 can do. This version is ideal for those learning how to use the software.

Anthony Graves, CAM product manager at Autodesk added, “Our development efforts are 100% focused on delivering meaningful tools that help users produce professional quality results, regardless of their level of experience … HSMWorks has always been a customer-driven product and this new release is a prime example of how user input results in better software.”

“The capabilities of this HSMWorks CAM program are astounding,” said Corporal Richard Williams, a STEM education workshop owner. “It amazes me to realize that in the short span of time that I have been using it in my shop so much has been added and improved. It has become much faster, more capable, and better for us non machinist types to understand and produce parts with.”

The 2015 release is currently available in English, Japanese and German with more languages to come. It can be purchased from any authorized HSMWorks resellers. To download a free trial follow this link; to download the program as an educator or student then follow the link here.

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Shawn Wasserman

For over 10 years, Shawn Wasserman has informed, inspired and engaged the engineering community through online content. As a senior writer at WTWH media, he produces branded content to help engineers streamline their operations via new tools, technologies and software. While a senior editor at, Shawn wrote stories about CAE, simulation, PLM, CAD, IoT, AI and more. During his time as the blog manager at Ansys, Shawn produced content featuring stories, tips, tricks and interesting use cases for CAE technologies. Shawn holds a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Guelph and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.