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What's new in PowerMill 2020

PowerMill® 2020 offers significantly faster toolpath calculation, multi-threaded leads and links, uphill corner finishing and a new model filleting option.

  • Enhanced

    Speed improvements

    Reduce programming time with faster toolpath calculation, simulation and verification. (video: 2.05 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Faster leads and links

    Leads and link calculations now use multi-threading for even faster processing times. (video: 1.28 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Uphill corner finishing

    Machine steep corners with uphill cutting for more stable cut conditions and better surface finish (video: 1.17 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Model filleting

    Automatically add fillets to internal corners when calculating certain finishing toolpath types. (video: 1.56 min.)

PowerMill 2019

  • Additive manufacturing

    ULTIMATE (subscription only)

    Access dedicated tools to programme, control and simulate high-rate additive manufacturing processes. (video: 2.40 min.)

  • Vortex from stock

    Create more efficient roughing toolpaths with adaptive clearing technology. (Video: 1.06 min.)

  • Surface probing

    ULTIMATE (extra subscriber benefits)

    Create probing toolpaths to measure parts with spindle mounted probes. Subscribers can share 3D inspection reports with Autodesk Drive. (video: 2.07 min.)

  • Auto-tool tilting


    New automatic tool tilting makes it easier to avoid collisions and near misses on 5-axis machines. (video: 58 sec.)

  • Interactive collision avoidance

    Use new interactive tools to help identify and repair toolpath motion that could cause collisions or near misses. (video: 1.54 min.)

  • 2D machining improvements

    Create open pockets with a new side feature type. Use selected surfaces to build features faster. (video: 1.04 min.)

  • Posts in the cloud

    (subscription only)

    Use a secure, cloud-based platform to store and manage machine post-processor option files. (video: 1.57 min.)

  • Machining set ups

    Synchronise toolpaths and NC programmes to help programme parts with multiple setups or fixture offsets. (video: 1.35 min.)

  • Speed and usability

    Multiple speed improvements to common commands reduce programming times.

  • Improved collision avoidance

    Identify and avoid more collisions with smoother, more stable machine motion.

  • 3+2 arc output

    Output true arcs when post-processing 3+2 toolpaths that also contain orientation vectors.

  • Auto orientation vectors

    Improve the synchronisation between toolpath simulations and NC programme output.

  • Enhanced set ups

    Access new tools to manage workplanes, stock and clamps when using machining setups.

  • Pattern turning

    Create turning toolpaths based on user-defined geometry for increased control of mill-turn machines.

  • ViewMill thickness shading

    Quickly visualise and identify material left unmachined using colour-coded ViewMill simulations.

  • Stock model improvements

    Identify unmachined stock more accurately when programming undercuts or overhanging geometry.

  • Enhanced user interface

    Get enhanced tool tips, keyboard shortcuts, improved browser and faster menu load times.

  • Autodesk Drive

    Securely store, preview and share your 2D and 3D design data (subscription only).

PowerMill 2018

  • Shared views

    (subscription only)

    Share your engineering data with key stakeholders, anywhere, any time with cloud-connected devices.
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  • Ribbon interface

    Improved user experience. Better use of the 3D view and quick access to commonly used commands.

  • Dynamic machine control in a region

    Premium, Ultimate

    Use a virtual machine to dynamically update toolpath regions to use alternative tool axis motion.

  • Stock simulation

    ViewMill rotatable mode now offers improved image quality and stock collision detection.

  • 2D strategies

    New finishing strategies cut the sidewalls and bases of 2D features as well as convex fillets.

  • 3D offset with centreline

    Optionally include centreline passes to remove more stock left during 3D offset finishing.

  • Editable feed rates on surfaces

    Change cutting feed rate for specific groups of surfaces for improved control of surface finish and precision.

  • Turning collision checking

    Check turning toolpaths for collisions and near misses involving the workpiece, fixture, tool assembly and stock.

  • Turning stock models

    Apply turning toolpaths to a 3D stock model and use to drive more efficient milling toolpaths and operations.

  • Blisk tool axis control


    Combine blisk tool axis mode with other toolpath types for increased programming choice on cylindrical parts.

PowerMill 2017

  • 2.5D programming

    Enhanced 2D programming tools interactively select features on your 3D model. Create safer, more reliable 2D toolpaths.

  • Turning CAM

    Calculate spun profiles and convert into turning features and toolpaths for use on 5-axis mill-turn machines.

  • Rib machining

    Tool-friendly milling of deep/thin slots. Maintain constant cutting forces, prolong tool life and minimise breakages.

  • Logical leads and links

    User-defined rules to control non-cutting links. Combine constraints for better control and reduced air-cutting.

  • Toolpath simulation controls

    Increased control of machining simulations. Visualise individual toolpath segments, leads, links and tool changes.

  • Tool axis limits

    Create toolpaths that automatically remain within the rotary axis limits of your virtual CNC machine tool.

  • 3D offset finishing

    Control the ordering of 3D Offset toolpaths to machine parts from the 'outside in' or 'inside out'.

  • Stock model accuracy

    Get increased accuracy of 3D stock models when machining components with undercuts or overhanging features.

  • Text creator

    Use an integrated text utility to create geometry for part engraving. Control text font, size, shape and position.