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What is CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM software is used to both design and manufacture products. Autodesk offers both CAD and CAM software to help make the process cost-effective.

CAD is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and programme manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate tool paths that drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is most often used for machining of prototypes and finished parts.

Autodesk CAM solutions

HSMWorks and Inventor HSM software are integrated CAM solutions. Whether you are producing prototypes or finished parts, these products put you in control by delivering:


Seamless integration with Inventor 3D CAD software and SolidWorks offers an intuitive user experience.


Native multicore, 64-bit CAM engine makes easier work of the most demanding tool path calculations and post-processing jobs.


Efficient tool paths reduce cycle time, reduce machine and tool wear and produce the highest-quality finished parts.

Featured CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 (US site)
Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tools for product development.
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Product Design & Manufacturing Collection
Complete your CAD/CAM workflow with an essential set of product design and engineering tools.
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Inventor 3D CAD and 3D mechanical design software

Design, visualise and simulate your products before they are built with Inventor software.
Subscribe or try for free

Inventor HSM integrated CAM software

Inventor HSM (US site)
Combine CAM powered by HSMWorks and Inventor 3D CAD software in one integrated solution.
Subscribe (US site) or try for free (US site)

AutoCAD software for 3D CAD drawing

Design every detail with AutoCAD software, one of the world's leading 2D and 3D design platforms.
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Inventor HSM Express is free 2.5 axis CAM software

Inventor HSM Express (US site)
Inventor HSM Express is free 2 1/2 axis CAM software.
Try Inventor HSM Express (US site)

HSMWorks and HSMXpress offer integrated CAM workflows

HSMWorks & HSMXpress (US site)
Get integrated CAM workflows with the ability to work natively in SolidWorks.
Try HSMWorks (US site)
Try HSMXpress (US site)

CAM tools through ADN

Autodesk has partnered with CAM industry leaders to provide customers access to the tools they need. AutoCAD and Inventor software are fully interoperable with manufacturing products such as EdgeCAM or InventorCAM, GibbsCAM and MasterCAM.

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) offers a variety of CAM tools that work with Inventor and AutoCAD. With more than 1,000 partners for AutoCAD alone, ADN offers a full range of manufacturing-partner products.

Free software for students & educators

We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same 2D drafting and drawing software as top professionals around the world.

Free software for non-profit organisations

Are you a non-profit organisation or entrepreneur working to create positive impact through design? Learn more about our Technology Impact Programme and see if you qualify for free design and engineering software.