By DE Editors
HSMWorks has released HSMXpress, a free CAM solution that the company says allows all licensed users of SolidWorks 2009 or newer to create high-quality toolpaths using the latest in 64-bit and multi-core technology. A 32-bit version is also available.
Anthony Graves, marketing director for HSMWorks, made the HSMXpress announcement today at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando. DE’s Publisher, Tom Conlon, was at the show and interviewed Graves about the new product. Graves called the announcement the most important day in HSMWorks’ history.
The company says HSMXpress is a “truly integrated CAM system for 2D and 2-1/2 D CNC programming” that can be used to turn designs into real machined parts. HSMWorks says HSMXpress was created to show designers, engineers, and even veteran CNC programmers that integrated CAM not only makes sense, but is essential.
The company says HSMXpress includes:
- 100% HSMWorks technology, with no compromises made to the feature set.
- The same 64-bit, multi-core HSM CAM Kernel as HSMWorks.
- Industry-leading toolpath quality for basic milling machining including 2D Roughing and Pocketing, Drilling, Facing, Contouring, and more.
- Support for form tools including the ability to automatically import SolidWorks Part Files as Form Tools.
- Integrated 64-bit, multi-core simulation with toolpath/solid forward, reverse material removal.
- Industry-leading CNC program editor with file compare, math ops, backplotter, and communications.
- A Gold Partner SolidWorks Product with user interface and workflow integration since day 1.
- All CAM data is stored in your Part (.SLDPRT) or Assembly (.SLDASM) files.
- Seamless integration with the SolidWorks Command Manager for access to all HSMXpress Tools and Commands.
- Seamless integration with the SolidWorks Feature Manager with the HSM CAMManager Tab that organizes all Job Setups and Toolpath Operations.
- Seamless integration with the SolidWorks Property Manager including Toolpath Configuration.
- Seamlessly integrated Backplot and Simulation commands in the SolidWorks Feature Manager.
HSMXpress requires SolidWorks 2009 or newer and Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.