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  • May 12, 2022
  • Author: Catherine Aspinall
  • Blog

Fusion 360 with PowerMill 2023 Release

In this blog we go through the new features and enhancements added since PowerMill 2022.1.1 was released.


What’s new?

Speed and Performance

Multiple updates improving common tasks

  • Faster automatic collision avoidance (up to 15%)
  • Faster curve projection finishing (up to 40%)
  • Faster spun profile calculation (up to 60%)
  • Faster opening/saving of projects with collision-checked tool-paths

Steep and shallow finishing

New options to help you have greater control over the machining of shallow open regions using the steep and shallow finishing strategies.

  • Additional controls affect Steep and shallow when shallow type = “3D Offset”
  • New “optimise open pockets” option creates tool-paths with open segments that approach stock from outside

Safer Leads and links

Automatic trim and extend to add leads and links

  • New option trims the ends of tool-path segments to create extra space to fit safe leads and links
  • Can also automatically add extended leads to avoid collisions when machining undercuts
  • Additional warnings if segments are removed

Machining Setups

Logical workplane behaviour and new default settings

  • More intuitive workplane behaviour when activating and generating tool-paths and NC programs
  • New default settings for machine, model location, and thickness groups for each setup

Inclined Planar Surfaces

Automatic selection for 3+2 machining

  • New typed commands help automate the 3+2 machining of inclined planar surfaces

Other Updates…

  • Improved accuracy of new rest finishing strategy
  • Additive tool-paths can now be appended with same layer bands grouped together
  • Writing hole features to XML now includes “Depth type” and “Level” properties
  • Improved Flex licensing to avoid charging users for periods of inactivity
  • Spiral offset slice area clearance now machines open flat areas outside-in
  • Better quality Corner Finishing tool-paths
  • Improved Spun Profile accuracy

…and of course a brand new look for PowerMill:

Whats been enhanced?

Automatic Collision Avoidance

Improved consistency of tool axis tilting

  • Automatic collision avoidance tilts the tool more consistently across neighbouring passes

I’m a current PowerMill user – how do I get this new release?

Get in touch with our team who will be able to guide you on how to download the latest version.

I’m new to PowerMill – how do I get this software?

Reach out to our CAM team who will be able to discuss your requirements and the best solution for you.

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