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Autodesk® PowerShape ® software is a specialized solution for preparing complex parts for manufacture.

Software for modeling surfaces, solids and meshes. PowerShape is available in three versions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate.


Facing these challenges?

  • Working with customers’ models from many different CAD systems.
  • Increasing pressure to convert imported CAD models into molds, dies and associated tooling as quickly as possible.
  • Getting the most out of your 5-axis CNC machine and CAM software.
  • Fixing your customers’ faulty CAD files and modifying them to ensure they can be manufactured (e.g. adding draft, fillets etc.)
  • Working with large, complex models requiring intricate split lines.
  • Managing the design, production, and use of electrodes.
  • Reacting to design changes arriving late in the manufacturing process.
  • Scanning physical parts and converting the data into high quality, 3D models.

10 reasons to choose PowerShape

  1. Import models from all mainstream CAD design systems.
  2. Find and repair critical faults that could complicate downstream processes.
  3. Use modeling tools specifically designed to help mold and die manufacturers.
  4. Carry on working, even if the imported CAD model is not perfect.
  5. Work with any combination of surfaces, solids and large STL meshes.
  6. Send finished models directly to PowerMill or FeatureCAM for machining.
  7. Split models into cavity, core and slides using a simple Wizard.
  8. Manage the design, manufacture and utilization of electrodes for EDM.
  9. Connect directly to scanning hardware for reverse engineering.
  10. Reverse engineer complex parts using powerful point-cloud and mesh modeling tools.

PowerShape Standard supports modelling surfaces and solids and creation of core nad cavity.

Rib capping

Function enables automatic creation of surfaces that rib capping on moulds and dies.

Rib capping in the PowerShape enables automatic creation of surfaces that plug ribs on moulds and dies. PowerShape is an excellent addition for modeling in PowerMill and FeatureCAM, helping to create geometry necessary to obtain the best results of CNC machine work.

Dies tools

Dies tools in PowerShape are the range of specialized tools for designing core and cavity.

Dies tools in PowerShape are the range of specialized tools for designing core and cavity, assisting design engineers to save time and improve quality of products. Powerful, yet simple in use rounding, helps to create ideal connection between surfaces, facilitating flow of material.

Solid modeling

Solid modeling in PowerShape enables creation of a project basing on its history.

Solid modeling in PowerShape enables creation of a project basing on its history, helping to create quickly and in simple way the reliable models. PowerShape Standard enables to import files in neutral CAD formats (e.g. IGES, STEP) automatic finding and repair of defects, that might make the further production process difficult.

More about PowerShape Standard functions here⇒

PowerShape Premium is an advanced software supporting reverse engineering and designing electrodes.

Surface modeling

Quick creation of reliable surface models.

Surface modeling in PowerShape enables quick and simple creation of reliable models. Quick sketching tools allow for simple creation of accurate curves, in order to shape the surface forms. Morphing tools allow to find out new variants of a design through interactive deformation of models.

Reverse engineering

Creation of complex 3D models basing on the meshes.

Reverse engineering in the PowerShape enables to create complex 3D models using any type of date, including the network of triangles. Enables reconstruction of a model, in accordance with original intention of a designer, combining traditional reverse engineering and the techniques of surface and solid modeling.

More about PowerShape Premium functions here ⇒

PowerShape Ultimate is an advanced software supporting in the mould designing process.

Electrode wizard

Effective production of EDM electrodes.

Electrode wizard in PowerShape is a tool simple in use that guides the user through the entire electrode designing process. It allows to improve data flow and their effective processing. In PowerShape there is a set of tools available, serving for modelling, production and control of electrodes.

Mold base design wizard

Versatile tool for designing complicated molds.

Mold base design wizard in PowerShape is a range of specialized tools which help designers to create punches, dies and complete moulds, and allow to save time and improve the quality of products.

More about PowerShape Ultimate functions here ⇒
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CAD model import/export

Import neutral and third-party CAD files, including IGES, STEP, AutoCAD, Siemens NX and Catia. Export models in a range of file formats for collaboration and downstream manufacturing

Autodesk Drive (Subscription only)

Save model data to a personal cloud site and invite project stakeholders to review and collaborate

Shared views (Subscription only)

Share secure 3D views of models. Access anywhere, anytime with desktop and cloud-connected devices

Surface & solid modeling PowerShape






Wireframe modeling

Create lines, arcs, and curves using intelligent cursor sketching or precise coordinate entry

Wireframe nesting

Nest groups of wireframe geometry into pre-defined outer boundaries

Surface modeling

Create and manipulate parametric primitive surfaces. Use Smart wizards to rapidly create complex doublycurved shapes. Use powerful curve editing tools to modify complex surfaces

Solid modeling

Create complex solid models and combine with associative model history. Recognize parametric features contained within imported solid models

Solid/surface hybrid modeling

Use boolean commands to combine open surfaces and solids into hybrid models

Analysis and repair

Quickly find and repair common faults with imported models. Use shading tools to analyze undercuts, smoothness, minimum radius, wall thickness, and CNC machine accessibility

Assembly modeling

Define libraries of components and assemble using drag-and-drop attachment points

Power features

Add extra intelligence to assembly sub-components. Use to add fit and function clearance when multiple components are assembled together

Model comparison analysis

Visualize the differences between CAD models. Simplify customer design changes and modifications

Model morphing

Use morphing tools to distort the shape of models. Choose to morph using 3D cages, point clouds or STL meshes. Use to counter the effects of gravity or stress relief on pressed parts

Modeling for tool and die PowerShape






2D drawing creation

Create 2D part drawings including elevation, isometric, and sectional views, then add text and dimensions

Draft surface/curve creation

Add draft to models to improve ejection of parts from molds and dies

Core/cavity separation

Use wizards to split models into core and cavity halves, identify undercuts and design sliding cores

Die wizard

Use a wizard to convert models into die blocks, apply shrinkage, create split curves and add parting surfaces

Rib capping

Rapidly create tangential surfaces to cap off long, thin ribs on molds and dies prior to CNC machining

Curve wrapping/unwrapping

Wrap 2D curves onto 3D surfaces and solids. Unwrap 3D curves to form 2D profiles for trimming applications

Electrode wizard

Automate the creation of electrodes for EDM. Detect burn regions, add blanks and holders from a library, check for collisions and create electronic setup sheets

Electrode integration with PowerMill/PowerInspect

Transfer electrode data to PowerMill and PowerInspect to simplify CAM programming and part inspection

Export electrodes to EDM hardware

Export burn position, rotation, and spark gap data to EDM hardware for automated burning of electrodes

Specialist press-die surfaces

Create addendum and other complex parting surfaces used in the design of advanced press-tools

Mold base design wizard

Build complete mold-bases using standard plates and components from Hasco, DME, DMS, Strack, and others

Standard component catalogs

Use catalogs of components to create assemblies of parts

Reverse engineering







Import/export STL meshes

Import large, unorganized STL mesh files. Export STL meshes in binary or ascii format

Working with point clouds

Import point cloud files in formats including ASCII. Limit, trim and remove undesirable faults

Connect with scanning hardware

Connect with scanning hardware including Artec, Creaform, Faro, and Kreon to import scan data

Mesh fixing

Use automated wizards to rapidly find and fix common faults with imported STL meshes

Model alignment

Automatically align meshes and other models using best-fitting

Texturing and logos

Wrap 3D reliefs onto surface and solid models to add high-value logos and textures

Mesh segmentation

Automatically fit prismatic planes, cones, and cylinders to STL meshes

Reverse engineered surfaces

Sketch doubly curved surfaces onto imported STL meshes. Create complex shrink wrap surfaces with ease

Tribrid modeling

Combine surfaces, solids, and meshes with boolean commands to create tribrid CAD models.

Interactive mesh sculpting

Dynamically add and subtract material from STL meshes with interactive blending in regions