CAMWorks

Intelligent Machining Through Automation

As the first integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks leads in advancements for Automatic Feature Recognition. Feature-based machining reduces programming time by as much as 90% compared to CAM software constructed on traditional profiles and chain selection. Working in the same familiar user interface of SOLIDWORKS ensures a short learning curve. The CAMWorks machining tree and command manager are at the click of a button to generate toolpaths without leaving the design environment.
CAMWorks allows you to work on a single file format (.sldprt/.sldasm) for both CAD/CAM maintaining associativity between the design model and the program, ensuring that the latest changes in the design are reflected in the toolpath and drastically reducing file management.
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What distinguishes CAMWorks from other software is knowledge based machining pioneered by Geometric Technologies. It allows you to capture and reuse your best programming practices using the Technology Database, reducing programming time by as much as 80%. Of course at any time in the process full interactive manual control is available at your fingertips. 

New in 2016 is Tolerance Based Machining which identifies manufacturing features annotated using SOLIDWORKS DimXpert, recognizing the close tolerances/ asymmetric tolerances, surface finishes and other drawing annotations associated before selecting the appropriate tools, speeds/ feeds to automatically create the best toolpaths.

CAMWorks 2017 provides advanced new features to help you take full advantage of your CNC machines.

Key Features

Tolerance Based Machining

Automatically calculate the mean dimension and required tolerance for manufacturing and then use this information to select the correct tooling, machining strategy, and generate toolpath.

Tool Management Tree

The Tool Tree Tab simplifies the creation of tools and tool cribs, more easily manage tools and operations including selecting, editing, replacing, and deleting tools.


Tool Select Filter

Simplified, single dialog user-interface with real time updating of tool list and 3D dynamic preview of selected tool.
CAMWorks - Tool Management Tree

Automatic Feature Recognition

Improved automatic feature recognition to simplify features and automatically recognize features by depth.


Edit Default Strategies

View and modify default machining strategies directly in CAMWorks without having to access the CAMWorks technology database (TechDB) in a separate application window.
CAMWorks - Automatic Feature Recognition

5 Axis Drilling

New cycles to support point to point operations including center drilling, drilling, reaming, and tapping of holes in complex four and five axis components and assemblies.


Gun Drilling

New gun-drilling cycle specifically designed to support industry-standard tooling for deep-hole drilling and gun-drill operations.


VoluMill Pre-Drilling

Automatic pre-drilling of holes for high-speed machining applications in CAMWorks VoluMill.
CAMWorks - Drilling

Fixed B Axis

For multitasking Mill-Turn machines, the ability to specify a fixed B axis angle for the tool and tool holder has been added for turning operations to provide better tool control.


Approach and Retract

Add approach and retract moves to milling operations in Mill Turn.
CAMWorks - B Axis drilling, Approach & Retract

Key Features

2.5 Axis Milling

2.5 Axis Milling includes automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling, face milling, and single-point cycles.

  • Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) recognizes over 20 features, including irregular
    pockets, taking the drudgery out of the day-to-day programming needs. Machining algorithms use the latest toolpath and gouge protection methods to provide fast, error-free toolpaths.

  • CAMWorks’ ability to associate the best machining strategies with a particular feature using proprietary Technology Database, TechDB, and recalling them for future programming is the key to reducing programming time by as much as 90% compared to other traditional CAM software.

  • Full toolpath associativity to SOLIDWORKS models - Automatically updates the tools paths and CAM data.

 

3 Axis Milling

3 Axis Milling routines to machine complex, contoured surfaces routinely encountered in mold making and aerospace applications.

  • Developed for speed, accuracy and efficient memory usage, it ensures that simple and complex parts can be cut quickly and accurately with a high-quality toolpath.

  • Adaptive roughing strategy; provides cuts using the full depth of the tool while safely running your machine at optimum speed. This can reduce machining time up to 40% over conventional roughing with less wear.

  • Finishing operations include; parallel slice cut, constant stepover, Z-level, curve project, and others.

  • Z Level/Constant stopover combination; can be used for machining steep and shallower slope areas in one toolpath.

  • 3 Axis operations support rest or leftover machining to reduce air cutting by restricting toolpaths to areas within the feature that have not been machined previously.

  • Curve project cycle; removes material by projecting 2.5 Axis engrave or curve features on the 3 Axis feature.

 

CAMWorks VoluMill

CAMWorks VoluMill is an optional ultra high-performance toolpath engine within
CAMWorks for 2.5 axis and 3 axis roughing operations.

  • Reduce your Cycle Times up to 80%
  • Reduce your programming times up to 50%
  • Increase your Cutting Tool Life up to 500%
  • Ideal for complex 3-D shapes and prismatic parts, its algorithms result in more intelligent toolpaths to machine pockets, slots, and arbitrary shapes.
  • VoluMill is well suited for machining soft as well as hard materials that are hard to chip, such as titanium, nickel-based alloys or stainless steel. The result is increased efficiency and utilization of machines, tools, labour and materials.

CAMWorks Multiaxis Milling

CAMWorks Multiaxis Milling modules include 2.5 Axis Mill and 3 Axis Mill.

  • 3 Axis Mill with undercutting - For 3 axis machining requiring undercutting
  • 4 Axis Mill - For up to 4 axis simultaneous machining
  • 5 Axis Mill - For up to 5 axis simultaneous machining
4/5 Axis simultaneous machining allows the user to create toolpaths across complex shapes that could not be machined on 3 Axis machines. This includes high-performance automotive port finishing, impellers, turbine blades, cutting tools, 5 Axis trimming, and undercut machining in mold and die making. 
CAMWorks 4 Axis simultaneous machining is designed for complex rotary applications such as camshafts, extrusion screws and blades.

Key Features

CAMWorks 2 and 4 Axis Turning

CAMWorks 2 and 4 Axis Turning software for programming CNC lathe machines includes automatic roughing, finishing, grooving, threading, cut-off and single point (drilling, boring, reaming and tapping) cycles.

Automatic Feature Recognition analyzes the part shape and defines the most common machinable features such as the OD and ID of the part, front face and grooves.

  • AFR recognizes features on native solid models or on solid parts imported via IGES, SAT, etc.
  • When bar stock is used, AFR generates a cut-off feature on the opposite side of the face feature.
  • CAMWorks provides an Interactive Turn Feature wizard for defining features that need to be defined for your facility’s machining requirements, such as custom OD and ID grooves.

Key Features

Mill-Turn extends the capabilities of CAMWorks Milling and Turning

The same Mill and Turn features identified by Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) and defined using Interactive Feature Recognition (IFR) are supported in Mill-Turn. IFR can be used to define 3 Axis features for Y-axis milling and wrapped features for cylindrical features machined by C-axis motion.

The operations that are generated for features are the same as the operations in CAMWorks 2.5 Axis Milling, 3 Axis Milling and Turning. These include automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling and single point (drilling, boring, reaming, tapping) cycles and all 3 Axis cycles.

  • Supports C, Y and B axis machining at compound angles.
  • Supports 5 axis simultaneous machining.

Key Features

Wire EDM

CAMWorks Wire EDM software has been designed and developed specifically for programming 2 through 4-axis Wire EDM CNC Machines - unlike most CAM systems that use modified milling commands for their EDM programming modules.
  • The 2.5 Axis and 4 Axis cutting operations automate the creation of rough, skim and tab cuts.
  • Options are provided to order the cuts when machining parts with multiple pocket (die) areas.
  • Numerous processing order options allow the user to automatically change the order with a single command
  • Ability to output only rough cuts, only tab cuts or both.
  • Machine code output can be changed for a different machine by simply selecting a different machine make and model
  • Cutting conditions for the new machine are changed automatically as needed
  • Option for G-code to output offset toolpath

CAMWorks - Wire EDM

CAMWorks Nesting

CAMWorks Nesting is an automatic nesting module designed to nest the layouts of SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies. It is seamlessly integrated within SOLIDWORKS and allows nesting of flat or 3D sheet metal parts or assembly models.
This module can be used to create efficient layouts of metal, wood or composite based materials, producing the maximum number of parts from a single piece of raw material within minutes.
  • Full associativity with SOLIDWORKS - updates are tracked, and flagged whenever a change is made to the component and are reflected instantly.
  • Part-in-part nesting.
  • Material optimisation - advanced nesting algorithms reduce raw material consumption by providing optimised and compact layouts.

CAMWorks - Nesting
Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.
What distinguishes CAMWorks from other software is knowledge based machining pioneered by Geometric Technologies. It allows you to capture and reuse your best programming practices using the Technology Database, reducing programming time by as much as 80%. Of course at any time in the process full interactive manual control is available at your fingertips. 

New in 2016 is Tolerance Based Machining which identifies manufacturing features annotated using SOLIDWORKS DimXpert, recognizing the close tolerances/ asymmetric tolerances, surface finishes and other drawing annotations associated before selecting the appropriate tools, speeds/ feeds to automatically create the best toolpaths.

CAMWorks 2017 provides advanced new features to help you take full advantage of your CNC machines.

Features

  • Tolerance Based Machining

    Automatically calculate the mean dimension and required tolerance for manufacturing and then use this information to select the correct tooling, machining strategy, and generate toolpath.
  • Tool Management Tree

    The Tool Tree Tab simplifies the creation of tools and tool cribs, more easily manage tools and operations including selecting, editing, replacing, and deleting tools.


    Tool Select Filter

    Simplified, single dialog user-interface with real time updating of tool list and 3D dynamic preview of selected tool.
  • Automatic Feature Recognition

    Improved automatic feature recognition to simplify features and automatically recognize features by depth.


    Edit Default Strategies

    View and modify default machining strategies directly in CAMWorks without having to access the CAMWorks technology database (TechDB) in a separate application window.
  • 5 Axis Drilling

    New cycles to support point to point operations including center drilling, drilling, reaming, and tapping of holes in complex four and five axis components and assemblies.


    Gun Drilling

    New gun-drilling cycle specifically designed to support industry-standard tooling for deep-hole drilling and gun-drill operations.


    VoluMill Pre-Drilling

    Automatic pre-drilling of holes for high-speed machining applications in CAMWorks VoluMill.
  • 2.5 Axis Milling

    2.5 Axis Milling includes automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling, face milling, and single-point cycles.

    • Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) recognizes over 20 features, including irregular
      pockets, taking the drudgery out of the day-to-day programming needs. Machining algorithms use the latest toolpath and gouge protection methods to provide fast, error-free toolpaths.

    • CAMWorks’ ability to associate the best machining strategies with a particular feature using proprietary Technology Database, TechDB, and recalling them for future programming is the key to reducing programming time by as much as 90% compared to other traditional CAM software.

    • Full toolpath associativity to SOLIDWORKS models - Automatically updates the tools paths and CAM data.

     

Features

  • 2.5 Axis Milling

    2.5 Axis Milling includes automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling, face milling, and single-point cycles.

    • Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) recognizes over 20 features, including irregular
      pockets, taking the drudgery out of the day-to-day programming needs. Machining algorithms use the latest toolpath and gouge protection methods to provide fast, error-free toolpaths.

    • CAMWorks’ ability to associate the best machining strategies with a particular feature using proprietary Technology Database, TechDB, and recalling them for future programming is the key to reducing programming time by as much as 90% compared to other traditional CAM software.

    • Full toolpath associativity to SOLIDWORKS models - Automatically updates the tools paths and CAM data.

     

  • 3 Axis Milling

    3 Axis Milling routines to machine complex, contoured surfaces routinely encountered in mold making and aerospace applications.

    • Developed for speed, accuracy and efficient memory usage, it ensures that simple and complex parts can be cut quickly and accurately with a high-quality toolpath.

    • Adaptive roughing strategy; provides cuts using the full depth of the tool while safely running your machine at optimum speed. This can reduce machining time up to 40% over conventional roughing with less wear.

    • Finishing operations include; parallel slice cut, constant stepover, Z-level, curve project, and others.

    • Z Level/Constant stopover combination; can be used for machining steep and shallower slope areas in one toolpath.

    • 3 Axis operations support rest or leftover machining to reduce air cutting by restricting toolpaths to areas within the feature that have not been machined previously.

    • Curve project cycle; removes material by projecting 2.5 Axis engrave or curve features on the 3 Axis feature.

     

  • CAMWorks VoluMill

    CAMWorks VoluMill is an optional ultra high-performance toolpath engine within
    CAMWorks for 2.5 axis and 3 axis roughing operations.

    • Reduce your Cycle Times up to 80%
    • Reduce your programming times up to 50%
    • Increase your Cutting Tool Life up to 500%
    • Ideal for complex 3-D shapes and prismatic parts, its algorithms result in more intelligent toolpaths to machine pockets, slots, and arbitrary shapes.
    • VoluMill is well suited for machining soft as well as hard materials that are hard to chip, such as titanium, nickel-based alloys or stainless steel. The result is increased efficiency and utilization of machines, tools, labour and materials.
  • CAMWorks Multiaxis Milling

    CAMWorks Multiaxis Milling modules include 2.5 Axis Mill and 3 Axis Mill.

    • 3 Axis Mill with undercutting - For 3 axis machining requiring undercutting
    • 4 Axis Mill - For up to 4 axis simultaneous machining
    • 5 Axis Mill - For up to 5 axis simultaneous machining
    4/5 Axis simultaneous machining allows the user to create toolpaths across complex shapes that could not be machined on 3 Axis machines. This includes high-performance automotive port finishing, impellers, turbine blades, cutting tools, 5 Axis trimming, and undercut machining in mold and die making. 
    CAMWorks 4 Axis simultaneous machining is designed for complex rotary applications such as camshafts, extrusion screws and blades.

Features

  • CAMWorks 2 and 4 Axis Turning

    CAMWorks 2 and 4 Axis Turning software for programming CNC lathe machines includes automatic roughing, finishing, grooving, threading, cut-off and single point (drilling, boring, reaming and tapping) cycles.

    Automatic Feature Recognition analyzes the part shape and defines the most common machinable features such as the OD and ID of the part, front face and grooves.

    • AFR recognizes features on native solid models or on solid parts imported via IGES, SAT, etc.
    • When bar stock is used, AFR generates a cut-off feature on the opposite side of the face feature.
    • CAMWorks provides an Interactive Turn Feature wizard for defining features that need to be defined for your facility’s machining requirements, such as custom OD and ID grooves.

Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.