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SOLIDWORKS CAM

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Overview

Integrated Software

SOLIDWORKS CAM is a CNC solution that is integrated directly into SOLIDWORKS CAD. Powered by CAMWorks it features 2.5 & 3 axis CNC milling and 2 axis CNC lathe programming and makes use of Model Based Definition (MBD) and Knowledge Based Machining (KBM). SOLIDWORKS CAM can rapidly transform your design-to-manufacturing process by improving communication, reducing errors, reducing cycle times, and increasing your product quality.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard is included with every license of SOLIDWORKS on subscription and provides simple, yet powerful, CAM capabilities for machining prismatic parts. With SOLIDWORKS CAM standard you can program 2.5 and 3 axis milling operations for parts. In addition to this an NC Editor is supplied to check all G-code before it goes to the machine.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional supports the 3+2 Milling, and enables you to machine multiple components together as an assembly. This avoids the need to use fixtures, making it an ideal solution for tombstone machining. SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional also features VoluMill, which allows for fast and efficient machining strategies and reduced cycle times. Finally, SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional has 2 axis lathe capability which provides a great foundation for machining turned components.

CAMWORKS

If you need to make use of simultaneous multi axis machining or have mill turn application, CAMWorks is a great upgrade path which seamlessly integrates with your SOLIDWORKS CAM workflow and data.

Find out more about the full functionality available in CAMWorks here.

 

SOLIDWORKS CAM Key Features

Tolerance Based Machining

Uses tolerances and features in 3D models to automatically create CNC programs

Feature Based Machining

Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) automatically recognises over 20 types of prismatic features on native SOLIDWORKS part models. This reduces programming time by as much as 90% compared to traditional CAM software

Knowledge Based Machining

Allows you to capture and reuse your programmers’ best practices using the patented TechDB. This reduces programming time by 80% and means your company owns the database where employee’s knowledge and skill can be stored.

CAMWorks VoluMill™

The ultra high-performance tool-path engine allows you to reduce your cycle time by 80% for complex 3D- shapes and prismatic parts

Feature List
Ease of Use
  • Learn Fast: In-Context and Toolbar Menus, Command Search, Built-In Tutorials, Searchable Help Documentation
  • Work Fast: Hot Keys, Customizable Commands, APIs
  • Get Help Fast: Local and Worldwide Support Services
Milling Feature Recognition
  • Pocket, Hole, Perimeter and Face Recognition
  • PMI Data recognition
  • Automatic toolpath resizing for model limits, fits and surface finish
Stock and tool creation
  • Create and store tool cribs and individual tools
  • Create Stock from bounding boxes, sketches, stls or SOLIDWORKS Parts
  • Make use of stored default billet sizes for stock
  • Flexible Work Coordinate system placement
Standard Toolpath Strategies
  • Pocketing
  • Profiling
  • Drilling
  • Chamfering
  • Facing
  • Area Roughing
  • Constant Z Finishing
  • Flat Area Finishing
Milling Feature Recognition
  • Pocket, Hole, Perimeter and Face Recognition
  • PMI Data recognition
  • Automatic toolpath resizing for model limits, fits and surface finish
Stock and tool creation
  • Create and store tool cribs and individual tools
  • Create Stock from bounding boxes, sketches, stls or SOLIDWORKS Parts
  • Make use of stored default billet sizes for stock
  • Flexible Work Coordinate system placement
Standard Toolpath Strategies
  • Pocketing
  • Profiling
  • Drilling
  • Chamfering
  • Facing
  • Area Roughing
  • Constant Z Finishing
  • Flat Area Finishing
WIRE EDM
  • IOne click 2 axis and 4 axis toolpath and code creation
  • 5 Axis toolpath creation
  • Direct interface with EDM machines
Nesting
  • Simple 2D nesting of SOLIDWORKS parts onto plate
  • Take account of grain or part direction and orientation
  • Create and save custom sheets
  • Save nested geometry directly as dxf's or assemblies
Mill Turn
  • Use of live tooling and C axes on a lathe
  • Milling of wrapped and complex geometries
  • Synchronisation of Turrets and spindles
3D and Multiaxis Milling
  • Comprehensive 3D roughing and rest roughing toolpaths
  • 3D Volumill
  • 3D Finishing including Constant Z, Pattern Project and constant stepover
  • 3D single surface finishing and undercutting
  • Simultaneous 5 axis milling
  • SWARF milling
Complete Gcode Verification
  • Simulation of produced G Code on a virtual replica of a machine
  • Gouge detection and machine collision reporting
  • Gcode modification and resimulation
  • Mcode and cycle support
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