Rules-based machining to enhance the programming process

The Standard in CAD/CAM Tools

With SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard, (included with all desktop versions of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software on active subscription service) you will be able to enhance your manufacturing process by capturing company standards, speed up quoting, and test manufacturability of a design earlier in the process. By using rules-based machining, your business can automatically apply standard strategies to determine how long it will take to make a part and if it could easily be machined.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Features

Combines design and manufacturing in one application with an easy-to-use interface

SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature Recognition

Feature Recognition

The use of knowledge-based machining and rules-based machining allows new users to adapt to a
company’s machining process readily, and allows for:

  • Recognizing any updated geometry as the model changes through feature updates or newly imported parts.
  • Assigning machining strategies based on features that are recognized.
  • Updating machining strategies if a design’s tolerance changes.
  • Rules-based machining enables designers and engineers to:
    • Catch design errors and new part setups through Automatic Feature Recognition.
    • Quote components quickly using company standards captured as rules.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Tolerance Based Machining

Tolerance Based Machining

Model Based Definition (MBD) is leveraged to ensure machining strategies are automatically adjusted based on tolerance specifications. Reading tolerances and surface finishes will help you to make decisions about how to manufacture your product. Programming output is automatically changed based on adjustments to the design, material, or tolerances.

2.5 Axis Milling

Machine prismatic features with 2.5 axis milling capabilities. SOLIDWORKS CAM includes Automatic Roughing, Rough Milling, Finish (Contour) Milling, Face Milling, Thread Milling, Center Drilling, Drilling, Countersinking, Reaming, Tapping, and Engraving.

3 Axis Milling

SOLIDWORKS CAM includes 3 axis milling routines to machine complex, contoured surfaces routinely encountered in mold/tool making and aerospace applications.

  • Adaptive roughing strategy provides the ability to cut using the full depth of the tool and safely run your machine at optimum speed. This can reduce machining time up to 40% over conventional roughing with less wear.
  • 3 Axis finishing operations include parallel slice cut, constant stepover, Z-level, curve project, and others
  • Z Level/Constant stopover combination operation can be used for machining steep and shallower slope areas in one toolpath.
  • All 3 Axis milling operations support rest or leftover machining. Rest machining is used to reduce air cutting by restricting toolpaths to areas within the feature that have not been machined previously.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Benefits

Seamless integration of 3D design and Manufacturing

Connected to SOLIDWORKS

Connected to SOLIDWORKS

Direct or “deep” integration allows SOLIDWORKS CAM to take advantage of information in your 3D CAD model so it’s easy for your team to make better, more-informed decisions.

Tolerance Based Machining

Utilizes tolerance-based machining

Use SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) to ensure machining strategies are automatically adjusted based on tolerance specifications.

Rules Based Machining

Easily standardizes processes

While SOLIDWORKS CAM can be used like any other CAM software—setting up operations, picking tools, setting speeds and feeds—the real advantage is found running SOLIDWORKS CAM in the automated mode (also called “rules-based” machining).

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Resources

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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