2.5-axis milling and turning solution powered by CAMWorks®

The definitive 3D CAD and CAM Bundle from SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS® Machinist is a 2.5-axis milling and turning solution powered by CAMWorks®. SOLIDWORKS Machinist offers 3+2 machining as well as full support for configurations, parts and assembly machining workflows.

The foundation of SOLIDWORKS Machinist is rules-based machining, where you can teach the system what standard machining strategies are vital to them. These rules can then be automatically applied based on the material type and geometry of the feature. Leveraging the SOLIDWORKS part and assembly interface allows you to quickly learn SOLIDWORKS Machinist and take advantage of rules-based machining with minimal effort.

SOLIDWORKS Machinist delivers an easy-to-use and fully functional programming experience. The SOLIDWORKS Machinist bundles provide the user with two versions based on their programming workflow.

The SOLIDWORKS Machinist bundles focus on allowing programmers to import and create 3D data used in the manufacturing process. SOLIDWORKS Machinist is available as individual seats. These seats are not compatible with a network or a SOLIDWORKS Network License (SNL).

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Features

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

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Rules-based machining

SOLIDWORKS Machinist uses rules-based machining to enhance the programming process in the same way rules based design helped to speed up the drawing and design 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.

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Design & Manufacturing

SOLIDWORKS Machinist combines design and manufacturing in one application with an easy-to-use interface. The result is an intuitive rules-based system that can be leveraged to save time and money while capturing company standards.

Assigning machining strategies based on design tolerances, reduces errors and improve quality throughout the machining process.

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

SOLIDWORKS can employ a machining technique where a three-axis milling program is executed with the cutting tool locked in a tilted position using the five-axis machine's two rotational axes.


SOLIDWORKS Machinist Capabilities

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SOLIDWORKS Machinist Benefits

Seamless integration of 3D design and Manufacturing

Connected to SOLIDWORKS

Simplies Collaboration

A single design and programming environment allows a smoother transition to CAM. Tasks that used to have to wait until engineering was complete can now occur in parallel with the design. The ability to save configurations independently within SOLIDWORKS Machinist allows users the freedom to create several part operations between different machines.

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Easier manufacturing checks

Rules-Based Machining automatically makes decisions based on geometry and standards, enabling companies to determine manufacturability and perform tasks sooner. Automatic Feature Recognition enables users to find problems earlier.


Easily standardizes processes

Tolerance-Based Machining automatically reads tolerances defined by SOLIDWORKS MBD to provide the best machining strategy and updates machining strategies as designs, materials and tolerances change.

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Versions

Choose from Standard or Professional

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Standard

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Standard includes SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard functionality with Part-only modeling capabilities.

  • High-Speed Machining creates toolpaths that lead to shorter cycle times while extending tool life and lowering machine wear.
  • The NC Editor makes verification of G-code simple and quick. Users can also backplot the G-code for review and send the file directly to the CNC control using the DNC capabilities.
  • Communication between programming and setup is easy with toolpaths output inside of eDrawings®. Operators can view the 3D model with the associated toolpaths to understand the machining order.
  • Toolpath Simulation within SOLIDWORKS Machinist allows you to verify the correct machining strategies and setup information on each part produced.

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Professional

SOLIDWORKS Machinist Professional builds on Machinist Standard capabilities by providing SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional and Assembly functionality in the CAD environment.

  • Once the fixtures are designed, SOLIDWORKS Machinist Professional can automatically adjust toolpaths to avoid collisions with the designed components.
  • SOLIDWORKS Machinist Professional offers the addition features of machining and modeling, turning and 3+2, high speed machining (HSM) and configuration programming to drive four and five-axis machines. These additions allow users to define fixtures as well as leverage assembly configurations to program similar
    parts quickly.
  • SOLIDWORKS Machinist Professional includes SOLIDWORKS Part and Assembly modeling for import and design capability.

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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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