SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 9/9: Post Processing NC Code

Article by Shawn McEachern updated September 21, 2019

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Once we are happy with our set-up, we need to export a text file that contains the program of G and M codes for the CNC machine to cut the part.

To generate toolpaths, click Post Process in the CAM command manager or right-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Post Process.

First you will be prompted for a save location for the text file that will be the program. Next, in the Post Process feature manager hit the play button to generate the program. In the option tab, check Open G-code file in SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Post Process

SOLIDWORKS CAM Post Process

Now our program will be opened in the SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor. We may use the functions in this program to manually alter our program. The SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor features will be covered in future articles.

SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor

SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Code Editor

Our program is ready to upload to our CNC Mill.

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Shawn McEachern

Shawn McEachern is a SOLIDWORKS Application Expert based in our Oakville, ON., Canada Head Office