Articles by: Shawn McEachern

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

How to set Milling Feed and Speed in SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM Milling Feed and Speed

In SOLIDWORKS CAM there are three places were Milling Speed and Feed information can be utilized. In the tool, by editing any tool and selecting Cutting Parameters we can disassociate the tool from the Material Library and enter our specs for the tool. In the…

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How to create Tools and Tool Cribs for Milling in SOLIDWORKS CAM

In order to create a solid program, we need an accurate representation of our tools. SOLIDWORKS CAM has many pre-built standard tools for us to customize for our machining purposes. We may also add our own custom tools and holders. Once we have our tools,…

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Moving and re-linking your SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB

Having many programmers sharing one SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB will dramatically decrease production time while proving consistent results to the shop floor. By placing your TechDB in a network folder all users have share strategies, tools and operation settings. This folder must be a real folder…

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Automatically create Chamfers in SOLIDWORKS CAM

solidworks cam chamfers

Creating chamfers in SOLIDWORKS CAM used to be a tedious experience. Previously chamfers had to be programming into the operation strategies or created with many curve features at the end of the program. New in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 Chamfers can be created automatically by selecting…

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How to Import & Update SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB to a newer version

The Import Database Function allows you to import changes from another SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB, as well as, update a TechDB to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS CAM. Here is the default location for the TechDB that is created when SOLIDWORKS is installed: C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS CAM\TechDB\TechDB.cwdb You…

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Creating Custom Mill Tools and Holders in SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM comes with many predefined standard milling tools to help us make short work of our projects. In the event you find yourself having to use something specialized, a custom tool can be added to your SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB. Create the custom tool with…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports glTF Export for Extended Reality

glTF™ (GLTF Transmission Format)

Developed by the Khronos Group, glTF™ (GLTF Transmission Format) is intended to be an efficient, inter-operable file format with minimum file size and run-time processing by apps. glTF files contain information such as geometry, appearances, textures, animations, motion studies, configurations, display states, exploded views, lights,…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports IES Light Profiles

Light examples

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has defined a file format which describes a light’s distribution from a light source using real world measured data. These IES Photometric files, or IES Profiles, are a lighting industry standard method of diagramming the brightness and falloff of light…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports AxF™ measured materials

AXF Materials

Traditionally, design teams have approximated the physical (optical) behavior of materials in digital tools through tedious and time-consuming manual re-creation and editing. These “hand-made” virtual representations are neither accurate nor able to be shared across the numerous design and rendering tools. AxF™ files from X-Rite…

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