Articles by: Shawn McEachern

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

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 2/9: Defining Stock

In this article we will define our Stock for 2.5/3 axis milling. SOLIDWORKS CAM has versatile tools for quickly defining the size of the stock while maintaining references to the part so geometry changes update automatically. Defining the Stock In the SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature Tree we can define our Stock using any of the following…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 1/9: Defining Machine

In this article, we will define our CNC Machine for 2.5/3 axis milling in SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard. To machine our parts properly we must define the capabilities of our CNC Machine. Defining a CNC Machine In the SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature Tree we can define our Machine using any of the following methods: Select the Define…

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Getting started with SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM Workflow

What is SOLIDWORKS CAM? SOLIDWORKS CAM is a Computer Aided Manufacturing add-in for SOLIDWORKS that allows us to create G/M code for CNC machining our parts. What is special about SOLIDWORKS CAM is that it uses Knowledge Based Machining with Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR). Our part features can be automatically recognized from our model. By…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 3/9: Defining Coordinate System

In this article, we will define our Coordinate System for 2.5/3 axis milling with SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard. The Coordinate System setup indicated on the part will become the work offset for machining (ex. G54). It is critical that the axis of the CNC machine matches the part to be machined. In the SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature…

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SOLIDWORKS not responding? Enable Status Feedback (in 2018 SP3 and above)

Ahh! The nasty white glaze screen of SOLIDWORKS not responding. This condition is triggered by a Windows application timeout. Where it thinks the application has stopped responding due to the length time the application is working in the background. Don’t be fooled! SOLIDWORKS could still be working and if you hit close you will lose…

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How to fix “Encountered invalid record index” error when importing a STEP file

Have you “Encountered invalid record index” when importing a STEP file into SOLIDWORKS? To fix the file try the following: Deactivate “3D Interconnect” in SOLIDWORKS Options > System Options > Import Open the STEP file using text editor such as Notepad. The file will open as text. Use Search/Find, and search for: PRESENTATION_STYLE_ASSIGNMENT If this…

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Three SOLIDWORKS Video Issues and how to solve them

SOLIDWORKS Video Issue

Experiencing SOLIDWORKS Video issues? Here are three common issues and how to solve them: Assembly or part disappears You are working away on your model and POW it disappears completely. You zoom to fit, nothing. You zoom extents, nothing. You zoom to a component, nothing. You do a Ctrl-Q, nothing. You close the file and…

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How to convert a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Thickness to a Gauge Value

A common practice in industry when working with SOLIDWORKS sheet metal is to show thickness as gauge value. For example, 20 gauge equals 0.0359 in. We will accomplish this using an equation, and IF statements to convert the values. Here is an example. This condition indicates that if the value is 0.0359, it is desired to display “20” as a result. Gauge_Number = IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.0359,…

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