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Shawn McEachern

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

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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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports AMD ProRender

Great news for AMD fans! AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a powerful physics-based rendering engine that enables creative professionals to produce stunningly photorealistic images. Built on highly efficient, high-performance Radeon Rays technology, Radeon ProRender’s complete, scalable ray tracing engine uses open industry standards to harness GPU and…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM vs. CAMWorks

SOLIDWORKS CAM vs. CAMWorks

SOLIDWORKS CAM is powered by CAMWorks. But what is included with SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks? Compare the features in the table below: Product SOLIDWORKS CAM CAMWorks CNC Programming Capability Standard Professional Standard Milling Professional Turning Professional Premium 2.5 Axis & limited 3 3 Axis Milling…

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

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 8/9: Simulate Toolpaths 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…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 8/9: Simulate Toolpaths

Simulate Toolpaths

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 7/9: Generating Toolpaths The integrated simulator in SOLIDWORKS CAM is a great way to preview your set-up and trouble shoot issues. Click Simulate Toolpath in the CAM command manager or right-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Simulate…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 7/9: Generating Toolpaths

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 6/9: Sorting Operations Now, we convert our set-up parameters into geometry that will guide the tool. To generate toolpaths, click Generate Toolpath in the CAM command manager or tight-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Generate Toolpath. Operations…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 6/9: Sorting Operations

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 5/9: Generate Operation Plan SOLIDWORKS CAM Sorting Operations is a simple process, click Sort in the CAM command manager or right-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Sort Operations. In the Sort tab we may reorder the operations…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 5/9: Generate Operation Plan

Previous articles: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 4/9: Extract Machinable Features Once our features have been defined, we may generate our operation plan. Click Generate Operation Plan in the CAM command manager or pick your right-mouse-button on Mill Part Set-up1 and select Generate Operation Plan….

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 4/9: Extract Machinable Features

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 3/9: Defining Coordinate System Now that we have set-up our machine, defined the stock and the coordinates, SOLIDWORKS CAM will automatically extract machinable features from the model for machining. First, we need to set the options. Here we…

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

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 2/9: Defining Stock 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…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 2/9: Defining Stock

Previous article: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 1/9: Defining Machine 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…

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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…

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Getting started with SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM Workflow

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…

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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…

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