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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 x x x x x x Feature-based machining with feature…

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

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…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 8/9: Simulate Toolpaths

Simulate 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 Toolpath. Play and jog buttons for controlling the simulation. Display options for items visible during the simulation. Here we may…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 7/9: Generating Toolpaths

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 shown in blue will not have toolpaths generated as the material to be removed by this operation has been removed…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 6/9: Sorting Operations

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 by clicking and dragging in the Operation Type column and select by Tool in the Then by column. Now we can…

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

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. Now our features will be converted to machining operations using our defined strategies. If you see a yellow flag beside one…

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

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 may select the types of features SOLIDWORKS CAM will automatically detect. Enter the largest drill size you are using in Hole…

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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 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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