CAM

Stock setup for CNC Milling using SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard

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 CNC Milling Machine Setup

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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The differences between 3D Printing and CNC Machining

3D printing and cnc machining

In the product development phase there are many process options for creating models, prototypes, patterns or molds. Selecting the best approach requires an appreciation for the project requirements, an understanding of the process considerations, and an evaluation of the resulting time, cost and quality. Without this information, it is difficult to identify the optimal approach.…

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SolidWorks Coordinate System for CAM (Z-axis defines the “UP” direction)

I do not have to tell you that treating customers right is paramount for the success of any business. That is true for individuals also.  As a designer using SolidWorks, your very next “customer” is, most of the times, the CNC programmer. He or she will use your SolidWorks model as the input for his CAM program. In my previous job…

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