CAM

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…

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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

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…

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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…

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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 as a designer in a tool and die shop, I learned very fast how important was to keep my CNC programmer happy. His main complaint was that when importing the SolidWorks models in his program, they came oriented “the wrong way” and he had to spend extra time and clicks to rotate them in “the right” position. The reason fo this extra work is the fact that the “Up” direction in…

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