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How can CAM help me Manufacture?
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Using CAM directly in SOLIDWORKS can let you generate all the manufacturing information you need to produce the components you need. Some benefits include:
  • Accurately create complex toolpaths from the part geometry.
  • Automatic toolpath updates with part geometry changes.
  • The ability to simply swap between CNC machines.
  • Simulate toolpaths before machining to ensure perfect operation.
SOLIDWORKS CAM
What is SOLIDWORKS CAM?
SOLIDWORKS CAM is also a great fit for those wanting to automate the manufacturing process to reduce the time to production.

SOLIDWORKS CAM is ideal for new starters to CAM who are wanting a hand held approach to applying toolpaths with inbuilt features to guide you along the machining process.

A few of SOLIDWORKS CAM's benefits are:
  • Easily allows automation through its feature recognition and technology database.
  • Great for new users to CAM with its simple four step workflow.
  • Ideal for use with PMI data as this is automatically recognised and modifies toolpaths to suit
SolidCAM
What is SolidCAM?
SolidCAM is a comprehensive CAM Solution that can control simple 3 axis milling machines to multiaxis mill turn and swiss turn machines.

SolidCAM offers great flexibility for skilled machinists and production engineers with operation based approach that allows specific technologies to be used when the user wants.

With SolidCAM you have the tool which can:
  • Create roughing strategies with industry leading cycle times with SolidCAM's iMachining.
  • Effortlessly apply complex 3D or 5 Axis toolpaths direct to the model.
  • Precisely control Mill-Turn or Swiss-Turn machines with multiple spindles and turrets all at once.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CAD and CAM?
Computer aided design (CAD) allows you to create 3D models for products and prototypes. The 3D models are then given to a computer aided machining (CAM) package to apply cutter paths so the product can be cut from a piece of material on a computer numeric control (CNC) machine.

SOLIDWORKS features industry standard design tools that make 3D model generation effortless, and with the SolidCAM add-in, toolpaths can be added directly to the model in the same environment allowing you to get GCode to your machine in minutes.
What is the difference between CAD and CAM?
CAD (computer aided design) is used to create 3D models of products or prototypes whereas CAM (computer aided machining) uses a 3D model to create cutter paths for a CNC machine to cut out the 3D models shape from a piece of material.

Even though CAD and CAM are different toolsets SOLIDWORKS allows you to use them together as one. This simplifies your manufacturing by everything being within one file and one interface.
What is the difference between CAD, CAM and CNC?
CNC stands for computer numeric control and is used to describe a machine that is controlled by code. Often this code is referred to as G Code or Iso Code. Using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided machining) we can create a 3D model and tool paths to remove unwanted material. A post processor is then used to convert this information into GCode for a CNC machine.
What is the best CAM software for CNC?
SolidCAM is a perfect CAM solution for users that work with SOLIDWORKS or non-native 3D cad. Being embedded inside SOLIDWORKS you can leverage not only the industry leading CAD package with excellent tools that deal with non-native cad effortlessly but you also get a comprehensive CAM package which has the leading roughing strategy, iMachining.
What is a post processor?
A post processor converts a CAM systems toolpath co-ordinates into a language that your CNC machine can interpret into machine movement.
What is CAD used for in manufacturing?
SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard CAD tool, it enables you to realize your ideas as 3D models.

From here SOLIDWORKS’ fully integrated CAM tools can create toolpaths directly onto your model and generate the NC code required for manufacturing, helping you to machine what you need with ease.
What are the advantages of using CAM?
Using SolidCAM instead of programming on the machine is a huge benefit for you. Not only this we can create complex toolpaths quickly and easily. Toolpaths can also update automatically with design changes. In addition to this in-built simulation can ensure that we cut first time right and that we do not gouge the part we want to make.

If this wasn’t enough SolidCAM’s iMachining can reduce cycle times by over 75% compare to traditional roughing strategies.

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