SOLIDWORKS CAM

Metal Manufacturing

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What Versions of SOLIDWORKS CAM are there?
Standard, Professional & CAMWorks
SOLIDWORKS CAM comes in three different packages scalable to meet the needs of your business with inbuilt functionality. All bundles use the award winning intuitive and easy to use Microsoft Windows native interface to accelerate your design process and increase productivity. Watch our introductory videos, compare products or download a trial today.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard
SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard's powerful knowledge based machining allows you to start machining immediately and is included free with your SOLIDWORKS subscription.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional extends the feature set of Standard with the addition of Volumill, turning and fixturing.
CAMWorks
CAMWorks is the complete CAM solution with the addition of 3D milling, Simultaneous 5 Axis toolpaths and millturn.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Matrix

SOLIDWORKS CAM
STD
PRO
CAM
Ease of use
  • Learn Fast: In-Context and Toolbar Menus, Command Search, Built-In Tutorials, Searchable Help Documentation
  • Work Fast: Hot Keys, Customizable Commands, APIs
  • Get Help Fast: Local and Worldwide Support Services
Milling Feature Recognition
  • Pocket, Hole, Perimeter and Face Recognition
  • PMI Data recognition
  • Automatic toolpath resizing for model limits, fits and surface finish
Stock and Tool Creation
  • Create and store tool cribs and individual tools
  • Create Stock from bounding boxes, sketches, stls or SOLIDWORKS Parts
  • Make use of stored default billet sizes for stock
  • Flexible Work Coordinate system placement
Standard toolpath Strategies
  • Pocketing
  • Profiling
  • Drilling
  • Chamfering
  • Facing
  • Area Roughing
  • Constant Z Finishing
  • Flat Area Finishing
Multi- Part and Assembly Machining
  • Machine multiple parts at once
  • Machine assembly models
  • CAM Configurations to allow different machining strategies in the same part
  • Use of fixtures and fixture avoidance
Milling Probing
  • Ability to use probe tools and create toolpaths
  • Use probe cycles to find Bore and web sizes
  • Datum shifting co-ordinate systems from probe results
Professional toolpath Strategies
  • 2.5D Volumill
  • Face Turning
  • Internal and External Profile Turning
  • Grooving
  • Threading
WIRE EDM
  • IOne click 2 axis and 4 axis toolpath and code creation
  • 5 Axis toolpath creation
  • Direct interface with EDM machines
Nesting
  • Simple 2D nesting of SOLIDWORKS parts onto plate
  • Take account of grain or part direction and orientation
  • Create and save custom sheets
  • Save nested geometry directly as dxf's or assemblies
Mill Turn
  • Use of live tooling and C axes on a lathe
  • Milling of wrapped and complex geometries
  • Synchronisation of Turrets and spindles
3D and Multiaxis Milling
  • Comprehensive 3D roughing and rest roughing toolpaths
  • 3D Volumill
  • 3D Finishing including Constant Z, Pattern Project and constant stepover
  • 3D single surface finishing and undercutting
  • Simultaneous 5 axis milling
  • SWARF milling
Complete Gcode Verification
  • Simulation of produced G Code on a virtual replica of a machine
  • Gouge detection and machine collision reporting
  • Gcode modification and resimulation
  • Mcode and cycle support
Frequently Asked Questions
Is SOLIDWORKS CAM the same as SolidCAM?
SOLIDWORKS CAM is an add-in which uses technology developed by CAMWorks. It’s key focus is to give you high levels of automation and ease of for new starters to CAM.

SolidCAM is a partner product which offers a complete suite of CAM Tools for manufacturing engineers to complete any task they have.
Does SOLIDWORKS have a CAM Package?
SOLIDWORKS CAM allows you to generate CNC code directly from your SOLIDWORKS model. Available to all users on subscription SOLIDWORKS CAM gives you a 2.5D milling tool set and this can be upgraded to be capable of producing 5 Axis milling and Mill turn programs if needed.
How do you use the CAM feature in SOLIDWORKS?
If you are on subscription with SOLIDWORKS it’s as easy as going to add ins and turning the SOLIDWORKS CAM add in on. In this blog we went in depth of how to get started with SOLIDWORKS CAM.
Is SOLIDWORKS CAM included in SOLIDWORKS?
SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard is included for free with all users on subscription with SOLIDWORKS. This allows you to create 2.5D milling toolpaths by automatically recognising features and applying strategies that you have pre defined.
What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks?
SOLIDWORKS CAM is great to get for 2.5D milling and Turning requirements but as your business grows and your need for more advanced toolpaths becomes more prevalent. CAMWorks can be an ideal solution. CAMWorks takes all your SOLIDWORKS CAM data that you have already and upgrades your capabilities, so that you can make 5 Axis and complex mill turn toolpaths.

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