SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018 is a new feature only available in SOLIDWORKS CAM that lets manufacturers simulate tool paths and generate CNC code for complex machining processes which require computer numerical control. SOLIDWORKS CAM utilizes a similar interface as that of CAMWORKS and incorporates several similar features, such as the Extract machinable features.
It is an advantage to the designer however because he no longer needs to purchase another license for a CAM software. To enable SOLIDWORKS CAM, all one needs to do is activate the add-in under the SOLIDWORKS add-in tab.
Insert Contain areas feature inside CAMWorks allows designers specify limits of a certain milling operation. Contain areas can be added to rough milling operations and also contour mills.
This helps avoid milling areas that are not required to be milled. It makes it easy to specify limits of milling operations thus reducing machine idle time.
CAMWorks 5 axis drill feature let’s you define multi-axis drilling on a part. All we need are lines defining the axis of the drilled holes and CAMWorks will do the rest.
We begin by creating a part inside SOLIDWORKS with multiple drilled holes on several faces of the part.
For this particular part, I used Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS to generate the drill holes. Even though part is quite simple, the drill feature in CAMWorks has limitless capabilities and is able to work with complex parts.
We need to define the drill holes’ positions and depth using lines.
Roland our CAMWorks Specialist goes through the capability of CAMWorks and discuss in details how we can use these functions to increase our productivity in Manufacturing Process
Topics include –
Z level cavity machining
Automatic Protrusion Calculation
Automatic Tool Path clipping
Optional Multi-Axis tool path
VoluMill Settings and options
Constant Step Over strategy
Case Studies of 3 Axis Machining &
CAMWorks is an efficient machining software that allows users to define the type of processing to be done on the part. Under the machine tab inside CAMWorks users can choose the suitable machine that can be used to perform the operations based on availability of the equipment.
One particular machining process incorporated in this interface is the wire EDM machines. These machines take machining on a new perspective.
The area clearance feature inside Camworks that lets you machine complex surfaces by using several surfacing techniques. It’s a type of multi-surface feature and is quite useful when working on surfaces in 3D.
If say we had a surface like the one shown below and we wanted to take it through Camworks so as to get the NC code required to run such an operation then we would simply specify that we require the multi-surface feature due to the surface complexity.
Move to the Camworks feature manager tree and specify your stock dimensions.