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On-Demand Webinar: Machining Within SOLIDWORKS

By Emily Wolfe on February 1, 2018

SOLIDWORKS CAM was introduced as part of the design to manufacturing solution at SOLIDWORKS World last year and is powered by CAMWorks. This knowledge-based technology gives users the ability to evaluate designs earlier in the process which helps avoid unexpected costs and delays to finishing products on time. It is available in both Standard and Professional versions. Stream our webinar below to learn more! 


SOLIDWORKS CAM is an add-in to all versions of SOLIDWORKS and provides the ability to:

  • Recognize certain types of geometry, not only as CAD features, but the quantity and cost of features before manufacturing
  • Read tolerances and surface finishes to make decisions about how to manufacture the product
  • Automatically apply your preferred manufacturing strategies so the process is not only faster, but also more standardized

Automatic Vs. Interactive Feature Recognition

There are two ways to generate features within SOLIDWORKS CAMTo save time during the programming process, use Automatic Feature Recognition to generate machining operations direct from native or imported geometries. If you are looking for more flexibility, Interactive Feature Recognition allows you to define any feature using edges, faces or sketches. This gives you the ability to quickly and easily create features that update when a model changes. 

Tolarence Based Machining 

To maintain consistency when programming and save time by using information that is already created in a 3D model, SOLIDWORKS CAM will understand the tolerances and change machining strategies accordingly within a given part file. With Tolerance Based Machining, the chance of missing a dimension or other errors is greatly reduced. 


High-Speed Machining

Regarding tooling and equipment, most businesses have different degrees to meet their specific demands. However, all businesses want to get the most out of their equipment. High-speed machining is a science-based toolpath allows users to increase output while extending tool life and reducing machine wear.

All these different options help to make sure you get functionality you need, but it can be hard to know which package best meets your requirements. That’s why we created a CAM product matrix for easy comparison.

Download the CAM Matrix