SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM

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There are quite a few CAM updates with SOLIDWORKS 2022. Let’s take a look. Assembly Support for Turn – SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro 2022 SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional has always supported programming in SOLIDWORKS assembly mode for milling. Now in SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional 2022, programming a turn part in assembly mode inside SOLIDWORKS for a 2 axis lathe is now supported. An example is shown below for a part being programmed in a SOLIDWORKS assembly for 2 Axis turning. NOTE: The new […]

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Import and Export Tool Data In SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

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In SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks you have the ability to import and export tool data from your Technology Database (TechDB) with the use of Excel. One example, you can easily export your existing tool data from your TechDB into an excel file format for mass editing. Once you have made the desired edits to your tool data while in Excel. You can then import the Excel.csv file format back in to your TechDB. Default locations for the TechDB for SOLIDWORKS […]

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Upgrading Your SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Technology Database (TechDB)

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The Import Database function allows you to import update a TechDB from an older version to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks. The Import Database function also allows you to bring in changes from another SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB and CAMWorks TechDB. Please note, in this example, I will be upgrading from 2020 to 2021. The video link below shows the steps to Upgrade Your SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks Technology Database (TechDB) Here is the default location for the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Feature Recognition When Importing SOLIDWORKS Files Into DELMIA – NC Shop Floor Programmer (NSR)

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To Begin, go to SOLIDWORKS 2021, System Options, Hole Wizard/Toolbox, ‘Include data for DELMIA applications’.  Feature Recognition in DELMIA recognizes threaded hole data from imported SOLIDWORKS part files with hole wizard data when programming a machining process inside DELMIA.  When importing the SOLIDWORKS part file into DELMIA, have the system option checked to Include data for DELMIA applications.  When hole wizard holes are created in SOLIDWORKS and converted to the platform using the Derived Format Converter (UES) into DELMIA the […]

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The “MacGyver” Tool for Your Turn/Mill-Turn Is “Continuous B Axis Turning” in CAMWorks 2021

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CAMWorks 2021 provides a new “Continuous B Axis Functionality” for Turn/Mill-Turn part models and assemblies which allow the toolpath generation by continuously tilting the B axis tool head capability which is best suited for complex geometry parts. Using traditional methods, requires multiple tools and setups to accomplish the machining these types of complex parts. But now in CAMWorks 2021, these types of complex profiles on Turn/Mill-Turn part models can be machined using a single tool and only one operation. The […]

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Share Same Technology Database For SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

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I recently had a customer who asked me a few questions about the Technology Database when using SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks. Customer Question #1: Can they could use, or share, the same TechDB when they were either using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks? Customer Question #2: If question #1 is yes, then how can this be accomplished? Customer Question #3: Can the TechDB be located on their network? My answers to all 3 of their questions… Answer #1: Yes Answer #2: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM “New” Feeds and Speeds Editor w/ TechDB Extras

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Let’s take a look into some of what’s new with SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021. Material Library In SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021 The Material Library has a new User Interface (UI) in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021. The Library is organized by material categories, material names, and then any stock items you have created. NOTE: Material categories are not editable in the Feeds and Speeds Editor in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021.       How to add new Material Library which also has a new User […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORK CAM

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All the new features I talk about in this article are available in 2021 SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and Pro. Along with all license packages of CAMWorks 2021 as well. Additional Stock Types Available in Stock Manager Before SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, there was not an easy way to define stock as a cylindrical shape for programming mill parts. Now in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, you can easily define the stock material by the part Bounding Box by a cylindrical shape for mill […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM 3 Axis Milling Strategies

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Working with customers I frequently get asked “What 3 Axis Milling programming capabilities are included with SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard?” SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard includes the following 3 Axis CAM Features:Area Clearance, Z-Level, Flat Area. Area Clearance – 3 Axis Roughing: The Area Clearance Operation is used to remove the material between the stock or contain area and the selected feature at decreasing Z depth levels by making a series of parallel cuts across the stock with various patterns. Also a Contain […]

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“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

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While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

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