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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CAMWorks FREE Home License and Temporary Upgrades for April and May 2020

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CAMWorks Options: Helping Customers Minimize Disruption from COVID-19 At CATI we are continuously trying to offer solutions to allow you, our customers, to do your work remotely and to make the current COVID-19 situation more tolerable. With that in mind we are proud to announce HCL is offering individual FREE CAMWorks Home Licenses for April and May 2020. CAMWorks Home Licenses with ShopFloor For customers who need to work from home during this challenging time, HCL is offering individual FREE […]

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Taking Advantage of SOLIDWORKS API in SOLIDWORKS CAM

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How Do I Make My Feature Manager Design Tree When Using SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Add-In? After engineering is completed on the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD side of things your part needs to be programmed for manufacturing by using the seamless integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM and/CAMWorks. With SOLIDWORKS CAM activated inside SOLIDWORKS you may not be able to see all your CAM buttons. Taking the time to manually drag the edge of your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree every time to make it wider can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM

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     What’s NEW in SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard 2020 New – Support for Tabs Cutting in Contour Mill Operations in SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard 2020 Allows users to define tabs on the feature profile of a through mill feature machined using a single Contour Mill application.  The “Tab” feature consists of a small piece of the stock material along the profile (feature boundary) of the part.  By keeping the core material and/or part attached to the stock material with the tabbing feature, the […]

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Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

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Follow along with the video below as we explore using the NEW Image Tracer Add-in inside DraftSight 2019 Professional. I hope this makes you more efficient in SOLIDWORKS and to see the added value of DraftSight 2019 Professional.   Don Glaske Field Technical Services Manager & CAM Product Manager Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Licensing

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It was working yesterday, this morning I’m getting this error. What happened? Error warning: “Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks standard. Invalid (inconsistent) license key. (-8, 544, 0)”. Some users are seeing an issue when starting SOLIDWORKS. This could be caused by 2 issues that we will cover in this article. SOLIDWORKS License manager has been refreshed, this could happen around the maintenance renewal date. Your company decided not to pay maintenance. The SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard license is free to those […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 8 – CAM

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Another release has been delivered with a Value Added Product by SOLIDWORKS called SOLIDWORKS CAM. SOLIDWORKS CAM installation can be broken down into 2 sections (CAM Standard, CAM Standard TBM) and (CAM Professional). CAM Standard – CAM Standard TBM The installation process is simple with CAM, just run the 2018 SOLIDWORKS installation process CAM will be automatically loaded without searching for check marks to add into the software download. After the installation is complete, open SOLIDWORKS and right click on COMMAND MANAGER […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM Updates – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 has some great enhancements in SOLIDWORKS CAM. Listed below are seven updates and improvements to CAM functionality within SOLIDWORKS. 1. Taper and Neck options for non-cutting portion of the tools In the past, our inability to define the detail of the tool shank did not show accurate machining simulation. Now we can properly define the Operations Parameter Dialogue Box in the Tech DB. We now have Taper and Neck options for the Non-cutting portion of the tool. Which allow for greater […]

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