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Why Use a Tool Body for a Swept Cut in SOLIDWORKS?

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Have you ever wondered what benefit a 3D Swept-Cut provides? Have you ever been in need for a helical cut, but the resulting geometry isn’t quite what you expected? Let’s take a look at that third option for the Swept-Cut Command to potentially address these issues and possibly many more. SOLIDWORKS offers a third profile option for the Swept Cut feature. In addition to the standard Sweep options, Sketch Profile and Circular Profile, shared with the Swept Boss/Base feature. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Hybrid Modeling

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The past few releases of SOLIDWORKS have given us the ability to work with mesh BREP geometry which makes working with imported mesh geometries (such as from a 3D Scanner) way easier. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 and previous however, we only had the ability to add a limited number of supported features and could not combine mesh bodies with traditional solid bodies. We would need to create our traditional SOLIDWORKS BREP bodies and then convert them to mesh BREP bodies to […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is Exactly like SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Drawings have always been a means to an end. I have a cool idea; I want it made and I want it made right. So, we have the universal language of drawings to help communicate complicated three dimensional ideas and requirements with our only available medium, 2D paper. But luckily, 2D paper drawings are super easy to understand and can easily be interrogated by any user. And, vendors or production can quickly convert our drawings into usable models for their […]

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PrimeTurning in CAMWorks

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With the latest release of CAMWorks 2021Plus, we are pleased to introduce PrimeTurning from Sandvik Coromant. Sandvik Coromant has partnered with HCL Technologies to integrate its PrimeTurning technology directly into CAMWorks. So, what exactly is PrimeTurning and how can you start using it? First, let’s break down what it is, and how it works. At it’s core, PrimeTurning is a completely new way of performing turning operations that can result in 50% reduced cycle times and a more than 500% […]

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CAMWorks/SOLIDWORKS CAM User Defined Tooling Paths When Updating Versions

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SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks TechDB is an extremely powerful tool. Machines and Toolcribs can be setup quickly to run efficiently and accurately. As a result of its ease of use, customers select a Machine to program the models for milling along with Toolcrib. In today’s blog, I will show you the next step what happens when you update Versions to the USER DEFINED TOOLING and their paths. As we have learned in SOLIDWORKS CAM Essentials we start with a sketch […]

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Creating Custom Symbols for Drawing Annotations in SOLIDWORKS

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When working in SOLIDWORKS and creating your own symbols for use in Annotations such as Notes, Dimensions and Tables in Drawings, it is important to understand what is controlling these symbols and how to modify those symbols for your own use. Let’s start by taking a look at some common symbols: When adding these symbols in a Dimension, we can see the syntax typed out in the Dimension Text Box. So where is this syntax defined and how do we […]

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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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How to create a program to tread mill profile hole with SOLIDWORKS/CAMWORKS

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Recently I’ve had several Technical Support questions asking how he would set up this program. Here are the steps to create a program to tread mill profile hole with SOLIDWORKS/CAMWORKS: To get started I have set up a simple model with the SOLIDWORKS Tap hole of 1-8. Select the SOLIDWORKS CAM Operations Tree. Right click on the Mill Part Setup. Select the 2.5 Axis Mill Operations/Thread Mill. Select the Thread Mill Tool. Select the Thread Operation Features tab. Create Features, […]

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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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