CAMWorks is a SOLIDWORKS Certified Gold Product for Manufacturing / CAM Software that provides state-of-the-art machining capabilities seamlessly integrated into SOLIDWORKS design software.

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The First Fully Integrated CAM Solution Designed for SOLIDWORKS

CAMWorks was the first fully integrated CAM solution designed exclusively to operate in SOLIDWORKS. This integration allows you to:

  • Use a single file for CAD and CAM systems for your enterprise
  • Use the CAMWorks machining tree and commands at the click of a button along with SOLIDWORKS and generate toolpaths without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment
  • Use the same SOLIDWORKS geometry to generate toolpaths to ensure the part machined is the same as the part that is modeled
  • Eliminate time-consuming file transfers using standard file formats such as IGES and SAT

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CAMWorks Modules

CAMWorks Virtual Machine

We are excited to be the first CAM system to bring the true G-code machine simulation directly integrated with the CNC programming environment. This is truly the way of the future and the fastest way to ensure that users save valuable machine time by getting their programs right the first time.

Unlike other CAM systems that use cutter location (CL) data for machine simulation, CAMWorks Virtual Machine uses the actual G-code to ensure precision and accuracy.

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Ease of Use

CAMWorks uses the familiar SOLIDWORKS interface, so it is easy to learn and easy to use. The CAMWorks trees are similar to the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager design tree. Items in the tree can be suppressed, expanded, renamed and moved using the same procedures as SOLIDWORKS. Online help, Installation and Quick Start Guide and tutorials can help you generate toolpaths and code quickly. The tutorials are provided electronically in Adobe PDF files.

Minimize Efforts

CAMWorks is a feature-based CAM system that provides the ability to automatically recognize many machinable features. Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) analyzes the solid model geometry and identifies mill features such as holes, slots, pockets, and bosses; turning features such as outside diameters, faces, grooves and cutoffs; and wire EDM features such as die openings. AFR recognizes features regardless of the CAD system in which they were created.

Features that cannot be found automatically or that need to be defined for your specific machining requirements can be defined effortlessly using the Interactive Feature Recognition (IFR) wizard.

After machinable features have been defined, the user can take advantage of the machining automation in CAMWorks to generate operations. Machining operations include roughing, finishing, drilling, etc. Operations are associated to machinable features.

Automate and Control Intelligently

Geometric Technologies (a division of Geometric Americas Inc.) innovative TechDB™ (Technology Database) is designed to significantly reduce the time required to generate machining strategies and processes. Using knowledge-based machining technology, the database associates tooling, operation strategies and machining parameters to the features. When operations are generated, CAMWorks applies these settings automatically. To further enhance the automation process, the knowledge-based rules in the TechDB are fully customizable to apply your company’s best practices. While CAMWorks promotes saving time through automation, at any time in the process full interactive manual control is available at your fingertips.

CAMWorks Pro Features

Machine Simulation

CAMWorks provides a realistic simulation of the complete machine tool, enabling collision checking between the tool and the machine components. The simulation shows the path of the tool on the actual 3D model. The complete machine tool can be created including axis configurations up to 5 Axis, machine limits, etc. The image can be manipulated during simulation to provide closer representations and views from different angles.


CAMWorks Quick Tip – Using Work-In-Process Model for Toolpath Simulation

2015-camworks-toolpath-simulationThe ToolPath Simulation in CAMWorks is an easy-to use tool to check your toolpath for several problems such as collisions, gouging, or under-machining. Proper use of the Toolpath Simulation tool should be incorporated into every CAMWorks workflow. One thing you may not know is that in CAMWorks 2014 and later you can start the simulation from a work-in-process rather than from the raw stock. This is extremely useful for simulating operations that depend on previous operations to avoid a crash.

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CNC Boring an Engine Block with CAMWorks

2015-camworks-cnc-block-heroIf you’re a pistonhead like me (that’s a gearhead to you North Americans), chances are you have or will be trawling the for-sale ads in the forums, eBay, or Craigslist at some point in your life. I was on the hunt for a "new" engine for my project car and found what I thought was a great deal, so I jumped on the phone and arranged a meeting for that weekend. I was curious to find what’s involved with CNC boring an engine. Mine was only a "four banger" but I thought it would be more interesting to see how we’d go about programming a V8 in CAMWorks.

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CAMWorks Quick Tip – Backing Up and Restoring your TechDB

5Anyone who has experienced computer issues ranging from a full-blown machine meltdown to mysterious “lost documents” understands the importance of creating backups of valuable documents. Your customized CAMWorks Technology database (or TechDB) is certainly one of those files that you don’t want to lose. Thankfully, the backup and restore process is really quite harmless and normally takes only a few minutes.

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