CAMWorks

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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Explore the new benefits of CAMWorks 2015

Exclusive CAMWorks 2015 video series created by Hawk Ridge Systems. See all of the new features and enhancements in CAMWorks 2015.

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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.

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CAMWorks Quick Tip: Using a Pocket to Cut Machinable Jaw Blanks

2Machinable Jaw Blanks or “soft jaws” are a repeatable and effective work holding solution for odd-shaped parts. In this article I will discuss a simple but effective method in CAMWorks for getting toolpath to cut your jaw blanks for most parts. When I say most parts, I mean any part that only requires the outer profile to be cut into the jaws.

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CAMWorks Corner – CNC Machining a Turbo Impeller

impellerWith media coverage of the World Cup dominating news and sports sites, you may have missed some other major sporting events, such as the Le Mans 24hr and the Nürburgring 24hr. Whether it's nostalgia and the opportunity to see some of motor racing’s elite at the French race, or the attraction of camping in a forest listening to cheesy Euro pop while slurping copious amounts of high quality beer at the German event, both provide an incredible experience for a motorsport fan. Given that the Porsche 919 Hybrid was sponsored by DMG Mori, it just made sense to have it related to machining a turbo impeller. So what’s involved?

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SolidWorks and CAMWorks: The Dog ID Tag Project

hunter's_dogHave you ever bought something only to realize it's so poorly designed you could have made a better one yourself? That's exactly what happened to me when I paid $20 for a “custom engraved” dog ID tag from one of the pet store chains. My dog Chimera (pronounced KY-MEE-RA) only wore it for 6 months. It was so scratched, bent, and corroded I could hardly tell what it said. I needed a dog ID tag that was sturdy enough it wouldn't get damaged in a wrestling match. It had to be easy to clean and refinish after several months of use. I also wanted something unique. Stock designs are somewhat cliche; everyone has a dog ID tag shaped like a bone, heart, or disk (I bet you do, too). So what would any like-minded engineer do? Why, enlist SolidWorks and CAMWorks, of course.

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