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.
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.
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.
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 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.