SOLIDWORKS CAM uses rules- based machining to enhance the programming process while leveraging tolerances that were assigned to components. Rules-based machining lets you focus on the critical areas of making a part rather than touching every feature that needs to be machined.
Tolerance-based Machining (TBM)
Tolerances and annotations in 3D models are used to automatically create machine programs. TBM automatically adjusts asymmetric tolerances to mean tolerances for cutting tool strategies.
Knowledge-Based Machining (KBM)
KBM is like have a machinist at your fingertips. Once features are identified by automatic or interactive feature recognition, KBM defines machining strategies and tools to best machine the geometry. Using these rules will automatically allow you to define repeatable machining processes based on your company standards.
Associativity with SOLIDWORKS CAD
Any change made to a design in SOLIDWORKS CAD is automatically updated, applied, and reflected in SOLIDWORKS CAM.
Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR)
Recognize certain types of geometry (holes, pockets, bosses, and turn–Professional only) not only as CAD features. Automatic feature recognition allows prismatic parts to be identified at a feature level based on machinable shapes.
Automate Machine Times
Automate machine time calculation and compare it to traditional methods for ensuring all aspects of a part are accounted for ahead of time before committing to production.
3 + 2 Indexing
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional can employ a machining technique where a 2.5 Axis Premium milling program is executed with the cutting tool locked in a tilted position using the five-axis machine's two rotational axes.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional 2.5 axis high-speed machining using VoluMill technology maintains constant tool pressure throughout the cutting process. The variable feed rate allows the tool to cut at full depth to shorten cycle times while extending machine and tool life. This best-in-class machining routine works with standard cutting tools to lower overhead cost when machining components.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional has turning capabilities that include face rough and finish, rough and finish turn, groove rough and finish, rough and finish bore, cut-off, ID and OD threading, and drill, and tap on center.