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SOLIDWORKS CAM will allow users to program 2.5 axis parts for milling, turning, Laser, Plasma and Waterjet processes. This functionality will rely on the use of rules-based machining to allow users to take advantage of MBD tolerances applied in the SOLIDWORKS model.  Knowledge Based Machining (KBM) is the foundation for streamlining the programming process – it learns as you program.

There are two ways to create features in SOLIDWORKS CAM: Automatic and Interactive. Automatic will find and create prismatic features automatically for you. This can save time during the programming process. You retain the flexibility to define any feature interactively using edges, faces or sketches. This flexibility allows you to quickly and easily create parametric features that update when changes are made to the model.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard is a free add-in to all versions of SOLIDWORKS Desktop. It was released with the launch of 2018 SOLIDWORKS SP0.


SOLIDWORKS CAM provides you with the ability to:

  • Define features from the solid model to the machine, created on native SOLIDWORKS parts or imported components using 3D Interconnect
  • Automatic Feature Recognition allows prismatic parts to be automatically programmed while referencing programming standards
  • Read tolerances and surface finishes and make decisions about how to manufacture the product
  • Automate apply standardized manufacturing processes
  • Automate quoting and compare it to traditional methods to ensure all aspects of the part are accounted for ahead of time

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Part Programming
  • Assembly Programming
  • Rules Based Machining
  • Tolerance Based Machining
  • 3+2 Milling
  • 2.5 axis turning, including part and assembly machining
  • Feature recognition
  • MBD data recognition

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