SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional
SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional builds on the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard to increase programming capabilities. SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional adds the following functionality:
• Assembly Machining:
Users who are looking to design fixturing or machine a group of parts can create the tables, vises, clamps, or any other holding mechanisms using a SOLIDWORKS assembly. Once the design is complete, programmers can define what components are used for machining and which ones are fixtures.
SOLIDWORKS CAM will automatically make adjustments to the toolpaths to avoid the fixtures. This level of automation allows the programmer to focus on the entire machining process quickly.
SOLIDWORKS CAM will support single turret turning inside the SOLIDWORKS part environment. Similar to part milling, users can take advantage of Automatic Feature Recognition, Knowledge-Based Machining, and configurations. A predefined library of tools and machining strategies are loaded into the Technology Database. These can be customized at any time to enhance the programming process. Users have the ability to create custom tools and holders for specific machining operations. Simultaneous mill/turn or live tooling functionality is not available with SOLIDWORKS CAM.
• 3+2 Milling:
Programmers can take advantage of 4- and 5-axis machining centers with SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional. These machines can have the fourth and fifth axis’ pre-positioned into place before running 2.5- axis milling strategies. This allows users to create multiple fixtures and work holding to reduce setup time. This type of programming allows companies to produce large production runs with minimal operator interaction.
• High-Speed Machining:
With the advancements in machine tools and tooling it is necessary to optimize machining toolpaths to get the most out of your equipment investment. SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional utilizes VoluMill 2.5-axis milling routines from Celeritive™ Technologies. The advantages of using these machining strategies are
– Up to 75% savings on cutting tool costs.
– 50% to 80% reductions in machining cycle times.
– Easy-to-learn machining strategies
– No special machine tools are required
– Reduced wear and tear on your equipment due to smoother transitions in toolpaths