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Why Spend Hours Programming Complex Parts?

Getting products to market faster, more efficiently and within budget is essential in today's machine shop environment. CAMWorks, which runs inside SolidWorks, incorporates Machining Intelligence for Automation, a suite of tools that automates the generation of toolpaths based on a user-defined technology database. Hours of complex programming time are eliminated by using Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) to automatically define prismatic machinable features, while the technology database defines operations to automatically generate toolpaths quickly.

2 ½ Axis Milling

2½ Axis Milling includes automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling and single point (drilling, boring, reaming, tapping) cycles to machine prismatic features.

*  Machining algorithms use the latest toolpath and gouge protection methods.

*  Cutting cycles provide fast, error-free toolpaths using ball, flat end mill, taper, corner round, thread mill and hog nose tools.

3 Axis Milling

CAMWorks features TekSoft's Advanced 3 Axis cutting. The Advanced 3 Axis cycles have been developed for speed, accuracy and efficient memory usage. Simple and complex parts can be cut quickly and accurately with a high quality toolpath .

Some of the features are below.
All Advanced 3 Axis Cutting Cycles:

*  Can be modified to stay contained within an area or to avoid an area.

*  Provide interactive and automatic methods for defining contain and avoid areas.
*  Have retract options to reduce travel distance between retract and reentry moves.
*  Can generate high-speed toolpaths with no sharp corners.
*  Can generate toolpaths with ball, flat, hog nose, tapered ball, tapered flat, or tapered hog nose tools.
*  Allow user defined start and end Z depths.
*  Can have separate XY and Z stock allowances.
*  Allow contain and avoid areas to be defined with different tool side conditions for On, Upto and Past.
*  Allow contain and avoid areas to have multiple closed areas.
*  Allow avoid areas to be defined such that the tool will machine over the avoid area.

*  All Advanced 3 axis cycles except Rough and Flat Area support an option to restrict the toolpath areas to a given slope and provide options for up and down milling.  
*  Advanced 3 Axis Roughing and Advanced 3 Axis Z-Level support an option to avoid small pockets.
The Advanced 3 Axis Pattern Project cycle Slice pattern includes options for cross machining.

Additional Level II Cycles
With the Level II license:

*  All Advanced 3 Axis milling operation support rest or leftover machining. Rest machining is used to reduce air cutting by restricting toolpaths to areas within the feature that have not been machined previously.
*  A new Advanced 3 Axis Stepover cycle removes material by maintaining a constant user-defined stepover relative to the surface. This cycle generates a semi-finish or finish toolpath with a true constant stepover regardless of the slope being machined.
*  The Advanced 3 Axis Curve Project cycle removes material by projecting 2.5 Axis Engrave or Curve features on the 3 axis feature. CAMWorks can calculate a single pass or multiple passes for engraving.
*  The Advanced 3 Axis Flat Area cycle uses a roughing pattern to remove material on flat faces.

Assembly Mode


CAMWorks leverages the power and flexibility of SolidWorks Assembly mode to support NC programming of multiple parts for production machining and to more accurately represent the machining environment.
Some of the key benefits include:
*  The entire machining environment can be modeled including machine components, parts , stock, clamps, and fixtures. As much or as little detail as desired can be modeled in the SolidWorks assembly document.
   *  Multiple copies of a part can be positioned in the assembly document and machined with CAMWorks.
   *  The same part can be machined with multiple different machine tools.

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