1/15/2020 | 1 MINUTE READ

CAMWorks 2020 Provides SolidWorks Support

Originally titled 'CAM Software Provides SolidWorks Support'
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HCL Technologies has developed CAMWorks 2020 with enhancements designed to assist machine shops in advancing their Smart Manufacturing practices.

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HCL Technologies CAMWorks 2020

HCL Technologies has developed CAMWorks 2020 with enhancements designed to assist machine shops in advancing their Smart Manufacturing practices. This version provides support for 3D printing of SolidWorks assemblies, the CAMWorks ShopFloor product, intelligent probing functionality and automatic tab machining.

The CAMWorks Additive Manufacturing module, powered by Materialise, has extended 3D printing functionality to SolidWorks Assemblies. Multiple parts from the same assembly or different assemblies can be nested onto the build platform, and CAMWorks automatically generates the build supports. 

CAMWorks ShopFloor enables machinists to view solid models and full simulations of CNC programs while also allowing them to edit machining data on the shop floor without the need to purchase a CAD/CAM system, the company says. All of the CAM data from the 3D digital models is captured and placed in a digital container, helping to eliminate instances when parts are cut without the most recent edits. CAMWorks ShopFloor also supports 3D models with MBD (model-based definition) and PMI (product and manufacturing information) data to avoid errors that often occur when part data is transferred through 2D drawings or other formats.

Touch probe support is said to save time and eliminate the errors that can occur with manual part setting and inspection. CAMWorks automatically selects the probing cycle based on the face/feature selection. A full set of touch probe tools has been added to the standard tool set with new parameters for probe shank and stylus. 

Automatic tab machining is designed to provide support for parts requiring additional workholding, eliminating the need to machine soft jaws or design special workholding fixtures for subsequent machining operations. Programmers input the desired number of tabs, width and thickness, and CAMWorks automatically generates the tab machining details. Tabs can be equally spaced or precisely located using distance and/or offsets. Users can specify minimum segment and arc radius and are given multiple options for lead-in and lead-out.

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