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CAMWorks 2019 Adds Additive-Subtractive Solution

HCL Technologies, a global technology company, has released CAMWorks Version 2019, which includes Additive Manufacturing, Tolerance-Based Machining (TBM) for turn and mill/turn parts and improvements to Technology Database (TechDB).

CAMWorks Additive Manufacturing, powered by Materialise technology, introduces the first additive-subtractive solution available for SOLIDWORKS to allow users to prepare models for their 3-D metal printers inside SOLIDWORKS. The 3-D printer model is then used as stock, and CAMWorks will generate the CNC subtractive machining operations and toolpaths needed to remove the build supports and machine other user-defined areas of the part, all inside of SOLIDWORKS. The design, additive and subtractive information are all stored within a single file, making it fully associative with the SOLIDWORKS model. Design changes made will subsequently be updated in the additive and subtractive programming.

CAMWorks 2019 also expands TBM to turn and mill/turn parts, now with full integration inside CAMWorks. TBM is designed to provide technology to help users move their programming to Industry 4.0 procedures by recognizing and using Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) - such as GD&T dimensions, notes and callouts - as well as Model Based Definition (MBD) information in the 3-D model. With this information in the 3-D model, users can eliminate the cost and manual tasks involved when using 2-D drawings, and reduce the time needed to generate CNC programs for parts with close tolerances and surface finish requirements. CAMWorks TBM automatically selects the correct machining strategies to meet the tolerance requirements, and because it is fully associative with SOLIDWORKS, any tolerance changes made to the model will automatically be updated in the CNC programming.

CAMWorks 2019 also provides several improvements to TechDB - the CAMWorks Technology Database that captures programmers' best practices and allows them to save and reuse the information that defines how they prefer to machine parts. With TechDB, users can define their preferred tools, speeds and feeds, machining strategies and associative parameters for the CNC machines on their shop floor. In addition, the TechDB can be shared with other programmers and designers working together, saving programming time and standardizing output quality.

Among the additional enhancements released in CAMWorks 2019 are significant improvements to 5-axis swarf milling, multi-turret synchronization, production multi-turret turning, toolpath editing, collision checking, multi-axis chamfer milling and additional feature recognition functionality.

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HCL Technologies

18301 Von Karman Ave., Suite 590

Irvine, CA 92612


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