For years, both MasterCAM and GibbsCAM offered SOLIDWORKS users the ability to use their tools in a familiar environment via the SOLIDWORKS add-in. With these developers announcing a 2024 discontinuation date of the add-in, those who rely on these combined solutions are beginning to ask themselves...now what?
Importing files can be a hassle in any CAD or CAE environment. Different vendors utilize different kernels, and while STEP files are nice, everyone has encountered at least one that didn’t quite behave as expected. Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2017, Dassault Systemes introduced 3D Interconnect, a “CAD Translator” that can take native CAD files from other vendors.
Tab cutting in computer-aided manufacturing is a way to give special attention to components being manufactured. You can set material to not be removed from your stock so when your laser, waterjet, or plasma cutter is removing material, inside core material will not tip or fall damaging the cutting tool, machining center, or part.
The core of SOLIDWORKS CAM is its feature recognition engine, but these features are not the same extrudes and revolves we are used to with SOLIDWORKS. Let's take a tour through the feature types and allowable operations used by SOLIDWORKS CAM.
Have you ever opened SOLIDWORKS to find that the CAMWorks or SOLIDWORKS CAM icons were missing from the CommandManager or greyed out? This tutorial explains how to fix that by performing an icon reset. When this happens, it seems like all of the tool icons are missing (save one or two) or the icons are completely greyed out, thus impossible to use.