Announcing 2016 CAMWorks Turn!


2016 CAMWorks Turn course!

CAMWorks is used to generate tool paths for CNC machines to manufacture parts. The CAMWorks interface runs directly in SOLIDWORKS, so the interface will look very familiar to existing SOLIDWORKS users.

SolidProfessor’s CAMWorks Turn course walks users step by step through the entire process of generating G-code for a lathe using the CAMWorks add-in. You will be able to set the stock size, define the machinable features, create, simulate, and adjust toolpaths, and automatically output G-code.

  You will learn the 6 steps to set up a CAMWorks Turn part:
  1. Define the Machine
    • This step lets you define the machine you’re going to use to machine the part. This includes setting up the units, choosing whether it’s going to be a milling feature or a turn feature, and choosing your toolcrib.
  2. Define the Stock
    • This step lets you define the material you’re going to use for the part, and the size of the material block (called the stock) that you’re going to start off with. You can either use a bounding box or a sketch to define this.
  3. Define the Features
    • After you define the machine and stock, you’re ready to define the features you need in order to create the part (for example, bosses, pocket features, and perimeter features). CAMWorks has an option called Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR), which automatically recognizes the features for you.
  4. Generate Operations
    • This step lets you define the series of steps or operations that will be used to machine each feature. You can use the “Generate Operation Plan” option to have CAMWorks automatically create all of the operation plans automatically.
  5. Generate Toolpaths
    • CAMWorks creates tool paths based on the size and shape of the features that will be machined. You can do this at once by using the “Generate Toolpath” option.
  6. Simulate Toolpaths
    • After you’re done with everything, the last step is to preview what your machine is going to do. Simulate Toolpath lets you see the movement of the tool and a preview of the finished part.

If you’re new to SolidProfessor, create a free account to check out the first 5 videos of the course or watch all 32 videos in the course with a Standard, Professional, or Premium membership.

Tony Glockler
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SolidProfessor Co-Founder and CEO, CAD junky, sailer, surfer and former world traveler (before kids, that is).