This article contains links to resources for SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks products, and answers interoperability questions.
1.What is SOLIDWORKS CAM?
SOLIDWORKS CAM, (computer-aided manufacturing), is new for 2018. Every seat of SOLIDWORKS 2018 that is on subscription will come with one seat of the SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Add-In. SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional can be purchased and is a higher level product. SOLIDWORKS CAM is made by HCL, the makers of CAMWorks.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Matrix (select compare features)
2.What is CAMWorks?
CAMWorks is a professional CAM software made by HCL that has had a longstanding place in the CAM community.
CAMWorks, a SOLIDWORKS Certified "Gold Partner product", is fully integrated computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solution designed exclusively to operate in SOLIDWORKS and offers knowledge-based, feature recognition and associative machining capabilities within SOLIDWORKS.
3. Can you use SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks together at the same company?
Yes. SOLIDWORKS CAM was designed by HCL, the makers of CAMWorks, in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS Corp. to be able to work together on the same company system.
Features and operations created on SOLIDWORKS CAM will also be available in CAMWorks, but multiaxis features created in CAMWorks will be suppressed when opened in SOLIDWORKS CAM.
SOLIDWORKS CAM is installed through the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, while CAMWorks uses a separate installer. However, they both can be used for the same installation of SOLIDWORKS, assuming you have licenses available for both.