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SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks Questions

Frank Lynn
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. 
 
 
Additional Resources:
 
 
SOLIDWORKS CAM
Modify a SOLIDWORKS 2018 installation
  • Tutorials: click Help > Tutorial Panel
  • Help File: click Help > Help/F1
Hawk Ridge Systems Sites:
 
CAMWorks
CAMWorks 2018 Installation guide
These resources are also available to help you resolve your CAMWorks issues and supplement your learning.
Beyond the training manuals there are a number of tutorials and example files built in the software. To access the tutorials from your SOLIDWORKS/CAMWorks interface, click Help > CAMWorks 2015, 2016, 2017 > CAMWorks Tutorials. Each tutorial guide is labeled based off the subject they cover so be sure you are opening the correct file. Once opened, you can use Ctrl+F to do a quick search if you are looking for something specific.
  • SolidProfessor (link to create account provided through initial email from Hawk Ridge Systems after purchase)
When you received your first e-mails after purchasing CAMWorks, there should have been a link to set up your account at SolidProfessor.

They have over 4 hours of great videos on CAMWorks broken down into particular features (i.e. circular pocket, irregular slot, etc.) and operations (i.e. rough mill, contour mill, etc.), each being a few minutes long, so it's definitely worth signing up for as a way to refresh yourself on different features. Please let us know if you did not receive this email.
  • Hawk Ridge Webinars & YouTube
  • CAMWorks webinars recorded on our website (30 - 60 minutes each).
  • YouTube videos for CAMWorks, created by Hawk Ridge engineers: (2 - 10 minutes each)
 
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