SolidWorks CAM Meets Tormach Machines

Over the years, we’ve developed a number of awesome relationships with various vendors, organizations, and YouTubers. Every partnership has helped us further our goal of enabling the ideas of our customers, which is why from February 4 to 7 we’ll be showcasing our products at SolidWorks World in Los Angeles.

SolidWorks 2018 now features a CAM function, which we’re proud to say was prototyped on our mills, and we’ll be demonstrating it in a manufacturing work cell during the show.

The work cell will feature a number of machines, including our PCNC 440, which will be engraving the event’s insignia. Since the PCNC 440 is capable of so much more, we’ll also be cutting demo parts in a booth just down the hall from the work cell.

While SolidWorks is predominantly known as CAD and modeling software, the addition of CAM allows users better design for manufacturing. Design for manufacturing is a growing challenge, as CAD software is becoming easier to navigate, but machine tool experience is often limited.

That’s why we’re excited over our new SolidWorks partnership. In addition to our other CAM partnerships with Autodesk Fusion 360 and SprutCAM, this partnership helps us make our machines tools even more accessible, which is what we’re all about here at Tormach!

Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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2 thoughts on “SolidWorks CAM Meets Tormach Machines

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    01/23/2018 at 2:28 pm

    With SolidWorks 2018 you get an add-on that is the same product as CAMWorks, albeit not the full version of CAMWorks. The CAMWorks add-on gives you feature-based programming with no postprocessor for PathPilot.

    Be aware that your license for CAMWorks/SolidWorks_CAM will expire unless you are on a current annual SolidWorks subscription.

    I love SolidWorks, though. Personally, I use BobCAM for SolidWorks. It is way much easier to use; either free or inexpensive training options are available (webinars, CD’s, tech support); the PathPilot post for BobCAM is free and somewhat easily customizable; and there is no mandatory annual licensing fee.


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    01/30/2018 at 10:36 am

    Exciting stuff! I just installed Solidworks CAM; where can I find a post processing file to generate code for my PCNC770? I’ve been using HSMXpress with Solidworks and I’m looking forward to give Solidworks CAM a try; if it’s as good as they say it is, it should make things considerably easier.

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