This may be the wrong group, but we make fiberglass composite parts. We use a MotoMan HP20 Robot arm (6-axis) with a rotary work table (7th axis) ... equipped with a FLow Waterjet for precise trimming of our parts.
I'm looking for a CAM package that - doesn't necessarily have to be parametric to Solidworks....but has to handle 5 and 7 axis movements.
We will also be doing 5-axis routing for pattern generation for making of our molds.
I have currently looked into MasterCAM - and there is a company that provides a plug-in for MC to handle the arm manipulations and collision avoidance, however both packages combined will run about $30K.
Any other options out there that are 7-axis capable and less expensive?