Why is there not a Cam package within SW? Why have they not bought up one of the lesser players in this market and incorporated it into SW?
Autodesk have gone down this route already and acquired DellCAM & HSM Works
I think Dassault Systems probably will eventually and they seem to like Israeli products so I'd love them to buy out SolidCAM as iMachining is a fantastic module and the most popular CAM Package in the UK at least being sold through the majority of VARS here.
However if DS do this then they're going to hit all the other partner products by recommending a specific package globally, but you'd want to be looking at the Gold Partners that are fully associative to the SolidWorks model and ones that offer module base upgrades to allow your company to expand it's offerings over time rather then be limited to a one trick pony.
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Certainly agree with what you're saying and maybe they're looking at it now, who knows - the portfolio is ever growing such as Plastics, Electrical, Inspection, MBD in recent years.
There are third party cam packages that are very well integrated into SolidWorks as an add-in. If you didn't know better you wouldn't be able to tell that they weren't an official SW product. The two that come to mind are CAMWorks and HSMWorks (I prefer HSMWorks).
Thank You Jamil, I am well aware of the offerings from 3rd parties. In fact I'm looking into them now. However, no matter how seamlessly they are integrated they are still not actually SW products. My point was that SW has FEA, PDM, CFD, Plastics Flow, Electrical (circutworks), etc. Why hasn't SW decided to throw their hat into the Cam arena? It seems lucrative enough to be cost justifiable.
Jamil - Are you using the free version of HSMX? Is it worth getting? Thanks.
We use the paid version because we require 3D toolpaths and 5-axis machining. But if you don't need either of those functions then I'd definitely recommend HSMX. It's basically the exact same functionality without 3D and multi-axis (I believe).
Solidworks does have a cam package, you will have to go to addins and turn on toolbox.
I am not sure if it comes with all packages of Solidworks,
Brain means COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURE as in CNC programming, not CAM gears found in toolbox.
Well I guess it does not have one,
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