In the first of our series of eBooks on Integrating Design and Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS, we discussed the advantages offered by adopting an integrated design and manufacturing solution. In the second eBook, we discussed the advantages offered by SOLIDWORKS CAD. In the third and fourth eBooks, we discussed how SOLIDWORKS solutions can enable you to determine the manufacturability of your products while you’re still in the design phase, which can save you significant time to market and cut unnecessary costs and work out of your product development process.
Achieve 100 Percent Seamless CAD/CAM Integration
Sounds like a pipe dream of all product development companies but it’s an achievable one with SOLIDWORKS and our Certified Gold CAM Partners that provide CAM applications that are 100%, seamlessly integrated with SOLIDWORKS. In other words, these CAM solutions run directly in your familiar SOLIDWORKS environment so there’s no complex new system to learn, and your users can design and machine in the same system.
This direct integration allows users to:
• Choose any of several SOLIDWORKS-integrated CAM applications–very possibly your favorite CAM system is among one these Certified Gold CAM systems
• Eliminate the need to export/import/repair model–save significant time and instantly boost your productivity
• Maintain data accuracy at all times–no translation required means no errors in translation automatically update toolpaths with design changes– associativity built into SOLIDWORKS means there is no need to start CAM programming from scratch every time there is a design change
• Always work on the most current design model–only one 3D CAD model exists–rather than multiple copies that will be out of date when the design changes
• Create different model/manufacturing configurations, create machining fixturing in SOLIDWORKS, use SOLIDWORKS sketcher to create toolpaths and toolpath approaches, and so on
• Make changes to the design model to improve manufacturability and then rebuild the toolpath instantly
• Implement a concurrent design and manufacturing approach–begin creating toolpaths earlier and give feedback to designers on how to improve the design for manufacturability
• Easily train and maintain since SOLIDWORKS and your CAM system runs on the same hardware, with the same hardware and system requirements, with a familiar user interface
Don’t waste one more day maintaining two disparate systems for design and manufacturing, spending time re-creating work and dealing with errors caused by miscommunication between teams that slow down your projects. Download the final chapter of our new eBook series to learn how SOLIDWORKS-Certified Gold CAM Partners could help your company reduce its design time by 95 percent and ramp up manufacturing productivity by 50 percent.