This book will teach you all the important concepts and steps used to conduct machining simulations using SOLIDWORKS CAM. SOLIDWORKS CAM is a parametric, feature-based machining simulation software offered as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS. It integrates design and manufacturing in one application, connecting design and manufacturing teams through a common software tool that facilitates product design using 3D solid models. By carrying out machining simulation, the machining process can be defined and verified early in the product design stage. Some, if not all, of the less desirable design features of part manufacturing can be detected and addressed while the product design is still being finalized. In addition, machining-related problems can be detected and eliminated before mounting a stock on a CNC machine, and manufacturing cost can be estimated using the machining time estimated in the machining simulation.
This book is intentionally kept simple. It’s written to help you become familiar with the practical applications of conducting machining simulations in SOLIDWORKS CAM.