How to generate, modify and post process 2.5 axis milling toolpaths

SOLIDWORKS CAM Essentials Overview

This course teaches how to use the SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and CAMWorks software to generate, modify and post process 2.5 axis milling toolpaths used for machining SOLIDWORKS part files.

This training course will help you to:
  • Apply Automatic or Interactive Feature Recognition
  • Specify limits of milling operations reducing machine idle time
  • Apply Advanced Features and Operations such as Engrave, Curve, Multi-stepped Hole, Corner Round and Chamfer Machining, Tap and Thread Mill Hole Operations, and Multi Surface.
  • Customize the SOLIDWORKS CAM Technology Database.
Course Duration

Online 2 Days (7 hours/day)

Skill Level

Essential Level

Course Type

Hands-on Practical Training

SOLIDWORKS CAM Essentials Course Requirements & Benefits

Understand the course requirements and the skills you will acquire after completing the SOLIDWORKS CAM course


Completed SOLIDWORKS Essentials

At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Automatic/Interactive Feature Recognition

CAM Features and Operations

Pattern Features and Mirror Toolpaths

Acquired Skills

Able to run standard CAM operations

Better understanding of 2.5 axis milling

Apply Engraving, Tap and Thread

SOLIDWORKS CAM Essentials Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: SOLIDWORKS CAM Basics and User Interface

  • SOLIDWORKS CAM User Interface
  • Process Overview
  • Case Study: Generate Toolpaths and NC Code
    • SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature Tree
    • Operation Plans
    • Toolpaths
  • Exercise 1: Generate Toolpaths and NC Code

Lesson 2: Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) and Operation Modification

  • Working with Features, Operations and Toolpaths
    • Automatic Feature Recognition
    • Feature Strategy
  • Case Study: Working with Features, Operations and Toolpaths
    • Modifying Operations
    • Modifying Parameters
    • Design Changes
  • Exercise 2: Generate and Modify Toolpaths

Lesson 3: Interactive Feature Recognition (IFR)

  • Interactive Feature Creation
    • Case Study: AFR and IFR Feature Creation
    • 2.5 Axis Features
    • Part Perimeter Feature
  • Mill Part Setup
  • Case Study: IFR 2.5 Axis Feature and Operation Creation
    • Work Coordinate Offsets
    • Selection Filters
  • Case Study: IFR 2.5 Axis Feature Selection Filters
  • Exercise 3: Interactive Feature Creation

Lesson 4: Interactive Operations

  • Interactive 2.5 Axis Mill Operations
  • Case Study: Interactive Operation Creation
  • Case Study: Create Operations
  • Save Operation Plan
  • Case Study: Save Operation Plan
  • Exercise 4: Interactive Operations

Lesson 5: Merging Features and Operations

  • Machining Similar Features
    • Create Group
    • Combine Operations
  • Case Study: Combine Operations
    • Link Operations
  • Case Study: Combine Selected Operations
  • Exercise 5: Combine and Link Operations

Lesson 6: Avoid and Contain Areas

  • Adding Avoid and Contain Areas
  • Case Study: Add Avoid Area
  • Exercise 6: Avoid Areas

Lesson 7: Pattern Features and Mirror Toolpaths

  • Patterning
  • Case Study: Create Linear, Circular and Sketch Driven Patterns
    • Mirror Toolpaths
  • Case Study: Mirror Toolpaths
  • Exercise 7: Pattern and Mirror Toolpaths

Lesson 8: Advanced Features and Operations

  • Advanced Feature Creation
    • Engrave Feature
  • Case Study: Engrave Feature Creation
    • Curve Feature
  • Case Study: Curve Feature Creation
    • Multi-stepped Hole
  • Case Study: Multi-stepped Hole Machining
    • Tap and Thread Mill Hole Operations
  • Case Study: Tap and Thread Mill
    • Corner Round and Chamfer Machining
  • Case Study: Corner Round and Chamfer Machining
    • Multi Surface Feature
  • Case Study: Multi Surface Feature Creation
  • Exercise 8: Advances Features and Operations
  • Exercise 9: Multi Surface Machining

Lesson 9: Customizing the Technology Database

  • SOLIDWORKS CAM Technology Database (TechDB)
    • User Defined Tool
  • Case Study: User Defined Tool Creation
    • Mill Machine
  • Case Study: TechDB Add Machine
    • Mill Tool
  • Case Study: TechDB Add Tool
    • Tool Crib
    • Strategies
  • Case Study: TechDB Create and Apply Strategy
  • Exercise 10: User Defined Tools
  • Exercise 11: Add Tool to Tool Crib
  • Exercise 12: Customize Technology Database

Appendix A: Considerations for Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Machining

  • Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Machining
  • Case Study: Plasma Workflow

Appendix B: Tolerance Based Machining

  • Tolerance Based Machining Overview
  • Case Study: Tolerance Based Machining

Training Methods

Choose the training method right for you


Group/Public Training

Receive training as a group (limited amount per class) from certified instructors using vendor approved training content and methodologies.

Training is delivered either live online or in a traditional classroom environment.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • More effective than video based training, with videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
3DEXPERIENCE Onsite Training

Private Training

This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

Training is available live online, in-person classroom or onsite at your location.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Training Courses

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  • August 6, 2024 - August 7, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
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