Learn how to apply a range of machining operations directly onto your part in preparation for manufacture

SWOOD CAM Overview

SWOOD CAM facilitates the programming of CNC toolpaths directly onto your SOLIDWORKS models. During the 2 day SWOOD CAM training course you will learn how to apply a range of different machining operations directly onto your part in preparation for manufacture.

Lessons also focus on the construction of your tool and aggregate library as well as a machining library for quick access to your most commonly used machining operations. Once we have covered the wide range of programming operations we take a look at the SWOOD CAM nesting capabilities (additional module) before exploring the power of SWOOD CAM simulation and reporting.

This training course will help you to:

  • Program CNC toolpaths for your wood projects
  • Use the SWOOD CAM nesting module to maximize material
  • Run SWOOD CAM simulation and reporting
Course Duration

 2 Days (6 hours/day)

Skill Level

Basic/Intermediate Level

Course Type

Hands-on Practical Training

Overview Demo

Watch a preview of the SWOOD CAM Training course


SWOOD CAM Training Course Requirements & Benefits

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


Completed SOLIDWORKS Essentials

At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Drilling & Milling

4-Axis & 5-Axis Machining


Acquired Skills

Construction of CNC Tools

Machining library setup and usage

Simultaneous 3-Axis operations

"The SWOOD CAM course was well planned out in stages that I clearly understood and flowed from one topic to another very easily. The tutor had great knowledge of the SWOOD CAM software and answered all the questions I fired at him with ease."

— Course student

"Very helpful with real time jobs we are currently doing, able to help set up and explained everything in great detail, enjoyed the course and learnt and understand a lot from it."

— Course student


The following lessons are included in the course

Introduction: Overview

This lesson will give a thorough understanding on the initial SWOOD setup, ensuring standard libraries and specific document templates are loaded and accessible for all the CAM team to use.

Lesson 1: CNC Tool Creation

This lesson guides you through the creation of a virtual tool library representing the tools at your machine and looks at the specific settings that can be configured for each tool in your library. Once individual tools have been generated, time is spent covering the creation of drilling aggregates and multi spindle drill configurations.

Lesson 2: Machine Setup & Panel Orientation

Lesson 2 guides users through the process of setting up a program in a single part model. Focusing on the selection of the machine, defining the panel orientation, stock sizes of the panel and the process of adding tools to the program phase ready for addition of tool paths.

Lesson 3: Drilling

Lesson 3 introduces the process for applying drilling operations to a program. This lesson reviews the manual and automatic methods of applying drilling operations in SWOOD CAM.

Lesson 4: Milling

Lesson 4 introduces 3 axis milling operations and the process to apply manually or automatically. Operations including but not limited to contouring, pocketing, grooving, Engraving and more. Each example will explain toolpath set up and detail on how to modify required settings.

Lesson 5: 3D Milling

Lesson 5 covers the set up for simultaneous 3 axis operations.

Lesson 6: 4 Axis

Lesson 6 introduces the method to create custom coordinate systems to apply operations onto angled faces. This lesson is only applicable if you have a CNC machine with a 4th axis or special angled head.

Lesson 7: 5 Axis

Lesson 7 introduces 5 axis capabilities, specifically how to apply operation that require use of all 5 axis. This lesson is only applicable if you have a 5-axis capable CNC machine.

Lesson 8: Nesting

Lesson 8 introduces SWOOD Nesting, SWOOD Nesting is a separate module to SWOOD CAM. The lesson covers the process of taking a project and generating a nested layout for CNC use. The associated optimization options are covered and explained. This lesson is only applicable if you have SWOOD Nesting module and a suitable CNC for nesting layout.

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

Choose a scheduled SWOOD CAM course

Date & Time
  • August 26, 2024 - August 27, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Live Online
Date & Time
  • November 18, 2024 - November 19, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Live Online

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