Geometric Launches the First CAM Product Fully Embedded within Solid Edge

CAMWorks® for Solid Edge® helps reduce CNC programming time from hours to minutes.

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Geometric Limited, a leader in advanced manufacturing software, today introduced CAMWorks® for Solid Edge® software, the first embedded CAM solution for the Solid Edge 3D design system from Siemens PLM Software, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. CAMWorks for Solid Edge brings proven, state-of-the-art machining capabilities to Solid Edge users. Since it is accessible directly in the Solid Edge window, CAMWorks for Solid Edge provides a consistent user interface and eliminates time-consuming file transfers. With Geometric’s patented Feature Recognition technology running in real-time to capture machined features and automatically generate or update the toolpath, manufacturing-driven design changes can be made to any CAD model using synchronous technology, a unique capability which combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design. This dramatically streamlines what has traditionally been a time-consuming process. The solution also captures the machining strategy in a customizable database, TechDB™, thus allowing efficient machining solutions to be reapplied to future designs with similar features, further enhancing productivity.

“We are very excited to extend our proven CNC programming solution, CAMWorks, to Solid Edge users enabling them to make their manufacturing process leaner and more efficient. Combining feature-based CNC programming with the strengths of synchronous technology in Solid Edge, provides users with a unique CAD-to-CAM software solution,” said Venkatesh Jagannath, Senior Vice President and Head of Consulting and Technologies at Geometric. “Our relationship with Siemens PLM Software spans more than a decade and this partnership is a testimony to our commitment to continue to introduce innovative solutions to the manufacturing community.”

“CAMWorks for Solid Edge is a powerful new addition to the growing Solid Edge ecosystem,” said Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainstream Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Since CAMWorks is embedded within Solid Edge and takes full advantage of synchronous technology, users will be able to make rapid ’on-the-fly’ edits to any CAD file in the machining environment, with full model-to-tool-path associativity. This provides our customers with a tool that is easy-to-use, and enables them to deliver high quality products to market faster and more efficiently.”

Dave Ault, owner of Fieldweld and a beta tester for the product, shared his impressions after working with the software for a week, “I really like CAMWorks for Solid Edge and I believe this is the last CAM system I’ll ever need to learn. This integrated approach is the only way to go and CAMWorks for Solid Edge is full of very powerful capabilities. The automatic Feature Recognition makes it easy to assign a machining strategy to most parts and individual Feature Recognition covers the rest. The true CAD and CAM integration has proven to be capable of associative updating on some pretty serious part changes.

The capabilities that synchronous technology brings to Solid Edge design, CAMWorks automatic Feature Recognition brings to machining, providing for a powerful and complete end-to-end manufacturing ecosystem. From design to machining this combination of Solid Edge and  CAMWorks has significantly reduced the headaches and time spent to produce parts in my shop.”