FreeMILL for SOLIDWORKS – Free CAM Software in SOLIDWORKS

Overview

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FreeMILL, as the name indicates, is a free milling module for programming CNC mills & routers. FreeMILL running inside SOLIDWORKS design software, gives you a great entry level milling software product that is completely free of cost! Yes, completely free with no time limits, number of tries limit, number of saves limit or lines of code limit! (Note that the SOLIDWORKS design software needs to be purchased and licensed separately.)
With FreeMILL you will be able to:
1. Create a toolpath where the tool is driven along a set of parallel planes to cut your geometry
2. Create both Roughing and Finishing toolpaths
3. Run full cutting and material simulation of toolpaths
4. Output G code to your machine tool of choice

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Details

FreeMill is Free and Powerful CAM Software!

FreeMill is a completely free milling program that runs inside of SOLIDWORKS. It can be easily installed on any computer that is running SOLIDWORKS version 2010 and higher and supports all standard milling machines and milling machine routers.

The FreeMill browser quickly and easily guides you through the milling process, making it an excellent tool for small firms, engineers, and students. FreeMill is perfectly suited for handling simple milling jobs and is also a good way to learn about CAM software. FreeMILL comes with a demo version, manual, and several instructional videos on how to use the software.

FreeMill supports both rough milling in multiple z level cuts and finish milling on complex 3D objects. You can mill multiple cutting directions in a single tool path while controlling stepover and stepdown distances. Other features include the ability to zero out at any point on the part or stock, support for end mills, ball mills and corner radius mill. FreeMill features three axis milling technology, perfect cutting complex 3D objects.

FreeMill also includes tool path and cut material simulation, allowing you to visualize the entire milling process before machining. This makes it a great tool for engineering students and prototype production designs.

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FreeMILL is not a separate product but is a module that is included in VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKSand thus runs as a plug-in inside SOLIDWORKS. So make sure SOLIDWORKSis installed on your machine first before installing FreeMILL.

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Video of FreeMILL for SOLIDWORKS Download & Installation video
Video of FreeMILL running in SOLIDWORKS video
Learn about the features in FreeMILL Data Sheet

Note that even though you may choose not to purchase VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS, you can still run FreeMILL completely free of cost, while the rest of the CAM product will continue running in Demo mode, that is, without the ability to save CAM data or post-process toolpaths.

Feature List

The table below summarizes the various features found FreeMILL.

Cutting Direction Set tool axis direction to cut part from different orientations
Stock Create a rectangular box stock to start machining from
Machine Coordinates Set machine zero to any point on the model
Tools Create Ball, Flat and Corner Radius Mills
Feeds & Speeds Set the cutting feeds and spindle RPM to control cutting
3 Axis Milling Create parallel cuts along the X or the Y direction
Toolpath Simulation Perform cut simulation to visualize machined part
Post-Processing Select from over 300 controllers to output toolpaths to