VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS – Gold Certified CAM

Overview

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS is based on our industry leading VisualCAM software that is fully integrated in SOLIDWORKS 2011 thru 2020. VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS, offers an intuitive combined user interface for CAD and CAM, fully associative toolpath updates, and a wide variety of post processors. And being integrated with SOLIDWORKS means, you can automatically update your toolpaths if your model changes. This seamless integration also means you only have one interface to learn, saving even more valuable time.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS, includes a Milling and a Turning module.

Configurations


AlibreCAM comes in 5 different configurations to suit the varied machining needs of our customers.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Xpress (XPR)

This is a general purpose program tailored for hobbyists, makers and students. Ideal for getting started with CAM programming. Includes 2 & 3 axis machining methods. Packed with sufficiently powerful manufacturing methods this easy to use package is not only effective but also attractively priced for the budget conscious or entry level buyer. This configuration includes both the MILL & TURN modules.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Standard (STD)

This is a general purpose machining program targeted at the general machinist. This product is ideal for the rapid-prototyping, hobby and educational markets where ease of use is a paramount requirement. Includes 2-1/2 Axis, 3 Axis and Drilling machining methods. This configuration includes both the MILL & TURN modules.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Expert (EXP)

This configuration allows 4th Axis Indexed and continuous roughing and finishing operations to be created. Curve based continuous machining such as 4 Axis Facing, Pocketing, Profiling & Engraving as well as Surface/solids/meshes based machining such as Roughing, Finishing and Curve Projection machining are available. This configuration includes all of the functionality included in the STD configuration. This configuration includes both the MILL & TURN modules.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Professional (PRO)

This powerful package is ideal for mold, die and tooling, wood working rapid-prototyping and general machining markets. This product boasts of powerful toolpath generation strategies coupled with tools for efficiently controlling the cutting tool for detailed machining capabilities, while not sacrificing ease of use. Suitable for demanding users with sophisticated manufacturing requirements. This product configuration includes all of the functionality included in the EXP configuration described above. This configuration includes both the MILL & TURN modules.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Premium (PRE)

This package includes our new 5 Axis continuous machining functionality. Suitable for highly sophisticated machining requirements such as aerospace, advanced mold making and woodworking industry, this package includes such machining methods such as surface normal machining, swarf machining and surface flow machining. The package in addition includes all the functionality found in the PRO configuration described above. This configuration includes both the MILL & TURN modules.

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS Features

VisualCAM comes in 5 different configurations to suit the various needs of our customers. These are Express (XPR), Standard (STD), Expert (EXP), Professional (PRO) & Premium (PRE). The features found in each of these configurations are tabulated below.

Milling

2 1/2-Axis Milling XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Pocketing
Profiling
Facing
Engraving
V-Carving
V-Carve Roughing
2-1/2 Axis Feature Detection
2-1/2 Axis Feature Machining
2-1/2 Axis Roughing
High Speed Pocketing
Chamfering
Hole Profiling
Hole Pocketing
T-Slot Milling
Slot Milling
Thread Milling
Drag Knife Cutting
Re-Machining
3 Axis Milling XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Horizontal Roughing
Parallel Finishing
3 Axis Feature Detection
3 Axis Feature Machining
Horizontal Finishing
Radial Machining
Spiral Machining
Clear Flats Machining
Plunge Roughing
Horizontal Re-roughing
Plunge Re-roughing
Projection Pocketing
3D Offset Profiling
3D Offset Pocketing
Pencil Tracing
Valley Re-Machining
Plateau Machining
Steep Area Parallel Machining
Horizontal Hill Machining
Curve Machining
Between 2 Curves Machining
Reverse Post Machining
4 Axis Milling XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
4 Axis Indexed Machining
4 Axis Auto Multiple Indexing
4 Axis Continuous Facing
4 Axis Continuous Pocketing
4 Axis Continuous Profiling
4 Axis Continuous Engraving
4 Axis Parallel Roughing
4 Axis Parallel Finishing
4 Axis Radial Finishing
4 Axis Projection Pocketing
4 Axis Drive Surface Machining (True 4 Axis)
5 Axis Milling XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
5 Axis Indexed Machining
5 Axis Curve Projection Machining
5 Axis Continuous Flow Curve Machining
5 Axis Between 2 Curves Machining
5 Axis Drive Curve Machining
5 Axis Surface Normal Machining
5 Axis Swarf Machining
Hole Making XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Automatic Hole Selection, Sorting
Drilling
Tapping
Boring
Reverse Boring
User Defined Cycles
4 Axis Drilling
4 Axis Tapping
4 Axis Boring
4 Axis Reverse Boring
Tools XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Standard Tools (Ball, Flat, C Rad., Vee, Drill)
Advanced Tools (Taper,Tap,Bore,R.Bore)
Form Tools
Stepped Tools
Analytical Holder Collision Detection
Toolpath Editing XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Toolpath Graphical Viewing
Toolpath Graphical Editing
Toolpath Instancing
Toolpath Arc Fitting
Power Features XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Avoid Regions
Predefined Regions
Default Knowledge Base
Machine Control Operations
Cabinet Design Decomposition
Rotate Table Setups
Multiple Setups
Fixture Offset Programming
Check Surface Boundary Creation
Tool Silhouette Boundary Creation
Tool Double Contact Boundary Creation
Tool Holder Collision Boundary Creation

Turning

2 Axis Turning XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Roughing
Finishing
Groove Roughing
Groove Finishing
Threading
Follow Curve Finishing
Parting Off
Groove Finishing
Axial Hole Making XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Drilling
Tapping
Boring
Reverse Boring

Common to Mill & Turn

Cutting Simulation XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Toolpath Animation
Cut Material Simulation
Advanced Cut Material Simulation
Visual Holder Collision Detection
Part-Stock Comparison
Machine Tool Simulation (MILL Only)
Post Processor Generator XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Customizable Post Generator
Simulate Cycles
Arc Output
Helix Output
Spiral Output
5 Axis Output
Miscellaneous XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
HTML Shop Documentation

Other Features

XPR STD EXP PRO PRE
Runs inside SOLIDWORKS 2011-2020