Knowledge Based Machining Technology


SOLIDWORKS® CAM is a fully integrated, Knowledge Based Machining (KBM) technology that allows you to integrate 3D design and manufacturing processes under one system; to evaluate designs earlier in the process to avoid unexpected costs and delays in finishing products on time.

Streamline your CNC machine programming

SOLIDWORKS CAM leverages the rich content in the 3D CAD model to speed up product development and reduce error prone, time consuming, repetitive manual steps in the current development process, like programming CNC machines. Knowledge Based Machining (KBM) is the foundation for streamlining the programming process, learning as you program which frees up your time to focus on the critical areas of the components.

NOTE: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard is an add-in to all versions of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software.


Enhance your manufacturing process by capturing company standards, speed up quoting, and test manufacturability of a design earlier in the process. 

Metal Milling Tool
Feature Recognition

Recognize certain types of geometry not only as CAD features, but to understand how much those features will be manufactured, and even how much it will cost to manufacture. SOLIDWORKS CAM can find 20+ types of machinable features on parts, such as holes, slots, and pockets.

Rules-based Machining

Automatically apply best manufacturing strategies that you like to use so that manufacturing processes can be not only faster, but also more standardized.

Tolerance Based Machining

Model Based Definition (MBD) is leveraged to ensure machining strategies are automatically adjusted based on tolerance specifications. Reading tolerances and surface finishes will help you to make decisions about how to manufacture your product.

Part & Assembly machining

2.5-axis milling solution which allows users to program in either part or assembly environments.

Automatic Quoting

Automate quoting and compare it to traditional methods to ensure all aspects of the part are accounted for ahead of time.

2.5 Axis Milling

Machine prismatic features with 2.5 axis milling capabilities. SOLIDWORKS CAM includes automatic roughing, finishing, thread milling, face milling and single point (drilling, boring, reaming, tapping) cycles.

3 Axis Milling

SOLIDWORKS CAM includes 3 axis milling routines to machine complex, contoured surfaces routinely encountered in mold/tool making and aerospace applications.


SOLIDWORKS CAM 2 and 4 axis turning software for programming CNC lathe machines includes automatic roughing, finishing, grooving, threading, cutoff and single point (drilling, boring, reaming and tapping) cycles.

Associative Machining

SOLIDWORKS CAM provides true associative machining - automatically accommodating changes to your part or assembly model. Any modifications made to the SOLIDWORKS design are automatically updated in SOLIDWORKS CAM, which eliminates time consuming CAM system rework due to design alterations.

General Features
AFR - Automatic Feature Recognition - Holes
AFR - Automatic Feature Recognition - Pockets, Boss
AFR - Automatic Feature Recognition - Turn  
KBM - Knowledge Based Machining
Automatic Recognition of Multiple Setups
Indexing of the 4th & 5th axes including tombstone  
Sorting of the Operations
Toolpath Simulation
Step Through Simulation
Tolerance Based Machining - C# macro
Assembly Machining  
CAMWorks Configurations  
Stock and Work in Process Models
Setup Sheets - XML, XMLT, MDB
e-Drawings Publisher
Universal Post Generator (UPG)
Ancillary applications installed separately
CAMWorks Library Features (supports only 2.5x features)
Import / Export of CAM data
Contain and Avoid areas and features
MES Feed Speed Library
2.5 Axis Milling Features
Interactive Feature Creation
Rough Milling
Finish (Contour) Milling
Face Milling
Thread Milling
Center Drilling
3 Axis Milling Features
Multi-surface feature creation
Area Clearance
Z Level
Flat Area
Contain and avoid areas and features  
Turning Features
Face Rough  
Face Finish  
Rough Turn  
Finish Turn  
OD Threading  
Groove Rough  
Groove Finish  
Bore Rough  
Bore Finish  
Center Drill - on center  
Drill - on center  
Tap - on center  
ID Threading  
Extra Features
High-Speed Machining  
NC Editor


Accelerate your CNC programming process with easy-to-use solutions



SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard allows users to quickly program individual parts and configurations without leaving the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional 3+2 Milling


SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional builds on the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard with Assembly Machining, Turning, High Speed Machining and 3+2 programming to drive four and five-axis machines.


Seamless integration of 3D design and Manufacturing

Connected to SOLIDWORKS

Connected to SOLIDWORKS

Direct or “deep” integration allows SOLIDWORKS CAM to take advantage of information in your 3D CAD model so it’s easy for your team to make better, more-informed decisions.

Tolerance Based Machining

Utilizes tolerance-based machining

Use SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) to ensure machining strategies are automatically adjusted based on tolerance specifications.

Rules Based Machining

Easily standardizes processes

While SOLIDWORKS CAM can be used like any other CAM software—setting up operations, picking tools, setting speeds and feeds—the real advantage is found running SOLIDWORKS CAM in the automated mode (also called “rules-based” machining).


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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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