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The Language of CAM G-Code Tutorial Part 1

Posted by Gabe Enright on August 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

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One of the problems with using CAM is that people either forget or never knew how to read the program running their machine. While it’s not a bad thing to trust your CAM, when you’re trying to figure out why something isn’t working as planned at the machine it can be quite helpful to understand the instructions it's being feed. So I have decided to do a blog series on G-Code.

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"Improving Large Assembly Design Using SolidWorks" the manual

Posted by Gabe Enright on January 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

A while back I saw that SolidWorks had published a Self Study Guide on Large Assembly design.  As this is always a topic of interest to our users I decided we should give it a look.  I got the boss to order a copy for each office so if you come in for training some time feel free to peruse a copy. Amazon also has it available to preview online.  You can view the Table of Contents, Index and first few pages.  They also have a "Surprise Me" button which allows you to view other random sections of the book.  If you are thinking about purchasing it this is a good way to check it out first.

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A guide to the SolidWorks Xpress Products

Posted by Gabe Enright on December 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

With the announcement of the HSMXpress I got to thinking about all the Xpress tools available to SolidWorks users.  There are nine of them by my count.  Generally an Xpress product is a lite version of an addin tool for SolidWorks.  Often they have limitations that allow the user to gain an understanding of the tool and gain some benefit.  The hope is they will see the power of the tool and compell them to purchase the full featured version.  Since some of them require an independant download from the developer its easy to lose track of them all.  Here they are with a little bit about what they do and my thoughts on them.

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CAM Speeds and Feeds Defined

Posted by Jess Levasseur on April 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM

One question that always comes up when programming a part in a CAM system is just how accurate do the speeds and feeds have to be?  This has been something debated over and over.

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