Snackbyte:The Interoperability Between Solid Edge and CAM Express

One major theme of our Snackbyte series thus far has been to demonstrate how Solid Edge is more than just a CAD tool. It offers a portfolio of solutions to take your product from design through manufacturing.

In this short video, Tony Lisle, PROLIM’s CAM Application Engineer, demonstrates the easy interoperability between Solid Edge and CAM Express (also known as NX CAM), allowing for a smooth and easy transition from file to file. February Solid Edge + CAM Express Promotion.

Let’s take a look at some of the takeaway points of the second half of the video, where you truly see how CAM Express/NX CAM and Solid Edge work together seamlessly. You can also keep the below handy as a quick step-by-step for updating your CAM files after you’ve made changes in Solid Edge.

1. Manufacturing Requires Flexibility

If you’re working on the shop floor there’s a good chance you’re going to see design changes from time to time during the manufacturing process.

A customer might need an update to a part and sends through a new revision, or a customer may require a revision to a part that you previously manufactured.

Either way, this requires flexibility to update the design and the tool path.

2. Revisions Are Easy with Solid Edge

After you’ve completed changes in Solid Edge, open the ‘Displayed Part Properties’ your CAM tool and then click “Update from File.” This will automatically regenerate the part from Solid Edge.

Your part will automatically update with your modifications, but you’ll need to reorganize the tool paths for CAM. Because of the associativity between Solid Edge and CAM Express/NX CAM, this is easy.

All you have to do is regenerate the parent part, and tool paths will update to the new part geometry.

Would you like to see a Snackbyte about a specific functionality in NX CAD, NX CAM, Solid Edge or Teamcenter? Leave us a comment below!

How to update after revisions:

As Tony demonstrates, you can simply make the required revisions in Solid Edge, then tell the CAM file to update based on your revisions in Solid Edge. Doing so keeps all of your files up-to-date and accurate.

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