Information technology (IT) services firm HCL has announced a CAMworks partnership with Huntsville, Alabama headquartered wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) software provider CIMTechnology.
CAMWorks is a fully integrated computer aided manufacturing (CAM) solutions provider designed to work with Dassault Systèmes Solidworks, which develops and markets 3D CAD design software.
In 2016, Noida based HCL acquired Geometric, the parent company of CAMworks, by way of demerger. The deal excluded Geometric’s 58% share in the joint venture-- 3DPLM Software Solutions-- with Dassault Systèmes Software Solutions.
As part of the current agreement, CIMTechnology’s Wire EDM programming software will be exclusive to CAMWorks. HCL said that this would provide CAMWorks users with access to more advanced wire EDM programming functionality for precise and intricate part cuttings, while allowing customers to get their hands on a wider range of CNC (computer numerical control) programming options for automated control of machining tools (lathes, drills, boring tools) and 3D printers.
CIMTechnology’s EDM solution was previously sold through OEM (original equipment manufacturers) partners as stand-alone systems or as technology added to current programming systems.
Founded in 1994, the company initially started business by writing and selling CAD/CAM systems for wire EDMs through Sodick, a Japanese machine industry solutions giant.
HCL CAMWorks product line currently includes a range of milling and machining solutions in addition to wire EDMs.
Other automation technologies for CAD/CAM functions include feature-based programming, knowledge based machining and TechDB.
TechDB is a Microsoft Access database and acts as the intelligence behind the machining automation in CAMWorks.
An additional benefit of CAMWorks is that it is fully integrated with Solidworks, which allows users to work with the familiar user interface available on Solidworks.