HSMXpress Now Available – Free CAM for SolidWorks
I picked the following feature highlights from the HSMXpress section on HSMWorks website.
What is HSMXpress? HSMXpress was created to show designers, engineers, and even veteran CNC programmers that integrated CAM not only makes sense, but you shouldn’t settle for anything less.
*HSMXpress requires SolidWorks 2009 or newer; and Microsoft® Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 (General Release; 64-bit or 32-bit).
*Same 64-bit, Multi-core HSM CAM Kernel as HSMWorks.
*Industry leading toolpath quality for Basic Milling Machining including 2D Roughing and Pocketing, Drilling, Facing, Contouring, and more…
*All CAM data stored in your Part (.SLDPRT) or Assembly (.SLDASM) files. (They have listed this twice so it must be important :-))
And from the HSMWorks email newsletter published by NexGenCam(A HSMWorks VAR). It is fully functional. It includes all 2D Milling toolpaths, including our powerful 2D Adaptive Clearing technology. It will simulate, post process and transmit G-code to your machine and includes the most common CNC machine post processors. If you have SolidWorks and agree to a simple and sensible licensing agreement you can use HSMXPress commercially, privately or in an educational institute. Learn. Have fun. Make money.
Conclusion… As I stated in my CAMWorksXpress conclusion, this product is defiantly worth testing out if you are looking for some basic CAM. As to compare HSMXpress vs. CAMWorksXpress well, HSMXpress is free…
(We have talked about HSMWorks here on cadcamstuff before. Check out this list if interested).