How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

June 4, 2024

When creating stock in SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks, there are several options to choose from, each one has unique benefits. In this blog, we’ll guide you how to define the stock types.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

With the Srock Manager in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks, here are the available types:

  1. Bounding Box
  2. Pre-Defined Bounding Box
  3. Extruded Sketch
  4. Cylindrical
  5. STL File
  6. SOLIDWORKS Part File

 

Defining the Stock from Bounding Box

The stock is defined as a rectangular shape with the sides aligned with the X, Y, and Z axis. This is the default stock type. This method is the quickest and simplest way to set up stock.

 

When editing the Bounding Box, there are a few options.

First you should note with the coordinate system by SOLIDWORKS Origin or others defined. The offsets are relative to the selected coordinate system.

The X, Y, and Z options allow you to define rectangular stock by extending of the part by the values specified for positive and negative X, Y and Z in the Bounding box offset area.

The small blue box around the X, Y, and Z are called uniform selection. When you click one of these buttons, the negative offset for the corresponding axis is automatically set to the same value as the positive offset.

At last, you could confirm the stock size with the X, Y and Z values.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Defining the Stock from Pre-Defined Bounding Box

The stock is defined using pre-defined bounding box sizes saved in the TechDB. This option can also be used to define new pre-defined bounding boxes as stock and save them to the TechDB.

Use the Stock Size group box to select the predefined stock size. You can also define a stock size and save that stock size back to the TechDB.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Defining the Stock from Extruded Sketch

The stock can be defined from a sketch that is extruded to a specified depth. You can pick a sketch in the graphics area or from the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager Design tree.

Use the Extrude Sketch group box to edit the values of the Extrude parameters required to define the stock.

Sketch Stock is often used to define a unique shaped stock profile. Because it extrudes the sketch in the same way as a SOLIDWORKS extrude feature, expect a similar shape.

The drop-down box below the sketch selection has the options to extrude blind, offset face, offset vertex, and reference plane. Beneath that, is the geometry selection for up to face or offsets and the distance of the extrusion or offset.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Defining the Stock from Cylindrical

The stock can be defined from a cylindrical stock for the mill part model.

Use the Co-ordinate System group box parameters to set the Axis and origin of the Cylinder.

Use the Cylinder Stock Parameters to set the diameter and length of the cylindrical stock.

This method is normally used for cylindrical part.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Defining the Stock from STL File

The stock can be defined from an STL file that is created from a simulated stock model or from an external CAD system.

Use the STL File Path group box to select the STL file from which the stock will be defined.

This option is especially useful when machining work in progress (WIP) from toolpath simulations.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Defining the Stock from SOLIDWORKS Part File

The stock can be defined from a secondary SOLIDWORKS part. You can select the part in the graphics area or from the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager Design tree.

The stock also can be defined from a configuration from the current part. Its usually best to clearly name the file/configuration. For this example, set up a configuration named “Stock”.

How to define the Stock Types in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

 

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