The Difference Between SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional

dateJanuary 30, 2023


SOLIDWORKS CAM, released in 2018, was one of the most exciting new products seen in years and represented a new chapter in SOLIDWORKS as a total manufacturing tool. Find out the difference between Standard and Professional and get a SOLIDWORKS CAM overview here.

SOLIDWORKS CAM is powered by CAMWorks, the first Gold Partner for machining. It uses advanced feature-based machining to look at the volume of solid bodies to develop features to be programmed. This allows the tool to be seamlessly integrated into SOLIDWORKS and it will work on any solid body that can be opened inside of SOLIDWORKS.

The powerful Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) combines with knowledge-based machining to quickly create fully associative tool paths that can be processed into g-code and run on machines.


Since the SOLIDWORKS 2018 release, all current licenses on subscription include access to SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard.

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard includes 2.5 Axis operations plus some basic operations for 3 Axis (Area Clear Roughing, Flat Area and Z Level Finishing) and NC Editor.

(NC Editor)



SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional can be purchased separately and can be used with any package of SOLIDWORKS (Standard, Professional or Premium).

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional adds 3 Axis mill level 1 operations (Z-Level Finishing combined cycle for steep/shallow machining), 4th and 5th axis positioning to index along those extra axes. With SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional, you gain access to assembly machining as well as programming for turning machines. What’s more, you can use 2.5 Axis VoluMill (ultra-high speed rough milling) and Probing functionality.

(Volumill 2.5 axis)


SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard VS. Professional