SOLIDWORKS CAM – Milling Setup: Defining Stock
SOLIDWORKS CAM has versatile feature to defining the material form which the part will be machined.
The default stock is the smallest cube (bounding box) that the part will fit into. Typically, this is not the size of the stock you will be used, therefore you can configure the stock definition by offsetting bounding box, defining stock from sketch, from an STL file or existing file in Stock Manager.
To define the stock using following methods:
SOLIDWORKS CAM > Stock Manager
Part Bounding Box
The stock is defined as smallest cube (Bounding Box) that the part will fit into, the sides of bounding box is aligned with the X, Y and Z axis. You can resize the bounding box by setting it in Bounding Box Offset. This method is the fastest way to define stock for rectangular or square shapes.
The stock can be defined from a sketch that is extruded to specified depth. You can pick sketch in the graphics area or on the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager Design Tree. Use the Extrude Sketch to edit the Extrude depth. This method is useful if you used the leftover part or your part being machined from a laser or plasma cut.
Use an STL File
The stock can be defined from an STL file, If you want using part form previous machining operation, casting or 3D printing, you can simply located the file to be inserted.
Use a SOLIDWORKS Part File
The stock can be defined from a SOLIDWORKS Part file, you can simply located the file to be inserted.