SolidCAM runs inside of Solidworks as well as Autodesk Inventor where it's called InventorCAM. SolidCAM has had a rough start with SolidCAM 2011. It's been buggy and it was delayed numerous times. "S" happens when you're offering up massive improvements and trying to be a technology leader. SolidCAM has continued to work hard to improve stability and they haven't made phony claims or run away from their problems. Unfortunately its delayed the release of the open forum I want SolidCAM to host and it also seems to have slowed down the work being done video wise on You Tube from one of their AE's who was trying to document best practices in SolidCAM. Three parts of the series were completed and it's some of the best work I've seen done to document best practices in SolidCAM. I hope this series is continued. I'd like to see a new video every done every week.
I have faith in their owner, their management and in their AE's and I expect to start discussing iMachining and SolidCAM 2011 SP2 shortly.
I don't give up on those who are headed in the right direction and SolidCAM has been headed in the right direction since starting to totally redo their product with the 2009 release.
SolidCAM released SolidCAM 2011 SP2 today.
Status of SolidCAM as a CADCAM technology leader put on hold due to my personal experience with SolidCAM's head of US operations, Shaun Mymudes, as well as many complaints from others over how SolidCAM US has treated them. My investigation found what has been posted in comments here as well as in e-mails I received to be true.
I've contacted the owner of SolidCAM and documented what I know and what others who have e-mailed me or commented here know about this very serious problem. If this problem is not resolved I will be removing SolidCAM as a CADCAM technology leader.
I hope this shows readers that I listen, that I investigate and that I take what you comment on or e-mail me very seriously. If what readers write and comment on turns out to be true, I act. Not taking advertising money has its advantages and those commenting here don't have to fear the kind of censorship and banning that runs rampant on advertising driven machinist web boards like CNC Advertising Zone or Practically Worthless Machinist.
I've been doing a lot of surfacing toolpath in Mastercam lately. This video got me wondering if SolidCAM is really much better at surfacing toolpath than Mastercam and others are. SolidCAM claims no boundaries are needed with their HSS module. Not sure why this particular video hasn't been posted to You Tube and only seems to be available on the SolidCAM website. With what seems like a significant advantage, why would SolidCAM not do a better job of marketing this?
Problems continue to get worse marketing wise for SolidCAM in the US because Shaun Mymudes is heading up US operations where I'm told by an ex SolidCAM employee that he's a puppet and has no power. My source tells me all decisions are made out of Israel. While this style of management may work for other countries it doesn't work for the US market.
Before Shaun Mymudes went to work for SolidCAM he worked for VX where he was fired. The reason Shaun Mymudes was fired was the he was incompetent and a bullshiter and this turned off many VX customers. It turns off many potential and existing SolidCAM customers as well.