Can NC Manufacturing programs be automatically generated in Solidworks?
Sure there are a lot off manufacturing software like Mach3 it's for Homemade CNC or like Mastercam that's professional and you need the pluging for this. You have an illimited manufacturing softwares ,Vericut for Pro/E, for example CATIA has an integrated Module and UGS NX and some more.
With the - limited - amout of Rapid Prototyping we have done, it really depends on the CNC machine. But more and more, remembering that it's only interested in the outer shape, the DWG format is seems to be common ground... Any of the programs can export to it and all end CNC's will accept it.
I guess this is an indirect answer?! But if you know you're drawing something for CNC, it would pay to check out what final format is required.
Hope this helps
There is a version of MasterCam that integrates into SW, but it doesn't "automatically" generate toolpaths. There is also a version of MasterCam that uses "feature based machining", but nothing is truly automatic. At best it can recognize hole sizes and geometry but data has to be embedded into the model for this to work. An example would be, a 3/8" hole in the model that has a note on the drawing calling out a 3/8"-16 thread. FBM would drill a 3/8" hole if the model didn't have any more information.
I believe MasterCam has a plug in, SolidCam, Camworks, and I'm sure there are others. Rhino has a CAM module also, and so does Alibre, which are a lot cheaper. Depending on if your big business, small business, or home shop. How complex of parts are you really making? Mach3, PC Controller, is probably the best bet for the home/small business guy. As you can see on here, the majority of people, either use Inventor or Solidworks. They say Alibre will draw anything, that Solidworks will.
There are many Add-ons for Solidworks that enable the user to create NC programs. I have not had much success with them but your options outside of SolidWorks are not much better. Check SolidWorks Solution Partners for more information. I do not recommend using MasterCAM for SolidWorks because the software barely work stand-alone.
I' m sorry but SOLIDWORKS not generate automatcally the NC Manufacturing programm there are some addet programs like SOLIDCAM or camworks if you must use a SOLIDWORKS Model or you can translate it to any other format like CATpart for CATIA or , prt for UGS and Pro/E and you use the integrated NC Manufacturing program. Sorry for Pro/E now called CREO for the new version it has un addet program manufacturing called VERYCUT.
I hoppe that's what you find. Thank's