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BobCAD-CAM Laser, Plasma & WaterJet software

High Performance CAM Software for CNC Laser, Plasma, & WaterJet Machines

BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ Gold Partner CAM solution for laser, plasma, and waterjet CNC machines offers powerful 2-5 axis cutting capabilities right inside of SOLIDWORKS™. Seamlessly transition from creating your part model to assigning advanced toolpath strategies, simulating jobs, and generating g-code programming.

NEW FEATURE: Job Templates

BobCAM’s New Job Templates allow you to program faster with fewer clicks. Save your stock, set up location, machining features and more. Great for similar projects, part revisions, and standard processes. Get more done with fewer steps using BobCAM V8. See for yourself - Try it today for Free!

Features of BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ for CNC Laser, Plasma, & WaterJet

BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ software is a powerful CAM solution for CNC laser, plasma, and waterjet machines. It delivers the precision you need to machine everything from simple 2 axis jobs to complex multiaxis parts. You control a full range of sophisticated and fully associative machining strategies using an intuitive wizard driven interface that makes toolpath programming faster and easier than ever before. You can even test and confirm your CAM programming in the BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ simulation to give you the peace of mind in your programming before ever cutting a chip.


Keep parts connected to stock with tabs. Defined be number of tabs, length between or pick your own locations. Customizable tab width, lead length and radius.


Define cutter compensation / Kerf comp use one of 3 compensation ( Kerf) methods. Offsetting your profiles for the laser, plasma or waterjet to cut to size.

Lead In/Out

Multiple lead In/Out options to control how you enter and exit cuts. Choose from vertical, parallel, right angle, circular and blend. Optional overlap setting adjust lead out move past your entry position.

Machine Sequence

Control the order your shapes are cut with one of the 6 sort order options. Choose from closest, no sorting, X direction, Y direction, custom direction and optimized.

Advanced Feedrates

Remove dog leg rapids with BobCAD’s general overrides, reduce your feed rate on approach and exit and slow down your feedrate when cutting arcs. All defined in the toolpath wizard and are easy to change.

Cutting Conditions

Speeds, feeds, power settings, torch height and more can be saved to tools in the tool library. Allowing users to quick load cutting data for different gages of material.

Toolpath Patterns

Create copies of machining features for same part instantaces. Choose from array, translate, rotate and point locations.

2 Axis

Fully customize and save your profile operations as a user defined template. Making it faster to program open, closed, inside and outside shapes.

3 Axis

Drive toolpath along curves surfaces using BobCAD’s 3 Axis wire frame toolpath feature. Allowing users to cut shapes and patterns into corrugated and other curved stock shapes.

4 Axis

Use BobCAD’s wrapping groups to program 4 axis shape cutting machines. Great for holes, slots, text, coping, notches and more.

5 Axis

Using BobCAD’s index systems users can automatically calculate rotations for 5-sided machining. Special multiaxis cutting patterns are used to drive cutting around corners and along compound curves and shapes.


  • Tool Crib
  • Job Setup Wizard
  • Dynamic Machining Strategies™
  • Copy & Paste Operations
  • Expand & Collapse in Tree
  • Customizable Setup Sheets
  • Stock Wizard
  • Multiple Machine Setups
  • Material Speed & Feed Library
  • Tool Holder Library
  • Individual & Compound Drilling Operations
  • Tool Database
  • Material Based Calculated Feeds & Speeds
  • Ability to Save & Load Features
  • 3D Simulation
  • Work Offset Selection
  • Coolant Selection
  • Sub Program Output
  • 3D Arc Fit – G17, G18, & G19 Plane Cutting
  • Associative CAM Tree
  • Part & Assembly Programming
  • Tool Library
  • Tool Crib
  • Tool Holders Library
  • Stock Wizard
  • Setup Sheet
  • Tool List
  • Feature-based Programming
  • Save & Load Features
  • Copy & Paste Features
  • Multiple Machine Setup Locations
  • Material Library
  • Dynamic Machining Strategies
  • Toolpath Backplot
  • Toolpath Editor
  • Solid 3D Simulation
  • Toolpath Statistics
  • Feedrate Mapping
  • Universal Post Processor
  • 3D Arc Filter ( G17, G18, G19 Plane Cutting )
  • Associative CAM Tree
  • Toolpath Groups
  • Toolpath Patterns (Transform/Rotate)
  • Tool Dominate Machining Order
  • Feature Dominate Machining Order
  • Feature Geometry Picking Manager
  • Toolpath Wizard
  • Machine Sequence Sort Order Optimization
In order to use BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™, you must have SOLIDWORKS™ 2014 or later installed on the same computer that you choose to install BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™. The following are system requirements for using Windows Vista, Windows 7,Windows 8 or Windows 10 x64.

Recommended System Requirements:

  • SOLIDWORKS™ 2019
  • 2.0 GHz Processor or Higher (Multi-Core)
  • 6 GB RAM or Higher
  • 2 GB Available Hard Disk Storage
  • 1 GB Graphics Card That Supports OpenGL 1.1
  • For Windows Vista systems, we suggest ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards.
Minimum System Requirements:

  • SOLIDWORKS&trade 2014 or Later
  • 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 2 GB Available Hard Disk Storage
  • 256 MB Graphics Card That Supports OpenGL 1.1
  • For Windows Vista systems, we suggest ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards.

When using physical media (disk) to install the BobCAM software, the optical drive being used must support DVD-ROM disks.

The system requirements listed above are suggested for running the BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ add-in. Please adhere to the system requirements listed inside SOLIDWORKS™ for optimum performance within the SOLIDWORKS™ system.

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