High-Performance CAD-CAM for CNC Turning Centers

BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ software for 2 axis lathe and turning centers makes it easy to set advanced 2 axis toolpaths for OD and ID roughing, finishing, threading, grooving, boring, drilling, and cut offs. This powerful CAM programming software is a complete CNC lathe solution for all of your simple and complex part turning jobs.

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.

Features of BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ CNC Lathe Software

The new BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ Lathe Gold Partner CAM solution allows you to apply powerful toolpath operations to your part models right inside of SOLIDWORKS™. Using an intuitive wizard driven interface, you’re able to quickly set up 2 axis machining operations for maximum programming efficiency. Applying multiple machining strategies to a single model feature is made easy with Dynamic Machining Strategies™. You also have access to a realistic machine simulation right inside of BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS™ that allows you to test and confirm your programming before ever cutting a chip.


Feature Type Programming

Feature Type Programming

Easily define where on your part geometry you want toolpath created using the feature type programming drop-down. Pick from OD, ID, Front Face & Back Face. Control right to left or left to right cutting based on region selection.

Separate Moves or Canned Cycles

Separate Moves or Canned Cycles

Utilize your machine's canned cycles for short, efficient programs that are easy to edit at the control. Separate moves are available for those machines without canned cycle or when using BobCAD specific cycles.

Feature Constraints

Feature Constraints

Used as boundary to limit toolpath created on the Face, OD, ID or Back side of the part. Choose From Stock, From Geometry or Custom to dial in and restrict toolpath to desired areas.

Trim & Extend Toolpath

Trim & Extend Toolpath

Stop editing geometry to trim back or extend out your toolpath. Using extensions users can enter a positive value to extend or negative value to trim back their toolpath. Independent control for the start and end of cut with optional angle extension.

Remove Undercuts

Remove Undercuts

Jump over grooves and undercuts without editing your geometry. This feature parameter can be turned on at any time to prevent undercuts found parallel to the X or Z axis. Providing faster programming while reducing geometry editing.


Collision Checking Holder Avoidance

Avoid violating your geometry features with tool holder or insert geometry. This compensation option ensure collision-free programming for V groves and other part features where standard inserts and holders could gouge your part.

Tool Holder Definition

Tool Holder Definition

Quickly set up holders for right or left hand, neutral and back turning. Choose from the default holder shapes and enter sizes that define the holders.

Custom Insert & Holder Geometry

Custom Insert & Holder Geometry

Users can draw their own inserts and holder profiles to match non-standard tooling. Custom shapes allow with gouge checking and undercutting compensation.



Roughing patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for offset patterns, bi-direction cutting and semi finishing. Define and use custom stock profiles to limit your toolpath, great for castings and in process stock profiles.



Finishing patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for continuous cutting, face cutting ( down cutting ) , diameter cutting ( shoulders ) and hybrid ( both). Use the custom overlap value to ensure no stock is left behind.



Grooving patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for Standard, Single-pass or Zig-Zag cutting. Advanced sorting options work from the center our, alternate steps and skip, accommodating for diverse material and tooling. Force down cutting for finishes collision checking and more!



Create thread on the OD, ID, Front Face and Back face of your parts. Supporting G32, G76 equivalent for straight or tapered threads. Acme, American National, British Standard Whitworth, Buttress, Metric, Sharep V, Square, Unified National.



Spot, Drill, Chamfer, Bore and Ream holes on your cnc lathe using BobCAD’s hole making wizard. Pick your depth and use the wizard to setup and define your operation, tool and settings. Create your custom templates to fast track future hole cycles.



Use the thread library to pick and call tap sizes, settings and tools. Utilizing the same workflow as the hole making wizard, users can quickly add multiple tools and operations to spot, drill ,tap holes on center line.



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



OD/ID Rouging

OD/ID Finishing

OD/ID Grooving



Cut Off with Chamfer & Fillet Corner Break Options

Stock Feed

Pattern Repeat Cycles

Auto-Assignment of Finish Passes


ISO Tool Definition

C, D, E, M, R, S,T, V, W Standard Insert Geometry

Laydown & Top Notch Threading Inserts

Custom Tool Profiles

Tip, Corner & Center Reference Point

Tool Holder Definition ( Left / Right, Neutral, Back )

Custom Tool Holder Profiles

Tool Nose Compensation

Remove Undercut

Region Programming

Toolpath Contraints

Toolpath Trim/Extend

Trim To Stock/Operation Stock

Advanced Feedrates



OD , ID , Front Face, Back Face Cycles

End Face



Hole/Tapped Hole

Threading Straight & Tapered

Cut Off

Stock Handling