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Everything Automatically.

With OPTICAM we have created a system which
automates the creation of the NC program to
almost 100%. However, users still have the
complete flexibility to intervene in detail.

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Get to know all the benefits of the plug-in.

Customer Satisfaction.

By means of optimal integration into CAD systems

More than 25 years of practical experience in the
programming of wire EDM machines have made the new
CAD/CAM system OPTICAM the most modern solution available.

OPTICAM is a fully integrated plug-in for CAD systems. The programming
is based directly on the designed or imported 3D parts. Because of the
automatic Feature Recognition and the assignment of integrated technology
data and strategies,OPTICAM offers a very high automation level and
reduces the programming time to just a few seconds.

With the OPTICAM-Manager the user can work easily and clearly
in his familiar environment.

  • Full integration into CAD systems
  • User friendly interface
  • Intuitive user guidance
  • Quick access to all relevant information

CAD Partners:

Thanks to our partnerships with well-known CAD manufacturers, we have access to very extensive CAD know-how. Therefore we can continue developing OPTICAM with the highest productivity according to our customer's wishes.

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Feature Recognition

Analysis and implementation – according to your wishes.

OPTICAM analyzes the parts, recognizes wireable geometries and creates their machining features simultaneously. The tool paths are shown graphically and follow subsequent changes of the model immediately or can be manipulated afterwards. In the case of incorrect data, the automatic geometry recognition can be influenced by entering a tolerance. Faces or edges can also be chosen manually for the wire EDM of only specific areas or for the creation of user-defined features. Furthermore, integrated technologies and machining strategies can be assigned directly to the created machining features.

  • Direct, parametric machining on 3D faces and solid data
  • Graphical offset display by direct model linking
  • Manual feature creation
  • Using feature information
  • Undercut control
  • Maximum conicity control

Machining Functions

Recognizing and assigning – for a quick solution.

Camtek OPTICAM machining functions collar machining

Collar machining

Camtek OPTICAM machining functions pocketing


Camtek OPTICAM machining functions variable reference plane height

Variable Reference Plane Height

Camtek OPTICAM machining functions ruled surface

Ruled surface

OPTICAM assigns the correct machining functions automatically to the recognized features.

  • Cylindrical machining
  • Constant and variable taper, also on cylindrical parts
  • Ruled surface machining with automatic synchronization
  • Inclined machining
  • Collar machining
  • Subsequent positioning of a taper
    despite cylindrical construction
    (constant, variable or as collar machining)
  • Pocketing
  • Variable Reference Plane Height
  • Automatic threading and cutting off
    of the wire
  • Diagonal threading
  • Automatic positioning
  • Automatic clustering of identical
  • Multi part programming

To avoid manual interventions and machine downtimes, an efficient pocketing of the geometries without the creation of slugs is often needed. OPTICAM offers special strategies for this purpose:

  • Cylindrical and conical pocketing
  • Ruled surface pocketing *
  • Partial pocketing of geometry sections *

* These modules are optionally available.

The Feature Recognition places the start holes at the best possible position automatically; it is also possible to modify this position at a later time. If there are already predefined start hole geometries, the Feature Recognition takes them into account. Furthermore, type, position and number of tags can be defined automatically or manually. Thus it is also possible to create triangular and multiple tags with several start holes.

With just a few clicks the lead on and lead off strategies can be set or influenced.

  • Straight, at an angle / arch- and meander-shaped
  • Possibility to overtravel the contour
  • Lead on and lead off technologies programmable

Events can be placed at any position of a feature. Comments or machine instructions, e.g. M-codes, G-codes or arbitrary nc-sets can be inserted at these points. Furthermore, individual features can be split up into several segments. For each segment the number of cuts, offset values, lead on and lead off technologies or a partial pocketing can be set separately.

Five types of corner reliefs allow a specific control of the tool path in sharp corners without changing the model. This is especially important in cutting tool manufacturing.

With the OPTICAM Gear module it is possible to create non-standard gears. Profile shifts, tip and root radii, changing the tip and root diameter and the creation of the gears via roller distances or via the mass across teeth are possible options.

The Gear module is optionally available.

Operation Strategies

Cut by cut towards the optimum – for a safe and efficient operation.

Camtek OPTICAM operation strategies

OPTICAM contains all the machining strategies which are required for the efficient and safe operation of wire EDM machines. All cuts are shown in the cuts dialog and can be changed afterwards.

  • Strategies for attended and unattended day and night operation
  • Punch strategies
  • Reverse cutting
  • Automatic cutting off of slugs
  • User defined operation strategies can be saved as template

3D Simulation

Developing tool paths is good – control is better.

A 3D simulation with material removal was inserted to ensure a safe tool path check. Besides the offsetting, fixture plates and the machine heads are also displayed.

  • Collision- and demoldability check
  • Maximum taper angle and UV deflection check
  • Calculation of the cutting time

Technology Database

For all products and models – and for your specific requirements.

OPTICAM offers original technology databases for all common manufacturers. The user can either access the machine databases directly via interfaces, import the machine databases himself or is provided with a database which has already been converted.

  • AC CUT 20/30/200/300/400/E350/E600
  • Mitsubishi
  • Fanuc
  • Sodick
  • Makino
  • ONA
  • MSeibu/Seibu
  • Excetek
  • AccuteX
  • Joemars

Postprocessors / NC-Output

Always up-to-date – for the sake of your success.

OPTICAM has been developed in cooperation with leading machine manufacturers and is being continuously adjusted to the latest functions of the wire EDM machines. High-quality postprocessors and integrated technology databases are available for all products and types of machines.

Practice-Oriented, Pleasant
and Individual.

Become an OPTICAM "expert".

Our committed and experienced instructors impart basic and advanced knowledge
of OPTICAM at our training centers or at the customer's site.

A relaxed atmosphere, small groups and practice-oriented examples make
sure that OPTICAM can be used efficiently within a short period of time.

Individual training at Camtek, or upon request at the customer's site.

Reservations and
further information:
+49-7151-97 92 92


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CAD Partners

Siemens NX
SolidCut CAD

Hardware Requirements

The hardware recommendations of the respective CAD manufacturer apply.

Just Try It.

Test OPTICAM without any obligation
and free of charge.

Camtek OPTICAM trial version monitor

In order to be able to use the trial version of OPTICAM, you need a license file which we will generate for you individually. For this purpose, we need you to send us a request file together with the form below.

1. Preparation

  • Install OPTICAM
    You will find the installation under Support & Service
  • Please remove all USB devices

2. How to create a virtual stick (dongle)

  • Start the program CodeMeter Control Center by double-clicking the icon Icon CodeMeter Kontrollzentrum in your task bar
  • Drag the file CodeMeterAct.wbb from the Camtek installation directory UTILITIES\CodeMeterAct to the License window in the CodeMeter Control Center using drag and drop
  • After the file has been imported, you will see a virtual stick in the License tab

3. How to create the context file from the hardware

  • Click “Activate License” in the CodeMeter Control Center
  • In the second dialog box, select the option “Create license request”
  • Create and save the *.WibuCmRac file

4. Sending the file
Please send us the file created in step 3 as well as your data using the form below

Contact Form

Select a file (max. 4 MB)

A First Impression
of the System.

In dialog with your application expert.

Camtek OPTICAM Live Demo Monitor

Step 1

In a personal telephone conversation,
your application expert will guide you
through the live demonstration.

Call us:
07151 - 97 92 02


Step 2

Click on the button and
download the TeamViewer.

Download Teamviewer
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Step 3

Now please execute the
downloaded file.
From here on, your application
engineer will explain to you
the further procedure.