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Simply Productive.

OPTICAM Classic is one of the leading CAD/CAM systems.
With more than 30 years of practical experience
and more than 40,000 installations, OPTICAM Classic
is unparalleled: innovative, machine-independent,
CAD-independent and flexible.

Making Customer
Wishes Come True.

Because OPTICAM Classic machines even highly
complex parts within a very short time.

The practical know-how of the leading CAD/CAM system
has been built up in a variety of different industries.
For example microtechnology, machine construction, tool manufacturing,
metal processing, wood construction and sheet metal working.
This experience helps us to recognize and resolve the problems
of our customers already beforehand, if possible.

OPTICAM Classic stands for:

  • A practice-oriented user interface and short programming times
  • Fully automatic creation of the NC program by means of
    integrated Feature Recognition
  • Extensive machining functionality
  • Intelligent operation strategies to increase
    unattended machine run times
  • Intelligent postprocessors including cycles and
    subprogram output

Parasolid-based CAD module SolidCut CAD and high-quality CAD interfaces.

OPTICAM Classic Modules

A high degree of flexibility and variety in the common machining types.

Wire EDM

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.2


Programming of highly complex parts in just a few seconds!



With the WIRE-Expert module, everything points towards automation.
Automatic Feature Recognition and automatic creation of
machining features – in just a few seconds!

Wire EDM Module

Continuous development

Camtek OPTICAM Classic wire EDM module screenshot

The OPTICAM Classic wire EDM module has been developed in cooperation with leading machine manufacturers and is being continuously adjusted to the latest functions of the wire EDM machines. The advanced capabilities of the product make OPTICAM Classic the market leader in this field, and it is recommended by many machine manufacturers.

  • Projection Wizard for the automatic creation of Z-constant geometries
  • Simulation including offsetting, demoldability and collision checking
  • Automatic threading, cutting off and positioning of the wire
  • Automatic calculation of the start position including start hole output
  • Constant and variable taper
  • Ruled surface machining
  • Undercut control
  • Inclined machining
  • Tapered and cylindrical pocketing
  • Automatic cutting off of slugs
  • Triangular and multiple tags
  • Section offsetting
  • Variable Reference Plane Height
  • Technology databases for all common machine types
  • Lead On and Lead Off technology
  • Operation strategies can be completely saved
  • Automatic creation of a graphical setup sheet

Technology Databases

Original manufacturers

OPTICAM Classic 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.

machine controls

  • AC CUT 20/30/200/
  • AC Orange/AC Fanuc
  • Millennium
  • Robofil
  • Mitsubishi
  • Fanuc
  • Sodick
  • Makino
  • ONA
  • MSeibu/Seibu
  • Excetek
  • AccuteX
  • Joemars


Optimization in all fields of application.

The Slug Retention automatically creates markings in cutting plates; during the punching process, these markings prevent the punched-out part from sticking to the punch and thus from damaging the cutting tool. This extends the service life of cutting tools significantly.

The projection under an angle enables the machining of variable reference heights. Thus, a circumferential cylindrical collar of constant height can be created in the workpiece. The tapered section is calculated by OPTICAM Classic and does not already have to be included in the construction of the 3D model.

OPTICAM Classic offers the functionality to control additional axes of rotation and thus multi-axial machining during wire EDM. Thus it is possible to machine complex workpieces without any restrictions.


Ruled Surface Pocketing enables the machining of ruled surfaces without any slugs. This reduces the programming effort significantly, and the machining operation can be executed without having to be monitored.

Partial Pocketing is used to combine normal roughing and pocketing. It prevents the creation of slugs during roughing and thus enables an unattended and undisturbed operation.

To improve the accuracy of fit between punches and dies, this macro modifies ("manipulates") the radii contained in a geometry.

The Part Figure Machining is used to machine geometry sections with different qualities.

The Turning Tool Module calculates the geometry necessary for the wire EDM of profile turning tools, depending on the cutting angle and the frontal and lateral clearance angle on the turning tool.

The True Contour Machining is used for the production of industrial diamonds (PCD). An optional possibility is the automatic nesting of geometries. The machining is executed on the given geometry without radius compensation.


OPTICAM Classic Version 8.2


Automation par excellence



Automatic Feature Recognition in the OPTICAM Classic Milling Module.
The Feature Recognition is based on 3D CAD data which is read in via direct interfaces or neutral formats such as STEP or Parasolid.

Your advantage:
Complex parts can be programmed very quickly and comfortably due to the combination of machining schemes. Thanks to the integrated color recognition, a clear allocation of the machining features is possible.

2.5D Milling

Simple and intuitive.

The additional module Multi Plane Machining is used to program machines with 4 and 5 axes. In combination with MILL-Expert, the origins will be positioned automatically.

The Multi Part Machining enables the quick programming of workpieces on different origins. Thereby the part is programmed only once and can be duplicated afterwards. The parts are machined with workpiece or with tool change optimization.

  • The Tool Database contains the complete tool information as well as tool and holder geometries
  • ID-Number
  • Material-dependent calculation of cuts data
  • Automatic update of the cuts data in case of a material modification
  • Revolver configuration can be saved
  • Interfaces to external tool databases such as Zoller, Walter TDM and Datos
  • High speed roughing strategy
  • Rest material machining
  • Optimized face milling
  • Plunge roughing
  • Pocketing, open or closed, with any number of islands
  • Entry strategies: helically, with ramp or along the geometry
  • Calculation of constant taper, top and bottom radius and constant profile geometry on any profile
  • High speed finishing strategy with permanent Z-infeed
  • Extensive radius compensation variants
  • Profile finishing with optimized lead, with or without radius compensation
  • Overlap during lead on/off
  • Calculation of constant taper, top and bottom radius, or rather any profile
  • Automatic rest material machining
  • Chamfer milling
  • Milling with projection to a sphere, a cylinder or an inclined plane
  • Freehand milling and positioning
  • Ruled surface milling
  • Engraving of any font you desire (true-type fonts), linear, circular, embossed or recessed, including thinning of the corners
  • Technology change during profile machining
  • Reverse Cutting (down-cut milling/up-cut milling)

3D Milling

Fast and intelligent.

  • High Speed Machining Trochoidal HSC Roughing
  • ZigZag
  • Offset
  • Contour parallel
  • Rest material machining
  • Entry strategies: contour parallel, helically, directly or with ramp
  • Workpiece (billet) management
  • Automatic creation of a new workpiece (billet) at the end of a machining operation
  • Z-planes
  • ZigZag
  • Offset
  • Projection
  • Profile
  • Steep and flat areas
  • Helical
  • Morphing (between two limits)
  • Rest material machining

Highspeed Machining

More power!

  • Over 70%
    saving of time
  • Longer
    tool life
  • Less
    machine wear
  • Reduced
    energy consumption

5 Axes Simultaneous Milling

Simultaneous and efficient.

  • Multiaxis roughing
  • Adaptive fully automatic roughing
  • Calculation of collision-free tool paths
  • Calculation of the lead on, lead off and of the connecting paths
  • Swarf machining with and without tilting
  • Undercut machining
  • Molding channel machining
  • Rotational machining
  • Conversion from 3 axes to 5 axes machining
  • Calculation of collision-free tool paths

Machine Kinematics Simulation


Camtek OPTICAM Classic machine kinematics simulation screenshot

The OPTICAM Classic machine kinematics simulation in the field of milling allows a high-quality display of the machining features. Thanks to the display of the complete machine room, machining processes can be simulated, checked for collisions and optimized already during the creation of the program. The machine run times are significantly increased, and expensive collisions are avoided. Additionally, the simulation can be saved. Therefore, it can also be presented on computers on which OPTICAM Classic has not been installed.

  • Simulation of several axes in real time
  • High-quality 3D display including material removal
  • No loss of quality during detail magnification
  • High simulation speed
  • Fast simulation without depiction of the tool
  • Colored rest material display
  • Colored display of damaged parts
  • Axial limitation check
  • Numerous tool path analysis functions


OPTICAM Classic Version 8.2

Multiaxis Mill/Turn

Complete machining

  • Multi-channel programming
  • Machine cycle output
  • Machine Kinematics Simulation
  • Collision check
  • Time calculation

The integration of the Milling module into the Turning module plus a fully integrated machine kinematics simulation result in the perfect solution for the programming of turning and milling machines. Due to the representation of the complete machine room, machining processes are simulated and optimized in real time. To avoid input data errors, the actual state of the part can be checked at any time during the simulation.


Optimal functionality

Main and counter spindle machining, roughing with two tools at the same time, automatic synchronization and collision check by the integrated 3D machine kinematics simulation.

Machining strategies such as longitudinal turning, facing and free hand turning are complemented by the machine cycle output for roughing, drilling, thread turning and tapping, grooving and automatic subspindle, which shortens the NC programs significantly and simplifies a later optimization.

The OPTICAM Classic Turning module offers the possibility to modify the technology in different sections of the geometry. This includes parameters such as feed, RPM or the insertion of any M-code and/or G-command.

The variants programming for families of parts is used for the automatic creation of geometry and machining features.

The nominal dimension-dependent center of tolerance is calculated via the intrasystem ISO tolerance system; the CAD model is not changed.

The part to be manufactured can be measured in its current simulation state in the machine kinematics simulation.

The machining times are output to an Excel list per tool, including main, rapid and non-productive times.

Laser & Water Jet Cutting

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.2

2D Sheet Metal Working

Excellence and efficiency – almost single-handedly.

Camtek OPTICAM Classic laser and water jet cutting cutting plan

2-Axes Laser, Plasma and Water Jet Cutting and Punching
These powerful OPTICAM Classic modules for 2D sheet metal working are characterized by an effective creation of the NC program and a very high level of automation. CAD files are imported and cleaned, and a fully automatic nesting module ensures an optimal material utilization.

The expert system integrated into OPTICAM Classic creates the machining fully automatically, based on predefined technology parameters. OPTICAM Classic enables the creation of the NC program and machining simulation for machines of different manufacturers, including job management. Due to preset priorities, urgently needed parts are machined first, despite full automation.

Cluster Nesting enables the fully automatic or semi-automatic nesting of parts on metal sheets. The semi-automatic Nesting contains a lot of functions which support the interactive nesting of parts. The automatic Nesting places the parts on the metal sheet, in dependence of various parameters. Here it is possible to output the sizes of the metal sheets as well as the distances between the parts and the permitted rotation angles of the parts. It is also possible to define filling parts – all for the purpose of an optimal material utilization.

3D Sheet Metal Working

Complex but nonetheless very simple

The powerful OPTICAM Classic modules PentaCut and TubeCut have been developed for the programming of complex laser and water jet cutting machines with up to 6 simultaneously controlled axes. They are characterized by a very high level of automation. The tool paths are created fully automatically by the integrated feature recognition. If necessary, it is possible at any time to optimize the created machining suggestion.

The collision check simulation integrated in PentaCut and TubeCut ensures the necessary safety of the machining process.

PentaCut & TubeCut

The collision check simulation integrated in PentaCut and TubeCut ensures the necessary safety of the machining process.

  • Automatic position calculation, including transformation and rotation possibilities for the exact positioning of the workpiece on the machine table
  • Fully automatic calculation of grid-shaped supporting and clamping fixtures
  • Fully automatic nesting of fixture plates
  • Fully automatic recognition and machining of internal and external boundary curves
  • Fully automatic and interactive change of the nozzle angle to avoid collisions
  • Automatic optimization of the machining feature including smoothing of the tool paths
  • Automatic technology selection from integrated technology database
  • Possibility to define arbitrary changepoints within the machining feature in order to change nozzle angle, cutting technology and micro joints
  • Fully automatic alignment of imported CAD data on the machine
  • Fully automatic creation of the machining features
  • Creation of standard pipe sections and creation of non-standard shapes
  • Nesting of pipe geometries
  • Fully automatic recognition and machining of the internal and external boundary curves of pipes including control of rotation axes (workpiece fixture in the rotation axis)
  • Integrated 3D simulation taking into account the machine kinematics
  • Fully automatic collision check

Additional Modules

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.2

The module SolidElectrode is used for the creation of electrodes as well as for machining simulations with collision check. In conjunction with the corresponding postprocessor, it enables the creation of NC programs for vertical eroding machines.

  • Deriving and archiving of 3D electrode geometries
  • Modification of the electrode geometry
  • Assigning the solid geometry of the electrode holder
  • Archiving of electrode blanks
  • Automatic creation of a measuring frame with alignment surface
  • Placing the electrodes in the CAMMAN database, including additional information such as position, depth of erosion, electrode ident number, undersize, measurement data, program name, name of the roughing/finishing electrode as well as any additional information
  • Automatic creation of a graphical setup sheet

The gear module is used to calculate involute gears. The involute can be manipulated very easily by entering a profile shift, the roller distance, testing mass across teeth, tip and root diameter as well as tip and root radii. Additionally, the gear module provides all the data and dimensions for machining and inspecting the gear.

  • Jig grinding cycles for holes
  • Roughing and finishing strategies
  • Plunge roughing and longitudinal roughing cycle
  • Profile grinding with automatic calculation of the C-axis positions and the feed rate
  • Fully automatic calculation of collision-free C-axis positions and 3D simulation (optionally in combination with SolidCut CAD)
  • Origin offsetting
  • Multiple clamping

NC program and drawing management
CAMMAN is a powerful data management system for the administration of NC programs, fixture plates and CAD data including SAP and ERP-interfaces. CAMMAN gives you easy access to existing data files and allows the input of additional information, e.g. drawing number, order number, project number, version number, customer, comment, date, programmer, machine as well as security confirmations for DNC Systems. The file selection is supported by an integrated 3D graphic viewer. By using the CAMMAN data management system, the designer, the programmer and the machine operator share the same database, thus avoiding confusion and mistakes.

Individual adaptations and the connection to already existing databases are easy.

Job Manager in connection with automatic Nesting
The JOBMAN Job Manager automatically creates nesting orders. Parts of the same material and thickness are selected by JOBMAN and transferred to the Random Shape Nesting module. The parts are automatically selected from various orders and then nested on the sheet. With the JOBMAN Job Manager it is guaranteed that all parts of an order are made out of the correct material at the right time.

to PPS systems
Interfaces to all ERP/PPS systems, e.g. SAP, 3R Sigma, Zwicker, Schubert etc., are optionally available for CAMMAN and JOBMAN.

Safe data transfer between the server and the machine, including recharging.

  • NC program transfer via intranet
  • Easy integration into networks
  • Direct call of the NC program files from the CNC control
  • Support of standard and intelligent interfaces
  • Uses software protocols for DNC-connections (e.g. Heidenhain, Deckel Maho, Mazak, AGIE, CHARMILLES)
  • Forwarding of machine information via SMS or e-mail (optional)


OPTICAM Classic Version 7.0 / OPTICAM Classic Version 8

Camtek OPTICAM Classic technical specifications logo


DXF, DWG, IGES, HP-MI, VDAFS, STEP, XMT, SAT, STL, Creo (ProE), Ideas, JT Open, CATIA V4, CATIA V5, CATIA V6, Siemens NX, SolidWorks, Inventor, Rhino, HiCAD, Solid Edge, Gerber, Mecanic, Daveg

Operating System

OPTICAM Classic Version 7.0
Minimum requirement: Windows 7 32-Bit
Recommended: Windows 7 64-Bit

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.0
Minimum requirement: Windows 7 32/64-Bit
Recommended: Windows 10 32/64-Bit

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.1/8.2
Minimum requirement: Windows 7 64-Bit
Recommended: Windows 10 64-Bit


Minimum requirement: Intel i5 Quadcore processor
Recommended: Intel i7 Quadcore processor
Intel Xeon E3 Quadcore processor

Main Memory

OPTICAM Classic Version 7.0/8.0
Minimum requirement: 4 GB RAM
Recommended: 8 GB RAM or more

OPTICAM Classic Version 8.1/8.2
Minimum requirement: 8 GB RAM
Recommended: 16 GB RAM or more


Recommended: At least 24“ monitor, 1920x1080, 32-Bit color depth

Hard Drive Space

Minimum requirement: 10 GB free space
Recommended: 30 GB free space

Graphics Card

In order for OPTICAM Classic to work properly, you need a CAD-optimized graphics card.
To find the graphics card that fits for your purposes, please feel free to contact us.

Minimum requirement: Graphics card with 2 GB memory
Recommended: Graphics card with 4 GB memory
(no shared memory / onboard chipsets)

Just Try It.

Test OPTICAM Classic without any obligation
and free of charge.

Camtek OPTICAM Classic trial version Monitor

In order to be able to use the trial version of OPTICAM Classic, 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 Classic Version 8.2
    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 Classic Live Demo Monitor

Step 1

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your application expert will guide you
through the live demonstration.

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