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What is ONGAA CAM?

ONGAA CAM, Features and PricingONGAA CAM is a program specifically designed for woodworking that allows you to create ‘MPR’ / ‘WoodWOP machining procedures’ (for Homag/Weeke CNC machines),  ‘BPP or CIX’ / Biesseworks programming files, ‘HOP’ files for ‘Holzher’ or G-Code for other machines, from within SOLIDWORKS.  While working in SOLIDWORKS, you design and apply toolpaths without conversions or DXF files.  The files created by ONGAA CAM are 100% Weeke/Homag / Biesse / Hops compliant and require no additional manual edits.  MPRs / BPPs /CIXs /HOPs files generated by ONGAA CAM are processed by the respective post-processor you already have so there is no additional software costs.  This means you only need to define tools once in WoodWOP/Biesseworks/Hops, you keep all the safety features built into approach modes and the operator can adjust the MPR / BPP at the console.  G-Code is generated by the internal post-process for gcode driven machine.

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Whats New in ONGAA CAM

New User Features

Since ONGAA CAM was first introduced the design team have been working hard to incorporate new features requested by our users.  Here we try to highlight what’s new in ONGAA CAM’s recent releases.

Tool Visualization

When ‘seeing is believing’ , we SHOW you the TOOLS!

Tool diameter, working length, Z position, Tool Compensation and tool existence can all be verified at a glance.

Eliminate all the errors that come with not being able see – what you ‘said’ versus ‘what I meant to say’ – in you programs.

Drill, Mill, Pocket, Saw with confidence.

NC-Hops – Program your HOLZHER from SOLIDWORKS

A version of ONGAA CAM that produces .HOP file for NC-HOPS machines is now available.  HOLZHER is one of the CNC machines that is driven by NC-HOPS by Direkt.  This version of ONGAA CAM is tailored to the options available in the HOP standard macros and … Read the rest

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Reset the SolidWorks Planes to Z axis up — and call that the Top.

From those of us that are accustomed to working in ‘Machine Space’, the Z-Axis is always UP.   So why on earth does SolidWorks insist that Y is up?

Rather that ask and then answer the question, I’d would rather show you how to change it.  What we will do in the steps below is reset the default views and rename the default planes for both parts and assemblies and save the changes into the Part and Assembly templates.


Open Solidworks and create a new PART

The default view is most likely trimetric view and look like this.

We will be using the Triad to change and verify the views we want in several steps.




First, change to the Front View.  Use Ctrl-1 or the Heads-up menu or Spacebar
The Triad should look like this.






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ONGAA CAM Generates MRPs in Inches

INCHES for Operators

Although the ‘underlying’ Units of measure of both SOLIDWORKS and WoodWOP are metric, this does not help operators accustomed to units in Inches.

Since one of the 4 ‘Guiding Mandates’ of ONGAA CAM is ‘ allow the operator to perform all operations as before’, we felt we should do something about this.

As of version 1.3.34, ONGAA CAM generates WoodWOP programs in Inches.  This is independent of the Units of Measure of the model or programming units.  Simply turn the option ON and ONGAA CAM creates the MPR with the WoodWOP Inch indicator ON and values in inches.  All ‘geometric measures’ are converted to Inches as the MPR is generated.  This includes all X,Y,Z locations, distances, radii and depths.

It should be noted that, at this time, programming in ONGAA CAM is still in metric (expected and displayed).  This ensures that all programs (old and new) will … Read the rest

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Getting Started with ONGAA CAM – Basic Overview


Getting started with ONGAA CAM is straight forward and easy to learn. In this page you will have all the information to get started programming in no time.  Details about individual processes like Pockets and Routing and how to take advantage of the time saving features can be found in the process specific tutorial pages.


ONGAA CAM is an ‘AddIn’ to SOLIDWORKS and becomes available when a PART or ASSEMBLY is open.

With a PART open, both the ‘Command Manager’ bar


and the toolbar become available.


Most icons represent the familiar WoodWOP processes and greyed-out icons are not active (unavailable).





To open the programming interface, click the ‘Workpiece’ icon.  This will open the Process List allowing access to add more processes as well as viewing or changing the details of existing processes.  If no previous process definitions (MPR) exist you will … Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – Basic for Biesseworks or bSolid with the Nesting option have been released. ONGAA CAM allows you to program your Biesse machine from Solidworks directly.  Geometry (X,Y,Z values) are selected by edges, vertices and faces. By using ONGAA CAM your programs all become parametric – changes the model and a NEW BPP/CIX program is generated in one click.  Nest entire assemblies efficiently from Solidworks with both optimization and automatic sorting of parts based on material type and thickness.… Read the rest

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Time study shows 62% time savings with ONGAA CAM

A recent time study conducted at Windowcraft Industries has show that using Solidworks and ONGAA CAM has produced time savings of 62% in programming and 46% in designing over the traditional AutoCAD and WoodWOP method.

The study was conducted as an overall evaluation of a multi phase process improvement initiative launched 4 years earlier and which has had many phases.

In addition to the significant time saving, the report also sited other benefits:

Implementation of ONGAA CAM has allowed Windowcraft to essentially eliminate the need for dedicated WoodWOP programmer skills. Instead, the application of machining processes to the Solidworks model is accomplished by the Solidworks modeler at the time of design. Without the need to learn a new program interface and the ease of applying machining processes within ONGAA CAM, the learning curve for our draftsman was extremely short.

With ONGAA CAM’s machine origin selection feature, throughput for machine time

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About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorksCorp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorksCorp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).… Read the rest

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About Us

medium_72dpi_logo_only_rgbONGAA Cam was created by ONG Solutions Inc. (Software Development) while working closely with WindowCraft (Custom Window and Door Manufacturer). It combined the best of 35 + years of innovative software development and 45 + years of manufacturing high quality wood products to simplify programming for your wood CNCs.

Our focus has been to help you get the most out of your CNC machines by simplifying the ‘design to machining process’.

The product manages to stay on target with real world requirements coming directly from the manufacturing “office” and the “shop floor.”

I need to be able to ‘design’ a window system once but make it in 1000 different sizes without having to start from scratch each time.

Configure it only once (in one place) .

These mandates are what drives the development of features today as it has done since the beginning.

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ONGAA CAM – Extending the parametric model beyond WoodWOP

Before I can explain how ONGAA CAM extends parametric models,a definition of what that is is due. ‘Parametric’–with the use of parameters –is a way of defining something where parameters or variables are used to make something scale.

  • For example,a box,24″by 12″by 6″can be said to be half as wide as it is long and half as deep as it is wide,and the box is 24″long (LENGTH).

In this simple example,only one number need be provided and all other number can be derived.  With this model any sized box can be made and it will always retain the desired proportions. If only it were that simple …. Lets take that same example and add a little reality…make the box out of 1/2 ”plywood (this applies to all sizes).  The simple addition of a fixed width makes the dimension of the ‘components’of the box a little more complex to calculate,but still

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