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It’s that time of year again – time to think about entering Mastercam’s Wildest Parts competition. This year, Mastercam is offering two different competitions open to any current student, team of students, or instructor programming with Mastercam to participate in.

Students worldwide can enter their “wildest” part made in school this year to Mastercam’s Wildest Parts Competition and get a chance to win $1000 and other prizes. The Wildest Parts Competition is an annual contest, sponsored by CNC Software, Inc. — developers of Mastercam® — where students can submit any part they cut during the school year. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2018.

Last year, the winning students were Grayson Weber from Capital High School in Helena, Montana who made a survival multitool and Christian Ziruk from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington who made a deep sea AUV camera enclosure.

“We look for high quality, original parts that haven’t been made before, or parts that are familiar yet feature a unique, new design. We like eye-catching designs that would look nice on a display, because we do show them off at educational trade shows,” says Michelle Nemeth, Marketing Specialist at CNC Software. “We’re always impressive by how innovative students can be with Mastercam, and we encourage students to really think beyond the norm. They may create something specifically to enter into the competition — or have already made something in school that would qualify.”

Wildest Parts IMTS Edition:

This year, CNC Software, Inc., partnered with the Gene Haas Foundation, Haas Factory Outlet Chicago, and Haas Automation for a specific IMTS challenge. Entrants must submit an aerospace/rocket themed part to compete for up to $1,000 from Mastercam and $1,500 towards a scholarship for continuing education from the Gene Haas Foundation. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2018.

IMTS is the International Manufacturing Technology Show held in Chicago. IMTS includes the Smartforce Student Summit for elementary through college students to learn about opportunities in manufacturing. The winning students and their parts will be celebrated at the Smartforce Student Summit in the Haas and Mastercam booths at IMTS.

Kathy Looman from Gene Haas Foundation says, “This year, as we were planning our IMTS Student Summit presence, we decided it would be very cool to have a contest like Mastercam’s Wildest Parts Competition. Not only could talented students design and build projects, they would be able to inspire their peers by having the projects displayed at IMTS. So, we asked Mastercam if we could join forces this year, and the rest was history!”

Important rules for contestants:

  • The parts must be programmed with Mastercam.
  • For the IMTS competition, the part must be machined on a Haas machine.
  • All entries must be created during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Applicable logos must be engraved on the part.
  • Part must be smaller than 1 cubic foot, less than 42 inches long, and less than 16 inches tall.
  • No weapons or weapon replicas.
  • All designs become property of CNC Software, Inc.
  • The part should not be painted in any way that obscures the quality of the machining.
  • If three or fewer parts are entered in one division, CNC Software reserves the right to award  prizes as it sees fit.
  • All entries must be received by June 30, 2018. Parts should be packaged well to avoid damage during shipment.

Mastercam and MachiningCloud jointly announce that with the release of Mastercam 2018, Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud, thereby providing Mastercam users access to the cutting tool knowledge and product data available within the MachiningCloud.

This partnership provides Mastercam users access to MachiningCloud’s cutting tool product data from within Mastercam. Customers now have direct access to complete and up-to-date cutting tool product data, from the leading cutting tool manufacturers available on the MachiningCloud.

With the completed Mastercam MachiningCloud connection, key benefits are available to customers:

  • Search for tools from multiple manufacturers quickly in one place
  • Access manufacturer’s expert cutting tool recommendations
  • Quickly filter a universe of possibilities down to an optimum solution for a given workpiece
  • Import the selected product data into Mastercam for programming
  • Utilize the 3D models for simulation and 2D drawings for documentation


“The mission of MachiningCloud is to bridge the gap between physical cutting tools and digital shop software, and streamlining the programming process to save time and increase accuracy,” says Christophe Rogazy, Director of Product Management for MachiningCloud.

“By bringing together valuable cutting tool data and knowledge in one application, this simplifies the cutting tool search process and gives users many more options and helps them make better tooling decisions. By joining forces on MachiningCloud, Mastercam ensures greater and more seamless flow of information throughout its customers’ shops.”

Says Rich Taft, Product Development at CNC Software, Inc., ”Accurate tool definitions are a critical factor in achieving safe and efficient toolpath motion. MachiningCloud offers a wide variety of tooling options that make it easy to import well-defined tools into Mastercam.”

Mastercam in partnership with Sandvik Coromant announced the integration of Sandvik Coromant CoroPlus ToolLibrary into the new release of Mastercam 2018. The integration of the CoroPlus ToolLibrary allows Mastercam customers to save significant time searching for desired tools and building 3D tool assemblies that can be brought directly into Mastercam via the ISO 13399 data format.

Mastercam developers worked closely with Sandvik Coromant product management to let users import 3D tool assemblies directly into Mastercam’s toolpath operations. Users of Mastercam benefit from having the correct tooling for the material and for the type of machining operation, plus an accurate, 3D model that can be used for visualization and collision checking in addition to the time savings.

“In the past, customers had to search through thousands of catalog pages and cross-reference multiple sources to create the tool assemblies needed to machine their parts,” says Dave Boucher, Director of Product for CNC Software. “Now, they can save significant time and effort by quickly searching and building 3D, virtual tool assemblies using the CoroPlus ToolLibrary interface, and import them directly into Mastercam when they program their parts. As a digital database and part of a customer’s digital machining environment, they get instant access to the latest cutting tool data and technology available.”

”The tool library solution allows you to put the different tool items together – for example a milling cutter, the inserts, and the holder – and then have an accurate representation of the actual tool," states Pernilla Lindberg, Product Manager Process Planning at Sandvik Coromant. ”To partner with, and have the support of a leading CAM (computer-aided-manufacturing) software provider such as CNC Software and Mastercam, we are excited to expand the digital machining environment and foster the standardization of cutting tool data.”

CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam 2017. Mastercam 2017 brings a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs.  Mastercam 2017 introduces a more efficient workflow, improved usability, Dynamic Motion improvements, and so much more.

Mastercam 2017 features a new ribbon interface and makes it easier to find the functions you need to complete your tasks. “Many of our more powerful tools were underused because customers did not know where to find them,” says CNC Software President, Meghan West. “We spent a lot of time with users determining the best way to simplify this, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.” The ribbon tabs group similar functions and displays them in order from simple to more complex. Each tab relates to a type of activity, from creating wireframe geometry to generating toolpaths. Editing functions are on the same tab as creation functions so you have all the tools you need, when you need them.

Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion technology can slash machine time by as much as 75% or more. And, Dynamic Motion will help you get the most out of any machine in your shop—new or old.  Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion technology maximizes material removal rates, extends tool life, reduces cycle time, saves wear and tear on machines, and cuts hard materials more easily. New to 2017, micro lifts now use a line-of-sight approach to move the tool where it needs to go through unobstructed areas. This results in reposition moves that are more efficient, less complex, and travel a shorter distance resulting in shorter cycle times.

Mastercam 2017 introduces Maximum Stock Engagement for select 3D High Speed Finishing toolpaths, allowing you to limit how deeply the cutter engages uncut material and protect smaller tools from taking too heavy of a cut. Optimized Raster Motion improves toolpath efficiency by filling in steeper geometry with perpendicular raster motion to create a cleaner result. Mastercam Mill-Turn now supports multi-station tool locators for turrets as well as half index positions and improvements to tool and job set-up to improve overall workflow.

Mastercam 2017 has many powerful toolpath enhancements:

  • Preview select 2D High Speed toolpaths in the graphics window before closing and generating or regenerating the toolpath.
  • The Level and Plane Managers are now a dockable, floatable function panel and has been redesigned for more intuitive controls and easier workflow.
  • Tool Setup Manager in Mill-Turn has been redesigned to improve workflow and ease of use.
  • New features have been added to Multiaxis Drill, such as using a line length for the drill depth and recognition of the stock model for depth and top of stock purposes.
  • Multiaxis now includes a new 4-axis toolpath – Rotary Advanced – which allows more control over the tool motion through the selection of walls, hubs, and shroud surfaces.


For more information, visit: www.mastercam.com/en-us/solutions/latest-enhancements

CNC Software’s newly appointed president, Meghan Summers West, will be heading to California Polytechnic State University July 27-30, to deliver a keynote address focused on manufacturing. During her presentation at the 2015 National HTEC Conference, West will focus on the need to “Acquaint, Convince and Excite (ACE) the Next Generation of Manufacturing.”

“The need for manufacturing jobs over the next few years will be high,” West said, “but formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with classroom education is dropping. This creates an obvious skills gap that needs to be addressed.”

CNC Educators Training Conference


The CNC Educators Training Conference is about sharing and profiling best CNC education practices, program building and innovation, ways to attract students, and developing employment opportunities for students with industry and association partnerships. CNC Software’s dedicated educational division will be on hand to provide training and educational presentations during this year’s event. The educational division was created to address the current and future needs of the manufacturing industry through a concerted focus on engaging and training tomorrow’s manufacturing leaders. By learning Mastercam, students are better prepared to enter the workforce and secure employment in a wide range of industries and roles.

For more information, visit: www.htecnetwork.org

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:05

Mastercam 2014 Innovator of the Future Competition

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CNC Software, Inc., producer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the 2014 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition. This competition entices students and young adults with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judge, and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. The competition provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process.

For the 2014 competition, students are challenged to modify and machine an optic mirror design. They have two options for making the mirror: modifying the supplied part file to reduce the weight but maintain the structural integrity, or get creative with the part file using an area of the mirror to express themselves.

The 2014 IOF competition will be judged by a team of experts at Optimax. Optimax, founded in 1991 and located in Ontario, NY, builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. They leverage their optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom. Their know-how, innovation, and speed enable quicker production of precision optics to meet emerging market needs. Some of the most sophisticated programs in the world trust Optimax to produce the most complex optics reliably.

Everyone who enters the competition receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt. The student who creates the winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 check, as well as a seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1 software. In addition, the winner and a guest will receive a trip to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center with CNC Software and Optimax.

All entries to the Mastercam 2014 IOF competition are subject to the following requirements:

  • The part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software.
  • The part must have a professional look and remain consistent with the theme industry standards.
  • The part must adhere to the specifications.
  • Tell us the story behind your part entry; the inspiration for its design, materials used, etc.
  • Include photos of you holding the part, your instructor, the school lab, and the CNC machine. Electronic files are preferred.
  • The entry must consist of one finished, unpainted part.
  • All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. Parts cannot be returned.
  • All designs become the property of CNC Software, Inc.
  • All entries and completed entry forms must be received by May 15, 2014.
  • While we welcome past winners to submit entries, past winners are not eligible to win the grand prize.

For more information, visit: www.mastercamiof.com

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:19

CNC Software Unveils Mastercam X7

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CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam X7. Mastercam X7 introduces significant new capabilities, including the new Mill-Turn product, Renishaw Productivity+™, Lathe Dynamic Rough, and so much more.

New Mastercam Mill-Turn

Mastercam’s Mill-Turn product makes machining on today’s high-powered turning centers and full-function machining centers simpler and easier than ever before. Mastercam Mill-Turn streamlines the programming process with intelligent job setups that are keyed to the exact machine in your shop. Intelligent work plane selection makes it easy to select the proper spindle and turret, all while programming your part with Mastercam’s proven mill and lathe toolpaths.

Renishaw Probing

Mastercam X7 integrates Renishaw’s Productivity+ for in-process gauging. This uses a measuring probe on a machine tool to determine fixture offsets, orientation, and critical dimensions. Probing eliminates the need for tool presetters, expensive fixtures, and manual settings with dial indicators. It allows for machine offsets to be automatically adjusted during machining to further enhance the manufacturing process.

New Lathe Dynamic Rough Toolpath

The Lathe Dynamic Rough toolpath is designed for hard materials cut with button inserts. The dynamic motion allows the toolpath to cut gradually, remain engaged in the material more effectively, and use more of the surface on your insert, extending tool life and increasing the cutting speed.

More powerful tools in Mastercam X7 include:

  • The new Tool Manager, providing a whole new way to create and organize your tooling.
  • Improved Backplot and Verify utilities that offer a more efficient workflow, better analysis tools, and more comprehensive toolpath support.
  • Dynamic and OptiRough toolpaths with more efficient tool motion, including enhanced cut orders and faster calculation times.
  • Multi-threading support extended to most 2D high speed toolpaths, resulting in faster toolpath processing.
  • Oscillate motion for Curve and Swarf 5-axis toolpaths, improving your tool life by not always machining with the same area of the tool.

For more information, visit: whatsnew.mastercam.com

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:30

Mastercam 2013 Innovator of the Future Competition

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CNC Software, Inc., producer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the 2013 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition! This competition entices students and young adults with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judge, and a chance to win $1,000 towards their schooling needs. The competition provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process, and gives parents an opportunity to get their children involved in manufacturing.

The Challenge

For the 2013 competition, students are challenged to design and machine 1 of 3 parts—a connecting rod, racing wheel, or short shifter. The winning part will be selected based on several criteria including accuracy, creativity, and cleanliness of the part.

The Celebrity Judge

The 2013 IOF competition will be judged by a team of experts at VAC Motorsports. VAC Motorsports, located in historic Philadelphia, PA, is the world’s ultimate source for serious BMW performance and racing parts. On top of providing parts, they operate a state-of-the-art body shop, full service repair shop, full engine and manufacturing machine shop, providing new and used parts from a facility that covers more than 14,000 square feet. There is no job that is too large or small for VAC Motorsports, and they use Mastercam to get it all done.

The Awards

Everyone who enters the competition receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt. The student who creates the winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 check to defray educational expenses, as well as a seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1 software. In addition, the winner will receive a trip for two to visit VAC Motorsports and a day on the race track. Mastercam IOF recognition plaques will also go to the winner and their school (or parent).

Competition Rules

All entries to the Mastercam 2013 IOF competition are subject to the following requirements:

  • The part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software.
  • The part must have a professional look and remain consistent with the theme industry standards.
  • The part must adhere to the specifications.
  • Tell us the story behind your part entry; the inspiration for its design, materials used, etc.
  • Include photos of you holding the part, the machine shop, or the CNC machine. Electronic files are preferred.
  • The entry must consist of one finished, unpainted part.  
  • All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. Parts cannot be returned.
  • All designs become the property of CNC Software, Inc.
  • All entries and completed entry forms must be received by May 15, 2013.
  • The IOF contest is open to any individual between the ages of 16 and 25 with access to a machine shop to cut the entry.
  • While we welcome past winners to submit entries, past winners are not eligible to win the grand prize.

For more information, visit: www.mastercamiof.com

Multiaxis machining can dramatically increase a shop's competitiveness. Mastercam's multiaxis machining and add-ons offer a wide range of multiaxis machining strategies. Mastercam X6 introduces a new multiaxis add-on, Mastercam Blade Expert, as well as many multiaxis enhancements to get the most out of your shop.
 
Cut Patterns
Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D and 3D wireframe, solid primitives, or complex multisurface grids. Mastercam's Multiaxis machining has many toolpath types to govern the cut pattern including:

  • Multisurface 5-axis roughing and finishing, including depth cuts, plunge roughing, and flowline machining.
  • For any type of toolpath, you can trim your toolpath to the new stock model. Trimming to stock reduces the amount of time the tool is not in contact with the material.
  • Stock recognition that trims toolpaths to eliminate air-cuts and drastically reduce cycle times.
  • Swarf fanning and swarf machining over multisurface floors, plus rail swarf cutting for added control
  • Machine 5-axis parts using spiral, zigzag, or one way tool motion.

Tool Axis Control
Mastercam's Tool Axis Control allows orientation of the tool's center axis to be manipulated as it follows the cut pattern. You have complete and dynamic control over the tool axis, lead/lag, entry/exit, and tilt, which simplifies even the most difficult multiaxis jobs. Full entry and exit control lets you determine exactly where and how the cutter enters and leaves your part. An automatic point generator adds greater precision, as well as advanced gouge checking and a 5-axis safe zone around the part.
 
Collision Control
When programming 5-axis parts, it is often necessary to come very close to the part or fixture with the cutter, arbor, or the holder. Mastercam gives you "near miss tolerance" fields so you can specify how close you are willing to get with any part of the tool and how to avoid those situations.
 
Blade Expert add-on
Mastercam's new Blade Expert add-on greatly simplifies the toolpath creation process for any multi-bladed parts, including fans, propellers, impellers, turbines, marine screws, and more. Blade Expert is a very powerful and easy-to-use custom application, designed to generate efficient, smooth, and gouge-free toolpaths for these complex bladed parts.
 
Port Expert add-on
Mastercam's Port Expert add-on creates accurate, efficient engine cylinder head porting toolpaths on port surface or solid data. The Port Expert toolpaths use 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then convert automatically to 5-axis motion with minimum tilt. This leaves no fishtails or inefficient reverse moves, and smoothly transitions where the toolpaths meet at the middle of the port.
 
For more information, visit: www.mastercam.com/Products/Multiaxis/Default.aspx

CNC Software, Inc., producer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the 2012 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition. This competition entices students with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judge, and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. The competition provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process.

The Challenge

For the 2012 competition, students are challenged to design and machine a guitar bridge. Winners will be selected based on several criteria including accuracy, creativity, and cleanliness of the part among other criteria.

The Celebrity Judge

The 2012 IOF competition will be judged by a team of experts from world-renowned Taylor Guitars. Co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Lustig know about humble beginnings and the value of innovation and determination. Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars went through a number of lean years before taking off. Since then, they have become the only American luthiers in the last 100 years to take an acoustic guitar company from a two-man shop to a production-level manufacturer without relinquishing ownership or creative control.

The Awards

Everyone who enters the competition receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt. The student who creates the winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice. In addition, the winner and their Mastercam instructor will receive a trip to El Cajon, California, to tour the Taylor Guitars facility. Mastercam IOF recognition plaques will go to both the winner and their school. The winner’s instructor will also receive a limited edition Mastercam IOF polo shirt.

Competition Rules

All entries to the Mastercam 2012 IOF competition are subject to the following requirements:

• The part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software.

• The part must have a professional look and remain consistent with the theme industry standards.

• The part must adhere to the specifications.

• Tell us the story behind your part entry; the inspiration for its design, materials used, etc.

• Include photos of you holding the part, your instructor, the school lab, and the CNC machine. Electronic files are preferred.

• The entry must consist of one finished, unpainted part.

• All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. Parts cannot be returned.

• All designs become the property of CNC Software, Inc.

• All entries and completed entry forms must be received by May 31, 2012.

• While we welcome past winners to submit entries, past winners are not eligible to win the grand prize.

For more information on the 2012 Mastercam Innovator of the Future competition including the entry form and part specifications, visit: www.mastercamiof.com

WESTEC 2012 will feature the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software. Stop by booth # 2612 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, March 27-29 for a look at Mastercam X6, the latest release, which introduces significant new capabilities, including new stock models, Mastercam Blade Expert, the new OptiRest toolpath, Hybrid Finish Filler Passes, and so much more.

Stock Model

A precise machining stock model delivers a variety of benefits—viewing and verifying work as it progresses, performing stock model comparisons, and easily choosing existing stock for rest machining. Mastercam gives you the power to create accurate, fully-associative stock models at any point in your machining process.

Blade Expert Add-on

Mastercam Blade Expert greatly simplifies the toolpath creation process for any multi-bladed parts, including fans, propellers, impellers, turbines, marine screws, and more. There is no limit to the number of blades, splitters, or sub-splitters that can be programmed. Blade Expert includes a variety of powerful and flexible multiaxis roughing strategies. Automatic tool axis control ensures smooth machine motion.

OptiRest Toolpath

Mastercam’s latest 3D High Speed Toolpath performs Rest Milling operations to remove remaining material with optimized roughing motion. This powerful new toolpath can use the new stock model functionality for defining stock removal areas.

Hybrid Finish Filler Passes

3D high speed Hybrid toolpaths now maintain all of the Z level cuts in the steep areas of your parts while filling in the shallow areas with scallop motion within a single Z section. These toolpaths combine the best of both worlds with waterline (constant Z) motion and scallop where needed. Now you can have both waterline and scallop motion at the same Z section, section after section. The result is a much better finish and more efficient use of the tool.

More powerful tools in Mastercam X6 include:

·         2D HST Region Chaining

·         2D HST Dynamic Toolpath Improvements

·         Mastercam Lathe Variable Depth Roughing

·         64-bit support

·         OptiRough strategy now offers OptiCore and OptiArea

·         Facing and Canned Groove toolpaths

·         New Autosync Rails

·         Wirepath Editor improvements

For more information on Mastercam X6, and to view videos on the new software features, visit: www.mastercam.com

Friday, 15 July 2011 09:55

See Mastercam in action at imX 2011

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imX 2011 will feature the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software. Stop by booth # 1914 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, September 12-14, for a look at Mastercam X5, the latest release, which delivers dramatic time-saving cutting techniques. Mastercam X5 includes new dynamic milling techniques, new OptiRough toolpath, multiaxis machining, and much more.

Smart Hybrid Finishing
Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.

Fast, Aggressive, Intelligent Roughing
Mastercam's new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath supports cutters capable of machining very large depths of cut. OptiRough is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.

A single OptiRough toolpath can cut material in two directions: on step-downs (-Z) and step-ups (+Z). This highly efficient, bi-directional cutting strategy removes the maximum amount of material with the minimum of step-downs, significantly reducing cycle times. Below is a graph comparing Traditional Machining vs. OptiRough:

New Dynamic Milling Techniques
Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill helps ensure maximum tool efficiency during cleanup routines. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes. Below is a graph comparing Traditional Machining vs. Dynamic Mill:

For more information, visit: www.mastercam.com or www.imxevent.com

Multiaxis machining can dramatically increase a shop's competitiveness. Mastercam's multiaxis machining offers a wide range of multiaxis machining strategies – both basic and advanced. With Mastercam, you have complete control over the three crucial elements of multiaxis machining – Cut Pattern, Tool Axis Control, and Collision Control. Mastercam X5 introduces a unified interface and a streamlined workflow for generating multiaxis toolpaths.

Cut Patterns
Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D and 3D wireframe, solid primitives (for example, box, cylinder, or sphere), or complex multisurface grids.

Mastercam's Multiaxis machining has many toolpath types to govern the cut pattern including:

* Curve wireframe for trimming operations
* Swarf fanning and swarf machining over multisurface floors, plus rail swarf cutting for added control
* Multisurface 5-axis roughing and finishing, including depth cuts, plunge roughing, and flowline machining and drilling
* Stock recognition that trims toolpaths to eliminate air-cuts and drastically reduce cycle times
* Custom applications for machining cylinder heads and converting probe data to machinable geometry
* And Mastercam X5 introduces eight new triangular mesh multiaxis toolpaths that support surface, solid, and STL input

Tool Axis Control
Mastercam's Tool Axis Control allows orientation of the tool's center axis to be manipulated as it follows the cut pattern. You have complete and dynamic control over the tool axis, lead/lag, entry/exit, and tilt, which simplifies even the most difficult multiaxis jobs. Full entry and exit control lets you determine exactly where and how the cutter enters and leaves your part. An automatic point generator adds greater precision, as well as advanced gouge checking and a 5-axis safe zone around the part.

Powerful axis limits control tool motion between defined angles, ensuring that the tool tilt does not violate part or machine tool limits. You can easily refine control of your tool axis with a few simple pieces of CAD geometry. Shank containment simplifies cutting in confined areas.

Collision Control
When programming 5-axis parts, it is often necessary to come very close to the part or fixture with either the cutter, arbor, or the holder. Mastercam gives you "near miss tolerance" fields so you can specify how close you are willing to get with any part of the tool and how to avoid those situations.

Streamlined Multiaxis Interface
Mastercam X5 introduces a unified interface and a streamlined workflow for multiaxis toolpaths. The selection screen tree structure changes based on toolpath family and type selections. The tree is laid out in the logical order of setting your toolpath parameters. Simply advance along the tree structure, choosing your options and setting your parameters along the way, to create the desired multiaxis toolpath.

For more information on Mastecam's Multiaxis machining, visit: www.mastercam.com/Products/Multiaxis/Default.aspx

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:58

Mastercam X5 MU1 Unveiled

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Mastercam X5 MU1 offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. This Maintenance update is available at no charge to all current Mastercam Maintenance customers.

Here are some of the most significant highlights and new functionality in Mastercam X5 MU1:

Mill:

* Enhanced gouge checking and containment options for 3D high speed toolpaths
* Improved Curve 5-axis and Swarf 5-axis cutting, allowing overlap
* Faster Mill tree-style dialog performance

Router:

* Drag and drop parts from one sheet to another during geometry or toolpath nesting
* Output block drilling parameters for easy use on setup sheets and with certain point-to-point routers

Wire:

* Enhanced 4-axis Direct wirepath accommodates a new suite of geometry and outputs for even smoother motion
* Added options give you even more precision tab control
* Ability to window chain relief cuts in your material workpiece

CAD Tools:

* Updated file translators for ACIS, CATIA, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Unigraphics, and Rhino
* Easier surface curve selection and solid layout functions
* New option to import STL files as lines or STL mesh

With the release of Mastercam X5 MU1, we are also introducing Mastercam Port Expert, a new purchasable add-on designed for the head porting industry. This powerful tool can be added on to Mastercam Mill Level 3 or Router Pro, and delivers:

* Intelligent, specialized programming that machines as far as possible into the port with 3-axis toolpaths before switching smoothly to 5-axis motion
* Advanced gouge checking to help ensure high-quality cuts
* Flexible machining definition and constraints, allowing automatic or manual choices

For more information on the MU1 release visit: www.mastercam.com

Mastercam X5 for SolidWorks, which was recently awarded Certified Gold Partner status, is a CAM application that fully integrated into SolidWorks. Users can program parts directly in SolidWorks using Mastercam's industry-leading toolpaths and machining strategies.

Mastercam for SolidWorks provides a full suite of cutting strategies, including Feature Based Machining (FBM) and 3D High Speed Machining (HSM) toolpaths. Mastercam for SolidWorks also delivers powerful automated cleanup toolpaths that complete parts faster, with little or no handwork.

Benefitting both the Mastercam and SolidWorks communities, Mastercam for SolidWorks provides familiar, shop-tested parameter screens and processes, including a machining tree for quick access to any point in the machining process.

Besides conventional 2D programming, such as pocketing and contouring, Mastercam for SolidWorks offers a range of high-power machining functions:

* Dynamic Milling creates an active toolpath with more consistent cutting conditions and use of the entire tool flute length.
* High Speed Machining delivers faster turnaround and a superior finish.
* Peel Milling assures efficient constant climb milling between two selected contours or along a single contour. When cutting hardened material, the peel mill toolpath uses the full flute cutter depth and avoids many shallow cuts.

Mastercam for SolidWorks features many other toolpaths as well. For more information, please visit: www.mastercamforsolidworks.com

CNC Software, Inc. announces that its Summer Teacher Training courses have been determined and registration is now open.

Mastercam's Summer Teacher Training program is designed with the instructor in mind. Not only will it teach you to use Mastercam, but you will learn how to teach your students to use Mastercam effectively. Collaborative, hands-on training lets you experience the projects in much the same way your students would. In addition, classes are kept small so we can focus on the needs of the group.

Attending Mastercam's Summer Teacher Training gives you an opportunity to interact and network with other Mastercam teachers. And, each instructor that attends will receive a free Mastercam University course. You can choose a class that complements what you have learned, or choose a completely different subject to expand your Mastercam knowledge.

Here are the Summer Teacher Training programs being offered and a brief description:


* Basic Projects – Learn introductory, curriculum based projects, such as a nameplate or medallion. You will work through the projects and learn how to deal with common issues that may come up for your students.

* Mastercam Multiaxis – Learn the multiaxis machining strategies that will allow your students to create more complex parts. Learn about the advantages of multiaxis machining, multiaxis configurations, and more.

* Intermediate Projects – More complex than the Basic Projects class, you will use Mastercam Mill and Art to work through the design process, CNC setup, and CNC machining to familiarize yourself with potential problems that might occur in your classrooms.

* Mastercam Fundamentals – Designed to take a beginner from feeling intimidated to feeling comfortable working with the tools in Mastercam, this program covers basic drawing techniques and commands, basic toolpaths, importing geometry and files, and more.

* Mastercam for SolidWorks – Intended for instructors with some SolidWorks experience who are looking to take the next step by introducing CNC machining.

* Skills USA Automated Technology 101 – Essential for instructors looking to get a team started or to become more competitive in the SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing Competition.

* Mastercam Certification – Designed to prepare you to become a certified Mastercam instructor and will deliver at least the minimum skills and information required for Certification.

* Mastercam Art – Learn how to add flair and personality to projects. Using the basic Art functions you learn in this class, you will be able to create projects with a "Wow" factor.

* Mastercam Lathe – Learn how to better utilize your lathe through projects such as a brass top, a mini bat, and chess pieces.


For more information on Mastercam's Summer Teacher Training, or to register for a course, please visit: www.mastercam.com/stt

CNC Software, developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces that its Mastercam X5 CAD/CAM Software has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize, and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and increase efficiency. To be certified, the product must meet certain guidelines and demonstrate a high level of quality as well as compatibility with Autodesk Inventor software. Certification is given only after the product has been tested and approved.

"We are very happy to be certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012. Many Mastercam customers receive Inventor files, so both communities can be assured of the seamless integration between our two products," says Gary Hargreaves, director of business development for CNC Software. "The flow from design to manufacture becomes easier for both Inventor and Mastercam customers, where the designer can be assured that the part designed in Inventor is precisely the part that is machined with Mastercam. Both companies are working together to provide customers with the best in CAD and CAM software. The Mastercam and Autodesk Inventor integration offers users a way to easily work between the two products and stay ahead of their competition."

Mastercam X5 has a direct add-in for Autodesk Inventor, a great way to boost productivity. Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software takes engineers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling them to design, visualize, and simulate products before they are ever built. Free to the Mastercam and Autodesk communities, Mastercam Direct enables users to open a model in Mastercam while in an Inventor session, and then update toolpaths to reflect changes to the model. Mastercam X5 is able to read in native Inventor files (.IPT and .IAM) for design purposes and toolpath generation.

"Autodesk Inventor software users can import part files and manufacture them quickly using Mastercam X5" says Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. "Having partners, such as Mastercam, in the Autodesk Certified Application Program assures users that the same standards of product quality we want for Autodesk Inventor are being extended to the Mastercam suite of solutions."

Mastercam Direct for Inventor is available at no charge from www.mastercam.com or through your local Mastercam Reseller.

AWFS 2011 will feature the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software. Stop by booth # 2211 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, July 20-23, for a look at Mastercam Router X5. Mastercam Router X5 continues the trend of faster and more efficient programming with new enhancements that will keep your shop ahead of the competition. Automatic Toolpathing improvements and solids support in nesting combine with new enhancements in a comprehensive router package intended to improve shop floor productivity.


Solids Support in Toolpath Nesting

In Mastercam Router X5, both Rectangular and TrueShape Nesting support solid operations, including operations created by Feature Based Machining toolpaths.


Automatic Toolpathing (ATP)

Mastercam includes an Automatic Toolpathing option which can read in entire projects and have them automatically programmed using presets that you choose. Mastercam Router X5 includes several improvements to ATP, including the ability to:

* Easily update strategies by updating existing level scans
* Quickly add new operations from within the Strategy Manager
* Add multiple materials on-the-fly in standard ATP mode


Feature Based Machining Block Drill Support

Mastercam X5 Feature Based Machining (FBM) Drill now recognizes block drill units that are configured in the active Router machine definition. FBM Drill can automatically assign block drill operations to the job when the tools that are in the block drill definition are appropriate for the hole features on your part. If there are hole sizes that cannot be drilled with the active block drill configuration, they can be automatically processed using a standard tool in the main spindle.

Other new enhancements include:

* Drag and drop editing of nested sheets, including dragging parts from one sheet to another
* Feature Based Machining (FBM) improvements
* WCS support for ATP single part processing
* Smart hybrid finishing and hybrid leftover machining
* Multiaxis improvements


For more information visit: www.mastercamrouter.com or www.awfsfair.org

CNC Software Europe SA has been created in Porrentruy, Switzerland for the development of Mastercam Swiss Expert, a CAD/CAM product dedicated to the Swiss turn market.  CNC Software acquired sole rights to SylvieXpert, a Swiss turn software developed in this area of Switzerland in June 2010. The creation of CNC Software Europe SA will allow the company to access the expertise available in the Jura Region of Switzerland, known as the birthplace of Swiss machining.

According to Gary Hargreaves, CNC Software Vice President of Business Development, “we opened the development center in Switzerland because of our commitment to Mastercam Swiss Expert. Hiring the right talent in Switzerland gives us the team to successfully push forward in this growing market. The Swiss Expert product is a great compliment to the existing suite of Mastercam products.”

Swiss turning machines are typically highly complex with many operations happening simultaneously.  "The ability to accurately drive these machines and simulate the complex motion requires software developed specifically for this type of machine," says Hargreaves.  "CAM vendors find that a Swiss turning package cannot simply be a module that is added on to a standard package without a significant development effort.”

Hargreaves says the market for Swiss turning machines has been increasing steadily.  "In addition to the shop that specializes in Swiss machines creating small, highly accurate parts, the use of products like Mastercam Swiss Expert has allowed the job shop with part runs of 1000 pieces to buy these machines.  Many existing Mastercam customers are now buying Swiss turn machines to produce smaller lots of parts and provide faster turnaround to their customers,” he adds.

Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning, 2- and 4-axis wire EDM, 2D and 3D design, surface and solid modeling, and artistic relief cutting. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 150,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7, and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems.

For more information visit: www.mastercam.com

CNC Software, Inc., manufacturer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the 2011 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition. This competition entices students with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judge, and a chance to win a scholarship. The competition also provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process.

The Challenge
For the 2011 competition, students are challenged to design and machine a working guitar capo. Winners will be selected based on several criteria including accuracy, creativity, and cleanliness of the part among other criteria.

The Celebrity Judge
The 2011 IOF competition will be judged by Mark Summers, the co-founder and current president of CNC Software, Inc. Mark’s combined interests in machining and guitars—he has been playing guitar for over 20 years—makes him a great judge of both functionality and manufacturing skills.

The Awards
Everyone who enters the competition receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt. The student who creates the winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice. In addition, the winner and their Mastercam instructor will receive a trip to Tolland, Connecticut to tour the CNC Software world headquarters. Mastercam IOF recognition plaques will go to both the winner and their school. The winner’s instructor will also receive a limited edition Mastercam IOF polo shirt.

Competition Rules
All entries to the Mastercam 2011 IOF competition are subject to the following requirements:

• The part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software.

• The part must have a professional look and remain consistent with the theme industry standards.

• The part must adhere to the specifications.

• Tell us the story behind your part entry; the inspiration for its design, materials used, etc.

• Include photos of you holding the part, your instructor, the school lab, and the CNC machine. Electronic files are preferred.

• The entry must consist of one finished, unpainted part.

• All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. Parts cannot be returned.

• All designs become the property of CNC Software, Inc.

• All entries and completed entry forms must be received by May 31, 2011.

• Send entries to CNC Software, Inc., Educational Division, 5717 Wollochet Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. (Please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know when to expect your entry).

• While we welcome past winners to submit entries, past winners are not eligible to win the grand prize.

For more information on the 2011 Mastercam Innovator of the Future competition including the entry form and part specifications, please visit: www.mastercam.com/iof

CNC Software, Inc. announces that its Mastercam for SolidWorks® software package was recently awarded Certified Gold Partner status and supports SolidWorks® 3D CAD software.

Designers, engineers, and machinists use Mastercam for SolidWorks software to program their toolpaths after they have finished designing in SolidWorks. The toolpaths are applied directly to the SolidWorks model in their native environment.

A SolidWorks Certified Gold Partner Product, Mastercam for SolidWorks, allows users to program their parts directly in SolidWorks, using Mastercam's vast array of toolpaths. The combination of Mastercam for SolidWorks and SolidWorks 2011 allows users to combine the best in CAD with the best in CAM, all without leaving their SolidWorks interface.

"Integration between key product design applications can shave precious time off of the development process and increase productivity," said Nick Iwaskow, SolidWorks Manager, Alliances. "Integrating Mastercam for SolidWorks directly within the SolidWorks environment helps designers and engineers improve designs and deliver the products their customers are looking for."

"With our toolpaths running directly in the SolidWorks environment, our users will feel comfortable programming their parts, just as if they were in standard Mastercam," says Ben Mund, Marketing Manager, CNC Software, Inc. "The beauty is that now they can run those toolpaths inside of SolidWorks, without the hassle of exporting files and handling the translation."

For more information visit: www.mastercamforsolidworks.com

The Schaefer brothers, co-owners of Automated Routing, don’t like the fact that the United States is losing so many jobs to China and other areas of the world where cheap labor and government subsidies make it difficult for US businesses to compete. So they decided to do something about it. They are fighting back using customized CNC router software solutions as well as equipment of their own design.

Automated Routing’s Evan Schaefer said, “We are doing everything we can to bring more jobs to the US and try to level the playing field. You can't do it with manual labor, compared to what companies pay their employees in Asia and other parts of the world. But you can do it with technology.”

For example, one of their best customers recently signed a one-year contract to produce 25,000 units per month of a single furniture component. It was previously made in China. Specialized equipment and software made it possible for the company to come in under its competitor’s price while guaranteeing just-in-time deliveries in days instead of weeks.  This one project has added five more jobs to the company’s work force and brings the total to 18 jobs added since the beginning of the year.

Automated Routing supplies CNC manufactured wood furniture and casket components to manufacturers throughout the Midwest and beyond. They started out with just one machine and only produced parts for a few local companies. As the volume of parts increased, more equipment was purchased to supply the demand. Today, the company has 26 3-axis Thermwood routers, three 5-axis Bocci routers, and three CNC panel saws. Four engineers program all of this equipment using four seats of Mastercam Router software.

The company uses technology wherever it can to improve efficiency and reduce delivery times. Recently, they worked with Mastercam to develop a special SAP C-Hook applet to communicate with their SAP MRP software. The company produces thousands of part numbers. The SAP C-Hook applet alerts engineers if there has been a change made to a drawing the customer has submitted with the work order (which is frequently the case). This notification prevents the loss of significant time and money that can occur by inadvertently working with the wrong version of the drawing.

“Another thing we like about Mastercam,” said Schaefer “is that it is open enough that we develop our own C-Hooks and put those into the program to grow our business in different directions. For example, we developed the Romer measurement arm applet to import point data into Mastercam so we can quickly reverse engineer sculptured furniture components that utilize the company’s 5-axis routers for manufacturing plywood molds and for trimming finished products.

Technology also made it possible to go after new markets. Schaefer cited casket components as a very stable industry that has contributed to its growth. The company is also seeing a lot of activity in the medical furniture market. The renewed national focus on healthcare has resulted in a tremendous opportunity for the company to use CAD/CAM capabilities to manufacture new component designs for emerging product opportunities, from bariatric furniture to modular examination tables.

“Automation has also helped us penetrate new markets by accentuating our strengths, which are price and delivery. Customers want more than the best price so our typical lead time is less than two weeks on any quantity,” Schaefer said.

“Order sizes have come down over the years, so you have to get really creative to get the job set up and run. If you go back 10 years, a typical order might be 1000 and a small order might be 500. Today they might call you on Monday and say I need 50 by Friday. And that is a pretty good order.  Even if they send us files with changes in the drawings, we’ll ship their product when they want it. That’s what we do.”

Precision Machining Technology Show 2011 will feature the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software. Stop by booth # 1212 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH, April 19-21, for a look at the latest release, Mastercam X5, and a preview of the upcoming Mastercam Swiss Expert.

Be the First to See Mastercam Swiss Expert
CNC Software has acquired well-respected Swiss machining software SylvieXpert. Developed in Switzerland for Swiss machines by experts in the Jura region of Switzerland where these machines were invented, we’ve been refining and adapting it. We will be previewing the 2011 release of Mastercam Swiss Expert at this show.

Mastercam Mill X5 – Built for Speed
We’ll also be spotlighting the newly released Mastercam X5, including:

•    Fast, aggressive, intelligent roughing
Mastercam’s new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.

•    Smart Hybrid Finishing
Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.

•    Streamlined multiaxis machining
Mastercam’s multiaxis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you’re doing using clear illustrations, and then gives you a clear, step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multiaxis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.

•    New Dynamic Milling Techniques
Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill helps ensure maximum tool efficiency during cleanup routines. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.

For more information on Mastercam X5, and to view videos on the new software features, please visit www.mastercam.com

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:17

Mastercam QuickPart

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CAD/CAM can be challenging to learn, and even more challenging to teach. Mastercam QuickPart gives students a fast, easy way to design and cut parts while learning the principles of CAD/CAM, and having fun doing it. Mastercam QuickPart is easy to use, and provides a path for instant success.

QuickPart takes a student step-by-step through a basic CAD/CAM application. It uses Mastercam functionality to let a student first design a part, and then create toolpaths to cut the part. From material selection, to stock size, to tool selection, a student will learn the methods involved in manufacturing with state-of-the-art CAM software.

QuickPart guides students through the process of creating simple parts by presenting them with one concept per screen. When students are able to cut parts they designed shortly after being introduced to Mastercam, they are encouraged by their progress and eager to learn more.

Extensive instructor controls allow instructors to configure the program to match their students’ needs and available resources. In addition, each QuickPart project can generate a printable detailed setup sheet showing toolpath, stock size, selected tool, and more that instructors can review before running the CNC machine.

Mastercam QuickPart is a standalone product that has been developed on the Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition platform.

For more information on Mastercam QuickPart please contact your local Mastercam Reseller at www.mastercam.com/Resellers

AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 will feature the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software. Stop by booth # 1418 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, April 5-7, for a look at Mastercam X5, which introduces significant new capabilities, including Mastercam Blade Expert, new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and much more.


Mastercam Blade Expert

Mastercam Blade Expert is a custom application designed to generate toolpaths to cut multi-bladed parts. Blade Expert will cut multi-split impellers, propellers, turbines, and more. The toolpaths first remove the material from between the blades. Next, they finish the blades and fillets, and then finish up with the floor. Blade Expert has a clear, precise user interface which follows the consistent flow of all existing 5-axis toolpaths. The end result is a smooth toolpath, precise finish, and a dramatic reduction in programming and cycle time.


Fast, Aggressive, Intelligent Roughing

Mastercam’s new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.


Smart Hybrid Finishing

Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.


Streamlined Multiaxis Machining

Mastercam’s multiaxis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you’re doing using clear illustrations, and then gives you a clear, step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multiaxis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.


New Dynamic Milling Techniques

Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill helps ensure maximum tool efficiency during cleanup routines. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.


For more information on Mastercam X5, and to view videos on the new software features, please visit www.mastercam.com

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:33

CNC Software Unveils Mastercam X5

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CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam X5. Mastercam X5 introduces significant new capabilities, including new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and much more.

New Dynamic Milling Techniques
Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill behaves in a manner similar to the current toolpath, only it uses dynamic milling motion instead of core mill or area mill motion for the rest operations. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.

Much easier multiaxis machining
Mastercam’s multiaxis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you’re doing using clear illustrations, and then gives you a clear, step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multiaxis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.

Fast, aggressive, intelligent roughing
Mastercam’s new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.

Smart Hybrid Finishing
Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.

For more information on Mastercam X5, and to view videos on the new software features, please visit www.mastercam.com.

About Mastercam
Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling; and artistic relief cutting. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 150,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems. For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and its Mastercam family of products, contact CNC Software, Inc., M - F, 8 AM - 6 PM EST at (800) 228-2877 or (860) 875-5006,    671 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084. Or visit www.mastercam.com.

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