23 04, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Mill-Turn Improvements

By | 2018-04-12T09:03:48+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

Mastercam Mill-Turn makes machining on today’s high-powered turning centers and full-function machining centers simpler and easier than ever before. These machines eliminate multiple setups, manual part handling, redundant fixturing, and reduce idle time—boosting production and maximizing fitability. Center Support and Tailstock Operations With the support for center tools, you can now create a Center Point toolpath, which is used when you need to mount a center tool in a turret and engage the tool for live center support. And, you can now create Tailstock Operations to quickly create a set of operations to load a center tool, move to stock clearance and, if applicable, advance the quill. The available tailstock options differ depending on the selected machine. You can also create a set of tailstock operations to retract the quill and tailstock, and unload the center tool. Mastercam now supports center tool definitions. Now, when creating a tailstock or Center Point toolpath, the center tool will display in the graphics window. General Enhancements: You can now chain geometry on multiple planes, similar to Lathe chaining. All features can be toolpathed on multiple sides in one operation. Edit common parameters is now available in Mill-Turn. If you import an operation, Mastercam will [...]

16 04, 2018

Mastercam Tech Exchange

By | 2018-04-16T09:01:48+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

The Tech Exchange page on the Mastercam website is a valuable resource available to all registered Mastercam customers. It has links to dozens of files you can download and use in your projects. Here are some examples of how it works. When you log in at and go to the Support button and select Tech Exchange from the drop-down menu. Near the top, there are several search filters you can apply if you want to narrow down the display list results. From there, browse the category tabs below the search filters and choose between Sample Files which show the latest innovations in toolpath, Tool Libraries featuring several cutter and tool holding component manufacturers. It also includes some Posts that you can try before buying a fully customized one. The Downloads are all clearly labeled with the Mastercam version, product type, and measurement units that they support. Once you have downloaded some files, you can explore ways to use the resources in the files. For instance, you can explore the use of stock models and multi-axis roughing techniques in the docking ring sample. Or, try a new type of tooling like the circle segment line, or test outfit a turret [...]

9 04, 2018

Women in Manufacturing

By | 2018-04-09T08:37:33+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

In an interview for the Woman and Manufacturing (WAM) podcast, Meghan West, president and CEO of CNC Software, Inc., shares valuable insight. Meghan’s father founded CNC Software, the creators of Mastercam, 35 years ago. Growing up with the family business, Meghan gained a unique passion for manufacturing and first-hand perspective on trends and technologies affecting the industry. When asked about the best piece of advice from her dad, Meghan shared: “Don’t limit yourself.” She suggests finding out what makes you happy and then doing that." “Own your destiny; your opportunities are the ones you create. You need to put in the effort, put in the work, and earn the respect of others to do that.” That’s brought Meghan to where she is today. She speaks about her rise to leadership in the manufacturing industry, the importance of education and mentorship, opportunities within manufacturing, the need to address the skills gap, strategies to reduce the gender gap, and much more in this informative WAM podcast. “In the U.S. manufacturing jobs are on the rise, but not enough people are skilled and educated to fill these positions. They are high paying, great jobs for people with talent and interest in manufacturing – it’s [...]

2 04, 2018

Mastercam 2019 Public Beta

By | 2018-04-02T09:32:26+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

Would you like to help shape the next generation of Mastercam? The Public Beta for the upcoming Mastercam 2019 release is now open to all currently maintained Mastercam customers. You can download it by clicking the button at the bottom of this article. Please note that Cimquest does not provide technical support for the Beta version, but you can send your feedback directly to CNC Software (the makers of Mastercam) to let them know what you think! Just a few highlights to look for in Mastercam 2019 Beta: New 2D/3D Milling Features improve toolpath efficiency control. Automate 2D chamfering and multiaxis deburring operations. Accelerated Finishing™ is expanded with taper and lens-style tool support. Surface and Solid Modeling Improvements simplify CAD for CAM and deliver greater design and geometry editing tools for shop-floor programmers. Powerful Turning and Mill-Turn improve your productivity with new plunge/grooving strategies, additional PrimeTurning™ support, expanded 3D tool and holder support, plus bar feed and import/export operation improvements. Improved Validation with new, advanced toolpath display and analysis, plus improvements to machine simulation and support. Streamlined workflow and graphics with new sectional views, level and planes management. ...and many other productivity improvements across the entire product. Want to know [...]

30 03, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Promotions Still Available

By | 2018-03-29T09:25:25+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

There is still time to take advantage of some rare opportunities to elevate your CNC capabilities at a reduced cost. We have two current Mastercam promotions going on . . . Customer Loyalty Promotion If you are a Maintenance customer currently on the Maintenance Program, you can save up to 20% on additional Mastercam seats and upgrades. Free Update Promotion Receive a free update to Mastercam 2018 with the purchase of one year of maintenance. By updating to Mastercam 2018 you’ll gain access to all of the latest enhancements and features in Mastercam. Major releases are also made available to customers with active Maintenance at no additional charge. Terms and conditions apply. Please contact us today by clicking the button below to take advantage of these great deals, or for immediate response, call us 866-277-8778. Contact Us

26 03, 2018

Mastercam Celebrates 35 Years

By | 2018-03-26T09:57:01+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

The year 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam CAD/CAM software. In 1983, two brothers, Mark and Jack Summers, came up with a new concept for programming CNC (Computer-Numerical-Control) machine tools. A third brother, Brian Summers, soon joined and together they developed a PC-based CAD/CAM software package that laid the foundation for what would be Mastercam, the world’s most widely used CAD/CAM software. * “It started out as a simple idea,” says Chairman Mark Summers. “I was a machinist. My brother was a mathematician. We combined our experience to put what was out of reach for most shops – NC programming software – right onto their desktops.” In the 35 years that followed, they have advanced dozens of important new technologies for those shops, including “smart” toolpaths, hybrid machining, mill-turn, multiaxis, their proprietary Dynamic Motion technology, as well as basic packages for milling, turning, and wire EDM. All of this couldn’t be possible without the valuable feedback from the industry and from what’s most important to CNC Software, the user base. In addition to manufacturers, the company has focused on selling and supporting Mastercam in the education sector since its inception. They first called the [...]

19 03, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Angle Sweep Commands

By | 2018-03-19T09:58:00+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2018 includes a new enhancement to both the Solid and Surface Primitives tools called Angular Sweep Control. It allows you to dynamically edit round object geometry while you are creating it. Here’s a summary of how it works . . . Let’s start by executing the Primitive Surface Cylinder command. After you set the Basepoint, Radius, and Height, the new Dynamic Arrow Controls appear on the screen. You can click on an arrow to activate the drag handle, then simply click on anything to set the angle sweep, such as a point in space, an increment on the rotation dial, or any other snap location in the graphics screen. These same controls are available when you create a sphere, a cone, or a torus. Keep in mind that Solid Primitives have full history so you can go back and edit them extensively, changing not only their angular sweep, but also base positions, radii, heights and even the extrusion vectors very easily. As you can see, these new handles give you instant visual cues and very accurate control when you are modeling. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks [...]

26 02, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Recent Commands Tab

By | 2018-02-26T09:44:45+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Now, in Mastercam 2018, the Recent Commands Manager can be docked and resized for easier access. When you go to the View ribbon, make sure the Recent Functions Manager is visible. Its default location will be in the stack with all the other Function Manager tabs like Toolpaths, Planes, and Levels. You can hold the left mouse button down on the title tab and move the mouse to tear it off and make it independent as shown below. Hold the left mouse button down on the tab title bar. Hold and drag your mouse to detach and move the dialog box. Then, you can use a docking hotspot to dock it beside the other managers as shown below. You can also hold the left mouse button down on the right-hand edge of the Recent Commands box and resize the manager so that only a single column of icons remains visible. From here you can recall functions quickly without having to browse through the ribbons. Click, hold, and drag the right side of the Recent Functions box to shrink its size. Now, only the icons appear in a single skinny column. As you can see, this will keep your cursor focused [...]

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