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19 02, 2018

Current Mastercam 2018 Promotions

By | 2018-02-19T13:48:55+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

Now is the time to take advantage of some rare opportunities to elevate your CNC capabilities at a reduced cost. We have two promotions for you to choose from . . . 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

12 02, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Edge Curve Enhancements

By | 2018-02-19T12:58:35+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips, Technology|0 Comments

There are some new enhancements to the Curves commands in Mastercam 2018. The 2D/3D construction switch will determine if the curves are created on edge or projected to the current construction plane, and there are several new Selection and Filtering options available for both Curve One Edge and Curve All Edges. When curves are created on the 3D face edges in 3D mode the curves stay on the face edges. However, if you switch from 3D to 2D construction mode the curves are projected to the current plane and construction elevation. You can also hold the Shift key and all the tangent edges will be picked with one click. In the Curve All Edges command you can use CTRL and/or Shift to have tangent or matching radii selected instantly. Finally, the option check boxes for Ignore Shared Edges and Only Outside Loops allow you to choose multiple faces and keep just the curves you need without redundant or extra geometry in the results. As you can see, these new options will help get the results you want quickly and reduce your preparation time for making toolpath. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to [...]

22 01, 2018

Mastercam and WIDIA Offer Simple Tooling Data Solution

By | 2018-01-22T08:21:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

  Mastercam has collaborated with WIDIA, the original German tungsten carbide tool developers, to provide a solution that enables CAM users to quickly import tool assemblies from WIDIA NOVO directly into Mastercam 2018. Mastercam developers worked closely with WIDIA to let users import 3D tool assemblies directly into Mastercam, validate them, and save them in their Mastercam file and/or Tool Library. Features such as automated filtering ensure that the holders and tools that are selected can work together for the particular job. 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. “We found that in the past, our customers complained of having to search through big complicated catalogs to find related parts, then having to request or build the assemblies from scratch for use in systems such as Mastercam. With the integration of WIDIA NOVO and Mastercam, customers save significant time searching for desired tools and building 3D tool assemblies that can be brought directly into Mastercam for easy use by most shops,” says Rich Taft, Product Owner, CNC Software [...]

15 01, 2018

Mastercam and Kennametal Partner Up to Automate Tooling

By | 2018-01-15T08:09:43+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam, has partnered with Kennametal to provide customers with the ability to quickly import tool assemblies from NOVO directly into Mastercam 2018. The integration of NOVO allows Mastercam customers to save significant time searching for desired tools and building 3D tool assemblies that can be brought directly into Mastercam for easy use by most shops. Mastercam developers worked closely with Kennametal to let users import 3D tool assemblies directly into Mastercam. Features such as automated filtering ensure that the holders and tools that are selected can work together for the particular job. 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. Bring in Kennametal tool assemblies, validate them, and save them in your Mastercam file and/or Tool Library. “Customers had to search through thousands of catalog pages and cross-reference multiple sources to create the Kennametal tool assemblies needed to machine their parts,” says Rich Taft, Product Owner for CNC Software. “Accurate tool definitions can be a critical factor in modern CAM applications. Toolpath algorithms [...]

8 01, 2018

Upcoming Mastercam Training Dates

By | 2018-01-08T08:49:58+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Training|0 Comments

Why not start the new year with some Mastercam training? With new versions coming out every year it can be very difficult to keep up with all the latest enhancements and improvements without occasionally taking some training classes. Cimquest has you covered with many different topic, date, and location options. Over the next couple of months we have several classes to pick from. Please see below for the available options. And don’t despair if your desired class is not being offered in your desired location. We have a constant stream of class options in all of our office locations. Just click the button at the bottom of this article for more dates and details. Mill Essentials  Feb 6-9, Windor, CT Feb 12-15, Harrisburg, PA Feb 12-15, Butler, PA Our Instructor will mentor you in the basics of Mastercam icon functions, geometry and tool path creation that will lead to you to programming many different parts from start to finish. You will learn the foundational principles of basic 2½ axis tool paths and build upon them by programming many real world examples to develop your abilities. You will be able to create and work with basic 2D wireframe and then import and manipulate [...]

18 12, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

By | 2017-12-18T08:42:05+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2018 includes a new enhancement to the 3D highspeed hybrid toolpath. In previous versions, sharp corner smoothing was only available in surface finish scallop, which did not take advantage of multithreading calculation. Now, in Mastercam 2018, one simple checkbox makes this option available in the 3D highspeed hybrid toolpath. Let 's take a look at how this works... To begin, let's compare two scallop toolpaths to show the effect this option has on the cut pattern. You can clearly see the effect on the sharp corners here in the highlighted area. From here, let's create a hybrid toolpath on the same model. Based on the initial parameter settings you can again clearly see where the tool motion makes abrupt sharp changes in direction. Now, if we re-open the tool path parameters and go to the cut parameters branch . . . we can simply check the box to enable smoothing. Then set a blend distance and click OK. Now the abrupt direction changes are replaced with smooth transitions. It’s that easy. As you can see, this new smoothing option will help to refine your machined finishes and create more fluid motion in your programs. Please be sure to sign up for our [...]

11 12, 2017

Sandvik Prime Turning Install

By | 2018-01-03T08:35:33+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Let’s go over how to download and install the new Sandvik Prime Turning module for Mastercam Lathe and Millturn. This innovative new system integrates both specialized cutting tools and toolpath engineering to produce phenomenal efficiency gains in material removal rates. The first thing you need to do is log into the Mastercam website and then go to the 2018 Downloads landing page. From here, select the Prime Turning Installation zip file. Once the download is complete, extract the contents and then right-click and select Run as Administrator. Click through all the prompts and in a few moments the installation is complete. Next, start up Mastercam and add the Prime Turning icon on the Lathe ribbon as shown below. Prime Turning uses a specific toolpath operation and a dedicated tool library, both designed to work together to take maximum advantage of this technology. Finally, create a toolpath and select a tool. Since this technology is very specialized we strongly advise that you consult all the data resources available from both Sandvik and Mastercam. As you can see, Mastercam continues to push forward on the cutting edge of CNC technology, helping you maintain the competitive advantage. Please be sure to sign up [...]

27 11, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

By | 2017-12-29T08:43:11+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is an interesting new option in the linking parameters for Mill toolpaths in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions there were only two options available on this page – Absolute and Incremental. Now, in 2018, a new option called Associative Linking has been added which takes full advantage of the intelligence built right into the model. And, it will adapt automatically to changes in the model structure. In the example file above there are several operations using varying clearance heights. If you open an operation and go to the Linking Parameters page you will see the new option labeled Associative on each branch of the tree. For this example we have set clearance as an associative elevation relative to the top of the center boss. If that elevation changes on the model, the toolpaths will adapt accordingly. Next, go to the Model Prep tab and select the Push-Pull function. If you stretch the face of the center boss upward by an inch you will notice that the toolpaths have all been marked dirty when you click OK. When you regenerate the toolpaths all the clearance heights will automatically adjust to maintain the same relative distance from the feature. If you [...]

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