15 01, 2018

Mastercam and Kennametal Partner Up to Automate Tooling

By | 2018-01-15T08:09:43+00:00 January 15th, 2018|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 take advantage of these definitions to provide safe and efficient motion. In addition, the models that we import from NOVO help us to generate accurate in-process stock models that can be leveraged in subsequent operations. Customers can also make use of these models in Verification and Machine Simulation to catch programming errors before the program ever gets to the machine tool.” Mitch Benko, Director, Virtual Machining for Kennametal says, ”The pre-production phase of the manufacturing process is a critical point to provide efficiencies and set the stage for a smooth manufacturing run. By partnering with Mastercam, NOVO will enable users to connect and import product information, 3D models, drawings, and starting parameters to expedite the validation and programming processes. By tapping into Kennametal’s digital product data and knowledge, Mastercam with NOVO will eliminate the misapplication to tooling solutions, provide optimal machining strategies, and increase productivity with better quality in the manufacturing environment.” NOVO is a suite of powerful digital tools with all the assets you need in one place to efficiently simulate processes, with reduced setup time and increased accuracy. NOVO provides seamless tooling data transfer for easy use by shops into CAM software. For more information on the Mastercam products, please click the button below. More Info    

8 01, 2018

Upcoming Mastercam Training Dates

By | 2018-01-08T08:49:58+00:00 January 8th, 2018|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 Solid models for tool path creation in drilling cycles, advanced pocketing, helical entry and the use of dynamic milling. Last you will be able to program rotary axis substitution and index units. Mill 3-Axis Jan 10-11, Harrisburg, PA Jan 29-31, Sterling, MA Feb 12-14, Branchburg, NJ Learn to create and edit complex surfaces and curves, and then machine them using a variety of efficient toolpaths. Single and multiple surface machining is discussed. Other topics include pencil tracing, gap settings, tool boundaries, and drive surfaces. Mill 5-Axis Jan 25-26, Harrisburg, PA Jan 29-30, Branchburg, NJ Feb 5-6, Sterling, MA Learn simultaneous 4 & 5 axis machining operations, including flowline and swarf toolpaths, multi-surface techniques, and 5 axis drilling. Lathe Essentials  Jan 24-25, Branchburg, NJ Jan 24-25, Butler, PA Feb 14-15, Windsor, CT Feb 22-23, Harrisburg, PA Learn Mastercam tools and techniques specific to CNC lathe operations. Get in-depth information regarding lathe toolpaths, including facing and grooving operations, stock transfer, and an introduction to C-axis machining. Learn how to use lathe tool libraries, create new tools, and use those tools to quickly and accurately turn new components. Advanced Lathe Jan 23-24, Sterling, MA   Our Instructor will mentor you in moving forward beyond simple 2 axis turning and into Mastercam’s dedicated toolpaths for machines with live tooling capabilities. Topics will include 2D and 3D geometry creation and manipulation, Setup and use of planes and axis combinations, and the use of Mastercam’s “Cview utility” for accessing more advanced milling tool paths.. The course will round out with an introduction to advanced part handling (i.e. – pickoff/cutoff & part transfer operations) and an introduction to custom tool definition for turning and milling. Wire Jan 22-23, Branchburg, NJ and Sterling, MA Learn the basics of the Mastercam CAD and drafting tools, as well as the tools and techniques specific to creating [...]

18 12, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

By | 2017-12-18T08:42:05+00:00 December 18th, 2017|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 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign up

11 12, 2017

Sandvik Prime Turning Install

By | 2018-01-03T08:35:33+00:00 December 11th, 2017|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 for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign up  

27 11, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

By | 2017-12-29T08:43:11+00:00 November 27th, 2017|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 change the boss height again and regenerate the toolpaths, the clearance heights all adjust perfectly. It’s that easy. As you can see, this new option gives you new ways to use your solid model data to drive more intelligent toolpath strategies. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up  

20 11, 2017

Preventing Upcuts in Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

By | 2017-12-29T08:44:16+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new enhancement to the dynamic turning toolpaths in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions of Mastercam, you had to be careful not to gouge the part with the tool holder. Now in Mastercam 2018, one simple checkbox and an adjustable clearance angle can help prevent upcut motions which fall outside the tools useable cutting angle. If we examine a toolpath in a previous version we can see that, based on the chained geometry, Mastercam will attempt to wrap the insert cutting edge around the entire machining area without regard to the exposed shank angle. This will cause a collision. Now, let’s examine the same toolpath in Mastercam 2018. Open the toolpath parameters and go to the second tab. Here you can see the new checkbox and button. If you click the Non-cutting Region button, you can clearly define the angle of engagement you want for the tool. If you simply check the Prevent Up-cutting box, the toolpath calculates clean with no collisions. It’s that easy. As you can see, this new enhancement makes an already useful tool even more flexible and dynamic. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up  

13 11, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Simulation Presentation Files

By | 2017-12-29T08:45:44+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There’s a new option in the Mastercam 2018 Simulator to save full 3D executable presentation files. In previous versions we could capture and save MP4 movies, but viewers could not change the capture perspective or zoom level. Now in Mastercam 2018, the presentation exe files are standalone files that can be run on any computer and they allow full flexibility of the 3D viewing environment. The file below is all set up and ready to go with part geometry, stock, and fixtures. There is also a toolpath ready to go in all three fixture locations. Set the Verify options for how to define the part, stock, and fixture geometry, then go to the Machine Simulation tab and select the machine that you want to see in full simulation mode. You can also edit the position options to bring everything in line with the machine table and then make just the part geometry level visible. Next, click the button to launch Mastercam Simulation. Here you can see the two new buttons on the home ribbon; the first labeled Simulation in the mode section to the right of Backplot and Verify. And the second labeled Save Presentation in the demonstration tools section next to Record and Recording Options. Click the Simulation button and the full machine now becomes visible along with the part, stock, and fixture models. From here you can click the Save Presentation button and save the exe file to your desktop. If you close all the Mastercam windows, then click the exe file to launch simulation the full simulation is now available to run and view in any mode you choose. As you can see, this new option gives you a powerful tool to share job setup information in a new and dynamic format. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign up  

6 11, 2017

Leveraging CAD/CAM Advances

By | 2017-12-12T10:09:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Mastercam|0 Comments

reprint from MoldMaking Technology Often-overlooked software tools can enhance moldmaking business competitiveness. Mold builders have experienced difficult times as inexpensive labor enticed customers to look offshore in search of bargain pricing. This trend persisted even though many of these shoppers frequently paid hidden costs in terms of communications barriers, quality and leadtime challenges. In recent years, many of these issues have been resolved for manufacturers and U.S. mold builders who have established their own presence in distant locations. As time has passed, many of these distant suppliers have seen their own labor costs rise and the demand for higher quality increase. This has started to level the playing field to the point where North American mold builders and their customers are willing, once again, to factor the value of shorter leadtimes, reduced shipping costs and closer communications between designers and moldmaking engineers into their purchasing decisions. To stay in the game, mold builders everywhere must maximize the performance of their critical, skilled workforce and CNC equipment resources. Good CAD/CAM systems provide a surprising number of tools that can help mold builders do both. They provide so many, in fact, that busy users may lose sight of them. Check out this list of commonly overlooked features to ensure that your shop is getting the most from its CAD/CAM software. Taking advantage of all that CAM software tools have to offer can give a shop a big competitive advantage. Software tools may include dynamic machining and tool paths tailored for the latest specialty tools.   Constant Chip Load Machining Conventional roughing approaches back off on material removal rates to compensate for an anticipated worst-case condition, such as burying a cutting tool in a corner. Feeds and speeds are reduced to accommodate this possible event with a little extra added just to be safe. With today’s advanced cutting tools and toolpaths, this approach is unnecessary and harmful as it saps productivity. The better alternative is to employ toolpaths that rely on material-aware algorithms to maintain a constant, ideal chip load as defined by the cutting tool manufacturer throughout the entire roughing operation. This is achieved by the toolpath automatically adjusting its trajectory and motion based on feed per tooth specifications and the remaining material ahead of the tool. As a result, tool burial is avoided no matter how complex the geometry. Material can potentially be removed as aggressively as the CNC machine will allow without the user worrying about exceeding the tool’s cutting capabilities, which can result in tool breakage or part or machine damage. Mold builders who have adopted this approach report a range of advantages that include material removal rate improvements of 25 to 70 percent or more, reduced tool wear, improved productivity and a reduction in overall cycle time. This machining strategy can also safely accelerate both the programming and CNC manufacturing efficiency for the machining of electrodes. Mold builders who use contemporary toolpath strategies that maintain a consistent chip thickness report a substantial positive impact on leadtimes [...]

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