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Mastercam 2020 Migration

Mastercam 2020 Migration

Today we will outline how to update your previous Mastercam version resource files to Mastercam 2020 using the Migration utility. To start, create a temporary source folder for the Migration utility to access called “update.”

Mastercam 2020 Migration

You will use this to hold copies of the contents of the Shared Mcam folder, which will leave the previous installation undisturbed. You can remove all but the files that have custom settings from these copied folders (if you are confident in doing so).

Next, launch Mastercam and go to File – Convert – Migration Wizard.

Mastercam 2020 Migration

Select the Advanced option and the screen will change to display the File Location selection options.

Mastercam 2020 Migration

Mastercam 2020 Migration

Check the box labeled Migrate Shared Mcam files and use the browse button to navigate to the Update folder.

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By |July 15th, 2019|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Shortens Time to Market

HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing

Rapid Prototyping

In the mad rush to get a new product to market, every hour counts, and as time passes, competition waxes while customers wane.

In recent years, technological advances have dramatically accelerated the traditional product manufacturing lifecycle. Innovations in advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and digitization are enabling companies to get new products to market faster than ever before.

To keep up with increasing speed to market and shorter product lifecycles, many companies are turning to 3D printing to stay ahead of the competition. While 3D printing has long been used as a prototyping tool, new advancements have helped increase the speed, helped improved the mechanical properties, and helped lower the cost of the technology. Specifically, with the introduction of HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing, companies are reaping the benefits of rapid prototyping and easier transitions to full production. Ultimately, with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, customers are embracing a technology that enables them to move at the speed of their ideas.

Accelerating design & iteration

Innovation requires iteration: Designers can […]

Investment and Sand Casting Processes Part 1

Metal Casting Basics

For applications where parts require fine features or complex geometries, casting remains a cost-effective and highly capable manufacturing process, producing critical components for aerospace, automotive, and medical applications.

Metal casting dates back to at least 3200 B.C., progressing through many cycles of innovation to become the reliable, modernized process it is now. Today, industrial metal casting processes are used to make everything from knee implants to tractor parts.

The basic process to create cast metal parts has a few steps common across different techniques:

  • A manufacturer creates a pattern that represents the part, either as a removable element to make an impression in a material like sand, or left inside of the mold material and subsequently burned or melted out.
  • In either case, a cavity in the shape of the pattern is left behind, and molten metal is poured in.
  • The molten metal cools, and the mold is either opened up or broken apart to retrieve the casting.
  • Cast parts have vestiges of the process where vents, gates, and feeders that direct gases and molten metal during casting. […]
By |July 10th, 2019|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

Mastercam Router 2020 Released

Mastercam Router

Latest Advancements in World’s Leading CAM Software Designed to Streamline the Manufacturing Process

Mastercam 2020 Router was recently released and it increases router cutting productivity and reduces overall production costs. It offers new 2D through multiaxis automation features, CAD and model preparation improvements, improved Machine Configuration, 3D Tooling, and many more enhancements designed to streamline manufacturing from job setup to job completion.

CNC Programming
Mastercam 2020 meets the need for CAD/CAM software to increase productivity and programming efficiency, while reducing overall production costs, with a series of automated 2D through 5-axis toolpath improvements. Drag-and-drop expansion in select toolpaths streamline programming changes and automated multiaxis deburring speeds complex edge break operations. 3D tooling has also seen many usability improvements such as 3D tool icons in tool lists, stop-on-contact functionality when mating insert to holder, and auto-populating compensation point when defining 3D tools.

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Job Preparation and Setup
Mastercam 2020 increases efficiency and reduces job setup time and the preparation needed for part machining and […]

By |July 8th, 2019|Mastercam|0 Comments

HP Leads Digital Manufacturing Forward

HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printer

New HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution unleashes manufacturing predictability, breakthrough economics, and new applications; Industry leaders BASF, Jaguar Land Rover, Materialise, Siemens, and Vestas lean in with HP; New HP Digital Manufacturing Network for high-quality parts at scale.

HP Inc. recently unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing journey. HP is expanding its industry-leading 3D printing portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, an industrial 3D printing system bringing new levels of manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production. To further enable customers digitally transforming their manufacturing, HP is also expanding its strategic alliances with industrial leaders BASF, Materialise, and Siemens, and launching the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a new global community of proven, large-scale 3D printed parts providers.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes […]

Mastercam 2020 Quick Reference Guide

Mastercam 2020 Quick Reference Guide

How would you like a handy reference guide for all of Mastercam’s functions? The Mastercam 2020 Quick Reference Guide is one simple chart that shows all the Mastercam icons, what functions they call, and the associated keyboard shortcut. It’s the perfect thing to have near your computer. The back of the reference guide even shows quick tips for the on-screen editing tools. Did you forget how to use the Mastercam Dynamic Gnomon or need some reminders on how to use the Quick Masks? This is your answer. Just click below to download the PDF, print it out and post near your work station. You’ll be glad you did!

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By |July 1st, 2019|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments
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