Blog 2018-02-06T09:27:36+00:00

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Mastercam 2019 Install Tips

Today we are going to cover how to install Mastercam 2019 and Mastercam for Solidworks 2019. We will be using the full install zip file found on Mastercam downloads page. The installation is something that can be very simple.

First, log in to and download the install media.

Mastercam 2019 Install Tips

After you extract the media, right-click on the setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator and soon the first dialog box opens up.

Mastercam 2019 Install Tips

From here, select the corresponding software you want to install. This article will cover both installs side by side. Standalone Mastercam on the left and Mastercam for Solidworks on the right.

Mastercam 2019 Install Tips

You will see a checkmark on the items you are installing like Art and Wire Power. Click Next when you are ready. On the 4th screen, you can press the Configure button and make sure all the information is correct.

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By | July 16th, 2018|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Netfabb HP Workflow


We are very excited to announce that Cimquest is now a reseller for Autodesk Netfabb. Netfabb is Additive Manufacturing software that connects directly to many AM systems to remove the middle step of preparing your build in another program. Today we are going to cover how to use Autodesk Netfabb Premium to repair, prepare, and send your build to the HP JF 4200.


There are three tiers of Netfabb : Standard, Premium and Ultimate. In order to connect to the HP JF 4200 workspace Premium or Ultimate is required.

In this example, we are using the latest version, 2018.3 and with this version, you are able to drag and drop files into the program. These files are STL’s, 3MF’s and native CAD files, and since Netfabb has a CAD importer built in you do not need to purchase any specific file types. You will notice a dialogue box appears with information on each part and most important the green check mark and for one […]

Custom 3D Printed Orthosis Helps Child Walk

Custom 3D Printed Orthosis
Father Helps Son With Cerebral Palsy Walk With Custom 3D Printed Orthosis

Seven years ago, Matej’s and Mateja’s son Nik was born one month prematurely. Due to difficulties during childbirth, he suffered severe brain damage that led to cerebral palsy. Despite the grim initial outlook, Nik was tremendously motivated to be mobile, but the symptoms of his condition prevented him from standing or walking on his own.

Matej set out with a simple goal: to enable Nik to walk. Months of research and development followed, resulting in a custom-made, 3D printed orthosis that provides support and correction exactly where Nik needs them, which finally helped him take his first steps independently.

Inspired by the immediate improvement, the young parents teamed up with experts and set out on a bigger mission to help improve the quality of life of other children and change the status quo in the healthcare industry by offering truly custom, patient-matched orthotics.

Watch the full story below.

For more information […]

By | July 11th, 2018|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

Mastercam 2019 New Solid Hole Function

A new function called Hole is now available on the Solids tab in Mastercam 2019. This function automates the punching of cylindrical holes in primitive solids, saving you from creating circles and extruding them.

Mastercam 2019 New Solid Hole Function

Set the hole dimensions and the hole type. You can create a simple cylinder or select from the following hole types:

  • Counterbore
  • Countersink
  • Counterdrill
  • Taper

Click in the graphics window to place it on the solid. Press [Enter] to view the new hole. The hole remains live, and you can place copies of it on the part or modify any of its parameters until you exit.
Create and save commonly used holes in a preset library. You can use these presets in future sessions of Mastercam. Mastercam converts hole dimensions stored in a preset library to the current units (inch to metric, or metric to inch)

The Solids Manager displays this function’s operations.

Mastercam 2019 New Solid Hole Function

Stay tuned to many more tips […]

By | July 9th, 2018|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Hot-swappable Media Cartridges from Desktop Metal

Hot-swappable media cartridges from Desktop Metal

Safe-to-handle, hot-swappable media cartridges have a push-to-release design for easy loading/unloading, while RFID-enabled supply monitoring prevents cross-contamination and ensures you never run out of material mid-print. In this video, Matt Barbati (Technical Trainer at Desktop Metal), gives an overview of the cartridge design and how it supports a seamless workflow for in-house metal 3D printing. Learn more by watching the video below.

By | July 6th, 2018|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Mastercam 2019 New Model Chamfer Toolpath

As of the latest Mastercam 2019 release, a new toolpath is available for 2D machining. The Model Chamfer toolpath allows you to machine safe horizontal chamfers on solid models. Model Chamfer supports the following:

  • Chamfer mill tool type
  • Solid edges and faces for Chain geometry
  • Surfaces, solids, and meshes for Avoidance model

Mastercam 2019 New Model Chamfer Toolpath

After selecting your Chain geometry, Model Chamfer has several unique parameters to further control the toolpath. You can enter a Side clearance for the Solid model, which is the distance away from the solid model you want the vertical part of your flute to clear. This option is set on the Toolpath Type page.

Mastercam 2019 New Model Chamfer Toolpath

On the Cut Parameters page, you can set a Chamfer width value allowing Mastercam to measure the width from the chained geometry adjusted by the cut depth defined on the Linking Parameters page. Use Top offset to define how far the full diameter of the tool is above the […]

By | July 2nd, 2018|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments
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