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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 [...]

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 [...]

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