There are several improvements to Viewsheets in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions, the Viewsheet tools could at times be hard to set up, but now in Mastercam 2018 the new Quick Add button makes them easy to create and the bookmark tools on the view ribbon help save changes quickly. Look in the configuration file to see all the settings that Viewsheets can capture. Viewsheets can be extremely helpful if you do multi-plane milling or multi-spindle turning, since they will capture the current states of all the parameters below for instant recall. If you want to setup some Viewsheets, simply click this Add button to create a new Viewsheet. For each instance, you can set the Graphics View, C and T planes, Visible Levels, and Entity Attributes that you want to be active when you recall the Viewsheets. Then, click the bookmark button show below on the view ribbon in the Viewsheets section to save the attributes. Note the new bookmark symbol that appears on the bottom of the screen. Finally, if you step through the Viewsheets in each file, you will see how they instantly make all the necessary changes. If you want to alter one, simply make the [...]
There are some new options available in the plane and view systems of Mastercam 2018. In previous Mastercam versions, there were only seven default system planes and their corresponding graphics views available to choose from. Now in Mastercam 2018, two new selections have been added which can be picked instantly and they can also be commanded relative to a custom WCS or added in the relative creation menu. Let’s compare the plane managers of Mastercam2017 and Mastercam2018. The two new options in 2018 are labeled as reverse isometric and trimetric. If you right-click in the 2018 graphics screen you can also see the two new Gview options in this flyout menu extension. If you select one of the new views you can see the new perspectives they add relative to the geometry in this file. Since these options have been added both as actual planes and relative Gview commands the relative Gview command options will track to the active WCS. In this example, the world coordinates are not aligned with the active WCS, which is normal to the part, but by commanding them as Gviews, they will track perfectly to the part. And lastly, you can save new planes relative [...]
As with most modern computer applications, every year brings a new software version of Mastercam. At Cimquest, we host annual update meetings throughout our regions to help our customers understand all of the latest features of the new version. We’ve just added six new venues for September and you can find all of the info by clicking here. Aside from a look under the hood of the new software, the events will cover some new innovative toolpaths and methodology, including the PrimeTurning™ from Sandvik. Here’s a little recap of some of the Mastercam Rollouts that took place in June . . . Mastercam 2018 released in June and our Rollouts kicked off in Massachusetts at the Westford Regency hotel. At this full day event, we had a packed schedule featuring presentations and productive networking. The main presentations of “Whats New in Mastercam 2018” covered all of the new enhancements including Guided Chaining in Mill 2D, and the new solid and feature selection methods in Mill 3D. They also provided in-depth overviews on the new Multiaxis and Lathe features, along with Simulator and Tool Management. In addition to Mastercam content, Cimquest CEO Robert Hassold presented the Desktop Metal 3D Printer. This [...]
Mastercam is named the world’s most widely-used CAM software for the 23rd straight year, according to the latest analysis by CIMdata, Inc. With over 236,000 installed seats worldwide, Mastercam has almost twice the installed base of the closest competitor. “The large community of qualified Mastercam programmers presents a number of opportunities. As a manufacturer, if you’re looking to expand, you can find experienced talent, and as a programmer, you can always find a shop that uses Mastercam” says CNC Software President, Meghan West. CIMdata also recognized Mastercam’s global support network as the largest in the CAM world. “Our Mastercam Resellers continue to provide manufacturers with expert training, on-site support, and consulting to ensure production goals and deadlines are met,” West adds. Here at Cimquest, we do our very best to ensure the reputation of the Mastercam support. Industry-leading service and support from us ensures that you’ll get the most from your CAD/CAM investment. We are there for you every step of the way to help you increase your bottom line.
If you run into problems where your custom tool geometry in a DXF file is not accepted into the Tool Manager you should ensure that your customer tool geometry meets all the following criteria: Geometry must be drawn horizontally, in the upper two quadrants, at or above the X axis. No entities can have a negative Y value. Geometry must be flat (at Z0) in Top view. A closed profile of half the tool shape must be drawn. The cutting tool geometry must be: A closed shape On a level named CUT The shank geometry must be: A closed shape On a level named NOCUT (no spaces) To the left of the cutting tool For example, for this tool: Draw the geometry in the DXF file. To get this tool in the Tool Manager The same rule applies for tools in Mastercam and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. 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
There is an entirely new machining option in Mastercam for Solidworks. Now the functionality of Mastercam Router is available to be licensed in Mastercam for Solidworks. This gives you access to new toolpaths and design features. To see how this works we will open Solidworks and enable the Mastercam for Solidworks add-on. The Mastercam info center will appear to the right once the startup is complete. In the Tools menu, there is a Mastercam 2018 flyout and in there you will see the new machine type for Router. After you select the default machine the new machine group appears in the Toolpaths Manager. Now that the new product is active, you can browse the Mastercam Command Manager tab to explore the new functions. In addition to all the traditional and dynamic 2D, 3D, and multiaxis toolpath options, you now have dedicated paths like Block Drill and Saw toolpaths to support specialty tooling, as well as new design functions in the CAD tools menu for creating stair stringer and door panel geometry. As you can see, this new family of features brings even more familiar native Mastercam technology into Mastercam for Solidworks, helping increase its power and flexibility. Please be sure [...]
There are some great tools in Mastercam for repairing geometry. Spline Re-fit cleans up spline data resulting in smoother surfaces, Un-trim Spline returns a spline back to its untrimmed state, and a new Blend option adds more control to corner smoothing. If you analyze the properties of some splines you will notice the large number of controls points shown in the analysis box. These will translate directly into the topography of a lofted surface. However, if you select Wireframe/Modify/Re-fit Spline, then select those previous analyzed splines to re-fit, there will be a drastic reduction in the number of control points and the significant improvement in the lofted surface. If you have both the untrimmed original splines and trimmed versions it is now very easy to use the un-trim spline command to restore the original geometry. Also, if you create a spline from several separate curves, it is very easy to apply the new smoothing settings. Simply check the box indicated below to enable, then set your detection angle and blend distance. These new tools will help you achieve more accurate geometry, which will result in better toolpath. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series [...]
With the release of Mastercam 2018, Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud. The Mastercam MachiningCloud connection provides users access to MachiningCloud's cutting tool product data from within Mastercam. Mastercam customers now have direct access to complete and up-to-date cutting tool product data from leading cutting tool manufacturers available on MachiningCloud. With this new Mastercam MachiningCloud connection, Mastercam users will experience the following key benefits: Search for tools from multiple manufacturers quickly in one place. Access to manufacturer's expert cutting tool recommendations. Quickly filter a universe of possibilities down to an optimum solution for a given workpiece. Import the selected product data into Mastercam for programming. Utilize the 3D models for simulation and 2D drawings for documentation. For more information please view the short video below.