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16 07, 2018

Mastercam 2019 Install Tips

By | 2018-07-16T08:37:25+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

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 Mastercam.com and download the install media. 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. 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. 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. Click Done at the bottom of the screen when you are finished and press next on the return screen. Lastly, You need to select Yes on the license agreement page in order to start the install. A series of progress reporting screens will be shown showing any prerequisites that are being installed, then on to the installation [...]

9 07, 2018

Mastercam 2019 New Solid Hole Function

By | 2018-07-09T07:10:37+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

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. 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. Stay tuned to many more tips and tricks on Mastercam 2019 and for more information about Mastercam CAD/CAM products, please click the button below. More Info

2 07, 2018

Mastercam 2019 New Model Chamfer Toolpath

By | 2018-07-02T08:36:30+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

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 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. 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 top rail of the chamfer and use Bottom offset to define how far the tip of the tool is from the bottom of the chamfer. Select Model Chamfer from the 2D gallery in the Mill Toolpaths contextual tab. Stay tuned to many more tips and [...]

18 06, 2018

Mastercam 2019 Advanced Toolpath Display

By | 2018-06-18T08:32:58+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2019 now displays toolpaths with different colors, based on the move type. The following image depicts a part with a Dynamic OptiRough toolpath, with Advanced Display toggled on. This is unavailable for Wire toolpaths. If Advanced Display is not toggled on, Mastercam displays only cutting motion and rapid motion in different colors. Change the display state by selecting Advanced Display on the View tab. Set these colors in the System Configuration dialog box on the Advanced Toolpath Display page, which is located under Colors. You can also set colors by selecting the dialog box-launcher for Advanced Display. You can also change the line style, line width, and other attributes. For drill toolpaths, you can set the color, line style, and line width of the drill tool diameter. Use the drop-down menu to display different sections of the toolpath. For example, if you deselect Exit Motion, then any exit motion does not display in the graphics window. You can also toggle the display from the Toolpaths Manager. Classic Backplot and Mastercam Simulator display the customized toolpath colors if the Advanced Display toggle is on. If it is not, the default colors display. Stay tuned to many more tips and tricks [...]

11 06, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Undo-Redo for Model Prep

By | 2018-06-11T08:36:14+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new enhancement to the solid direct editing tools. In previous versions of Mastercam any changes made with model prep could not be undone. Now, up to twenty-five steps can be rolled back or forward using controls completely independent from the main Undo/Redo commands. If you have some toolpaths already programmed on a part you will see the standard Undo/Redo arrows on the quick access toolbar as shown below . . . . . . as well as the model prep specific ones shown here in the Solids Manager. Now, let’s say you use the Push/Pull and Position to alter the part and fixturing models. Then you change the slot depths on the part and move some of the holes. You will notice that the Undo arrow on the Solids tab becomes active. You can make similar changes to the clamps and reposition the nuts using the position layout tool and then as you step back and forth in the Solids Undo, you can see how the edits to the model are affected. Undo Redo However, please note that the positioning of the clamp nuts is affected by the main Undo/Redo command set. Only [...]

4 06, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Seam Control

By | 2018-05-22T08:21:07+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new enhancement to the positional transform in Mastercam 2018 called Roll. Seam control integrates a new dynamic gnomon and an on-screen seam position indicator to help make your results more predictable. On the screen below you can see two lines of text that need to be engraved on the outside of the part around the 12 o’clock position. Since we are unsure where the text will end up when its rolled we can use the seam control to adjust the position. Next, go to the Transform Ribbon and select the Roll icon in the position group. When the chaining box appears, select Window Chaining and window the first line of text. When the chaining is complete the new controls appear on the screen. Now you can use the handles on the rotation gnomon to adjust the wrapped geometry position. A translucent cylinder indicates the rolled diameter. Two bright yellow lines show the rotation axis and seam for the rolled patch. Any adjustments you make are previewed instantly and you can snap to any point in space, an increment on the angle dial, or any reference geometry. The end result is your geometry in place so that you [...]

25 05, 2018

Rego-Fix PowRgrip Tool Holders

By | 2018-05-18T09:18:44+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

As we continued our training and application experience here at Cimquest to apply Mastercam Dynamic toolpaths, we ran into several issues, some big ones being the ability to hold a tool when power cutting and maximizing tool life when speed cutting. First let’s explain what power and speed cutting is. Power cutting is cutting at more than 50% tool diameter and 1.5 to 2 times depth using traditional type speeds and feed to maximize metal removal rate. This places a large amount of torque against the tool, which wants to pull the tool out of the holder because of the flute helix. Speed cutting is the opposite, small step over at up to 6 times tool diameter depth at very high chip loads and SFM to take advantage of radial chip thinning. This high rpm and feed can increase tool runout and in turn reduces tool life. One of the best solutions we found is the Rego-Fix powRgrip system. The powRgrip system uses hydraulic pressure to press fit the tool in the collet into the holder all of which is super precise in size, location and surface finish. The press fit gives excellent grip strength to hold the tool and [...]

23 05, 2018

Differences Between Scan-Based and CAD-Based Neutral Files

By | 2018-05-22T16:47:11+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Scan-based files involve cleaning up the scan, optimizing the mesh quality, and ensuring that the scanned mesh is watertight. At this point we can generate the neutral file based on this processed scan data. CAD-based is bit more labor intensive. It involves interrogating the mesh, creating CAD sketches and CAD features and fitting them to match the scanned data. Once the scanned data has been recreated as CAD data, we can then generate the neutral file based on the final CAD geometry. Let’s analyze the differences between the two. The main difference between these two approaches is that a CAD-based neutral file is able to preserve the true geometric features of the scanned part. This means that a cylinder would remain a true cylinder. The same would apply for planar faces, cones, and spheres. This would allow you to create and leverage construction geometry, such as planes, axes, and faces. Being a true CAD shape, any sharp edges on the original part would also be preserved. In summary, if you are looking to preserve geometric features, use the file for 2-axis machining on prismatic parts, or plan on modifying a neutral file in CAD, a CAD-based neutral file would be [...]

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