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17 06, 2019

How to Install Mastercam 2020

By |2019-06-17T08:13:17-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Mastercam 2020 was released and today we are going to show you how to Install Mastercam 2020 and Mastercam for Solidworks 2020. We will be using the full install zip file which you can get from the Mastercam downloads page. After you download and unzip the installation media, right-click on the setup.exe file, select Run as Administrator. Next, click the button that corresponds with the product that you want to install. This article will show both installs – Standalone Mastercam on the left, and Mastercam for Solidworks on the right. On the first screen check [...]

3 06, 2019

Mastercam Add-in Functions Part 2

By |2019-06-03T08:39:02-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

We recently covered some of the new Add-in functions in Mastercam 2019, but today we would like to explain even more of them. In previous versions of Mastercam, these functions were referred to as C-Hooks or Net hooks. They can be used to customize, enhance, or extend Mastercam’s basic functionality. In many cases, popular functions have become integrated directly into the main program. The Mastercam Help file provides extensive information about the Add-ins and a complete list with descriptions of the more than forty Add-in functions included at install. This article will take a brief look at three of them: [...]

20 05, 2019

New Mastercam Model Chamfer Toolpath

By |2019-05-10T08:50:10-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

A new Mastercam toolpath is now available for 2D machining. The Model Chamfer toolpath allows you to machine safe horizontal chamfers on solid models. Model Chamfer only 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 [...]

13 05, 2019

Trend Analysis in Geomagic Control X

By |2019-05-13T09:33:18-04:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we will discuss how to analyze various trends of inspection results. The non-contact inspection world is ever growing. More and more companies are using metrology grade scanners to inspect their product. This allows them to utilize the scans and check geometric dimensions and tolerances, extract 3D deviation color maps, and quickly generate full-color 2D and 3D PDFs. But what if you wanted to take this even further and analyze trends based on your inspection results? This is exactly what Geomagic Control X software is able to do. Shown above is a GoPro mount that we designed in-house, and the [...]

6 05, 2019

Mastercam Add-In Functions

By |2019-05-06T08:36:31-04:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today, we are going to cover some of the Add-In functions supplied with Mastercam 2109. In previous versions of Mastercam, these were referred to as C-hooks, or Net hooks. These Add-Ins can be used to customize, enhance, or extend Mastercam’s basic functionality. In many cases, popular functions have become integrated directly into the main program. The Help file provides extensive information about Add-Ins and a complete list with descriptions of the more than forty Add-in functions included at install. This article will take a brief look at three of them; Points to Arcs, Drill Point, and Sort Circles. In this [...]

22 04, 2019

Edit on the Fly with Mastercam Model Prep

By |2019-04-22T08:34:08-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

We have come a long way since writing G-code manually, shaving hours off of programming and machine time. But, every now and then, even a solid model can take valuable time to modify, especially if the solid was imported from a CAD system that is not directly compatible with the CAM software. The clock ticks loudly when you need to create a whole new wireframe or solid to perform a minor tweak that should take minutes. Recognizing this, CNC Software has incorporated features into Mastercam X7 that allow for the direct editing of solid models in Mastercam Solids and continue [...]

15 04, 2019

Mastercam 2019 High Performance Graphics Card Setup

By |2019-04-15T08:39:54-04:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we are going to discuss how to properly set up your PC to use a high-performance graphics card. If not plugged into the High-performance card, your Mastercam software might seem a bit slow, sluggish, or worse, it may crash either during startup or when you are using the software. Overall, Mastercam is a graphics intense application that requires more power than what the onboard graphics can provide. Using high-performance graphics cards helps the software run smooth. The first thing you should do is look at the back of your computer tower. There are a few different options to plug [...]

20 03, 2019

Import Organic Shapes into CAD – Part 3

By |2019-03-20T09:21:19-04:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, 3D Scanning, 3d Scanning & Reverse Engineering, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This post is Part 3 of the topic: Leverage and import organic shapes into CAD and today we will introduce you to Generative Design. In previous posts, we briefly discussed the value of having the ability to capture organic shapes for use in CAD design. To illustrate this process, scanned our engineer’s hand and then integrated that scan into CAD in order to design a rotating Nespresso Pod holder. Now, we will finalize the CAD design phase by using Fusion's Generative Design, to assist us during the model creation process. By now, the Nespresso pod holder is almost complete. The [...]

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