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11 09, 2023

Updating Your Mastercam Software Licenses

By |2023-09-11T08:25:14-04:00September 11th, 2023|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam Software License Issues and Advice A few years ago, Mastercam made the move to software licensing. With this change from hardware license devices, there are a few things to know when working with the new style licenses. Updating your Mastercam software license is a completely different process compared to what was previously done with the hardware keys. You will no longer be given a code file to update the license. Instead, you will receive [...]

5 09, 2023

Metrology Minute – Airfoil Analysis

By |2023-09-05T09:10:44-04:00September 5th, 2023|Categories: Metrology Minute, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Exporting Airfoil Analysis Data to a Spreadsheet Using Control X When working with Control X, you often find yourself needing the data that is generated by the software to be exported in a usable form rather than just a static report. In this post, we are going to show you how we analyzed a machined airfoil. Using this machined airfoil below as an example, suppose we wanted to analyze its contour directly at the end [...]

7 06, 2023

How to Remove Xact Metal DMLS Supports

By |2023-06-07T09:01:16-04:00June 7th, 2023|Categories: Tech Tips, XactMetal|0 Comments

This blog post will cover how to remove Xact Metal Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) supports from completed 3P-printed parts. It will explain the process of safely and effectively separating supports from the build plate, removing supports from your metal 3D-printed part, and cleaning up support touchpoints. You will first need to have the necessary tools ready, including a cutting tool such as a bandsaw or hacksaw to separate the part from the build plate [...]

15 05, 2023

Using the Mastercam 2023 Apply Button

By |2023-05-15T08:32:17-04:00May 15th, 2023|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new Apply button feature available in Mastercam’s Mill toolpaths that allows you to preview cutting motion, resulting in streamlined toolpath creation. In the past, when programming options like multi-passes, you needed to take an educated guess at the number of passes required to cover the area we were machining. In Mastercam 2022, you were able to use the Preview Toolpath button to see the cutting motion before exiting the dialogue. Now, in [...]

14 11, 2022

Benefits to Upgrading Mastercam 2D Mill or Router 3D

By |2022-11-14T08:15:03-05:00November 14th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

What are the benefits of upgrading a 2D mill or router seat to 3D? The Mastercam products referred to as 2D and single surface 3D allow some limited 3D machining, however, they can be updated at any time. This upgrade is referred to as Multi-surface 3D and it adds significant capabilities beyond just the multiple-surface 3D machining capability including: Stock awareness that prevents wasted time in “air cuts” Multi-thread processing for efficient multi-tasking Seamless integration [...]

7 11, 2022

Mastercam 2023 Color Mapping in Verify

By |2022-11-07T08:14:57-05:00November 7th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2023 now gives you choices for mapping colors identically or independently in the main interface and the Mastercam Simulator often referred to as Mastercam Verify. In previous versions of Mastercam, color mapping in the main interface was completely independent of the Simulator and was also tied to the simple 256-color palette of Windows. However, the Simulator uses the HTML color palette which, while it supports many more color definitions, uses a different naming convention [...]

31 10, 2022

Mastercam 2023 Includes Unsharp Edges in Multiaxis Deburr

By |2022-10-31T08:19:32-04:00October 31st, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new feature in the Mastercam 2023 Multiaxis Deburr toolpath that allows you to more easily program your models. Typically, when using the deburr toolpath, you would need to modify your models to remove the modeled chamfers in order to program to a sharp corner. Now, with the latest Mastercam release, there is a new option available when using automatic edge detection called Include Unsharp Edges. Here’s how to use it. In the [...]

24 10, 2022

New Mastercam Tool Axis Control Strategy

By |2022-10-24T08:47:06-04:00October 24th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This blog post will cover a new Mastercam 2023 Tool Axis Control strategy for the multiaxis toolpaths called Tilt Relative to Reference Surface. In previous versions of Mastercam, you needed to utilize the Clean Core machining method to achieve this style of tool axis control. This meant creating a simplified surface under the part to drive the tool axis control and then offsetting the toolpath using a collision control strategy. This added a substantial amount [...]

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