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29 08, 2022

Mastercam 2023 Slot Mill Enhancements

By |2022-08-29T08:19:52-04:00August 29th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In this article, we will introduce a significant upgrade in Mastercam 2023,  the  Slot Mill toolpath. In previous versions of Mastercam, Slot Mill was only capable of processing very limited shapes. When you selected the Slot Mill toolpath and the chain of the profile to be machined, the oblong chain geometry generated the path with no problems. However, if you tried any of the other similar shapes you would get a warning message that says [...]

22 08, 2022

Mastercam 2023 OptiRough Rest Roughing

By |2022-08-22T08:19:23-04:00August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2023 includes an exciting new upgrade of the OptiRough toolpath. Rest Material now supports enhanced stock awareness in the Z-axis. In previous versions, Rest Material would ignore some aspects of the defined stock, but now, the stock option makes OptiRough Rest milling far more stock aware. You will notice a new stock option under Steep/Shallow. This new option allows you to choose if you want to reference the material above or below the part [...]

8 08, 2022

Mastercam 2023 Solid Position Model Prep Tool

By |2022-08-08T08:52:56-04:00August 8th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new model prep tool in Mastercam 2023 called Solid Position and it is used to assemble parts in a fixture. In previous versions of Mastercam, assembling fixtures was a tedious process that required using the Transform tools to specifically position each piece of the fixture without any awareness of the neighboring solids. Now, in Mastercam 2023, you can use the new Solid Position tool to simply drag the target solid until it [...]

11 04, 2022

Mastercam 3D High Speed Waterline Toolpath Enhancements

By |2022-04-11T08:36:43-04:00April 11th, 2022|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2022 includes some handy new 3D High-Speed Waterline tool path enhancements for spiral patterns, new contour directions, machining flat areas, and optimizing the cut order. Machining with a Spiral Pattern and New Contour Directions The Cut Method drop-down on the Cut Parameters page has been replaced with the Closed contour direction and Open contour direction drop-downs. These new drop-downs allow you to create more efficient cutting motion and include reduced retracts on open contours. [...]

22 03, 2021

Controlling Tool Motion in Mastercam High Speed Raster Toolpaths

By |2021-03-22T08:26:13-04:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Let’s explore some different methods to control tool motion in the Mastercam High Speed Raster Toolpaths. In this example, we are going to use the Mastercam High Speed Raster toolpath to finish the top face of the angle and radius on the part shown below. Looking at the stock model you will notice that the part is roughed out and ready to be finished. We will start by launching the Raster toolpath from the 3D [...]

1 03, 2021

Applying Accelerated Finishing in Mastercam 3-axis Machining

By |2021-03-01T08:47:01-05:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This blog post will explain how to apply accelerated finishing concepts in Mastercam 3-axis machining. Let’s explore a new method for machining the radius on the top edge of the sample part below. Traditionally there are two options to machine a radius like this, contouring with an exact size radius form tool or 3D machining with a ball end mill. Both options have their pros and cons. Having a large collection of radius tools can [...]

15 02, 2021

How to Use Mastercam Reflow UV Tools

By |2021-02-15T08:17:59-05:00February 15th, 2021|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This blog post will explain how to use the new Mastercam 2021 Reflow UV tool. The Reflow UV tool allows you to fully redefine the flow of a single surface by specifying a rotation angle or using boundary curves. Let’s take a look at how we can use this powerful new surface tool to improve tool motion and eliminate unnecessary retract moves in our UV-driven surface toolpaths. We created a flowline toolpath on each of [...]

8 02, 2021

Creating Mastercam Custom Tool Databases

By |2021-02-08T08:37:29-05:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This article will cover how to create custom tool databases for use in Mastercam Mill part files. An efficient method of programming in Mastercam is to create custom tool libraries. For specific machines or based on common materials being used in the shop, Feeds and Speeds can be preprogrammed in the library based on the materials as well as the capabilities of the machine. One of the simplest methods for creating a custom tool database [...]

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