Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

In today’s blog post we will take a look at a new utility added to Mastercam 2021 called Check Tool Reach.

Check Tool Reach can be accessed through the toolpaths menu after a machine is loaded into the file. This utility is used to scan a part model and see if the selected tool has the ability to reach all the features you would want to machine. Using this utility, you can create STL geometry of the result of the scan.

Let’s explore how this works. To begin, you should create a level to save your results to.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

Then you can launch the utility form the toolpaths tab, by selecting Check Tool Reach.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

Once you select a target body to scan, you can manually define a tool, or a better option would be to select a tool assembly from your tool library.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

In this example, we selected a ¼” tool used for finishing. Since this was a predefined assembly we checked against the defined holder.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach
Clicking on the Preview button will display the results of the scan.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach
In this case, all reachable areas are shown in the teal blue and areas that cannot be reached by the tool definition will be shown in red. Areas that cannot be reached due to the holder and the assembly information will be shown in brown.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

If you wish to save the results, check the Create Polygonal Mesh box.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

When you hit the green check to complete the operation your mesh will be created and saved to the level we created earlier. Saving the results will allow you to review them and compare to other scans you may create.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

This utility gives you the chance to see if the tooling you have selected can do all the work you need it to, or if a change in tooling is needed.

Mastercam 2021 New Check Tool Reach

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