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20 11, 2017

Preventing Upcuts in Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

By | 2017-12-29T08:44:16+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a new enhancement to the dynamic turning toolpaths in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions of Mastercam, you had to be careful not to gouge the part with the tool holder. Now in Mastercam 2018, one simple checkbox and an adjustable clearance angle can help prevent upcut motions which fall outside the tools useable cutting angle. If we examine a toolpath in a previous version we can see that, based on the chained geometry, Mastercam will attempt to wrap the insert cutting edge around the entire machining area without regard to the exposed shank angle. This will cause a collision. Now, let’s examine the same toolpath in Mastercam 2018. Open the toolpath parameters and go to the second tab. Here you can see the new checkbox and button. If you click the Non-cutting Region button, you can clearly define the angle of engagement you want for the tool. If you simply check the Prevent Up-cutting box, the toolpath calculates clean with no collisions. It’s that easy. As you can see, this new enhancement makes an already useful tool even more flexible and dynamic. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips [...]

13 11, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Simulation Presentation Files

By | 2017-12-29T08:45:44+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There’s a new option in the Mastercam 2018 Simulator to save full 3D executable presentation files. In previous versions we could capture and save MP4 movies, but viewers could not change the capture perspective or zoom level. Now in Mastercam 2018, the presentation exe files are standalone files that can be run on any computer and they allow full flexibility of the 3D viewing environment. The file below is all set up and ready to go with part geometry, stock, and fixtures. There is also a toolpath ready to go in all three fixture locations. Set the Verify options for how to define the part, stock, and fixture geometry, then go to the Machine Simulation tab and select the machine that you want to see in full simulation mode. You can also edit the position options to bring everything in line with the machine table and then make just the part geometry level visible. Next, click the button to launch Mastercam Simulation. Here you can see the two new buttons on the home ribbon; the first labeled Simulation in the mode section to the right of Backplot and Verify. And the second labeled Save Presentation in the demonstration tools section [...]

6 11, 2017

Leveraging CAD/CAM Advances

By | 2017-12-12T10:09:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

reprint from MoldMaking Technology Often-overlooked software tools can enhance moldmaking business competitiveness. Mold builders have experienced difficult times as inexpensive labor enticed customers to look offshore in search of bargain pricing. This trend persisted even though many of these shoppers frequently paid hidden costs in terms of communications barriers, quality and leadtime challenges. In recent years, many of these issues have been resolved for manufacturers and U.S. mold builders who have established their own presence in distant locations. As time has passed, many of these distant suppliers have seen their own labor costs rise and the demand for higher quality increase. This has started to level the playing field to the point where North American mold builders and their customers are willing, once again, to factor the value of shorter leadtimes, reduced shipping costs and closer communications between designers and moldmaking engineers into their purchasing decisions. To stay in the game, mold builders everywhere must maximize the performance of their critical, skilled workforce and CNC equipment resources. Good CAD/CAM systems provide a surprising number of tools that can help mold builders do both. They provide so many, in fact, that busy users may lose sight of them. Check out this [...]

3 11, 2017

Sandvik Coromant CoroPlus® ToolLibrary

By | 2017-12-19T09:39:30+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

4 Simple Steps To Prepare and Import Your Tool Assemblies Finding the right tool information to build tool assemblies can be a daunting task. It usually involves searching through multiple sources and entering tool information manually. With the latest release of Mastercam 2018, you can now easily import tool assemblies through CoroPlus® ToolLibrary. The library provides access to a catalog of digital tools that you can browse through and pick from to build assemblies for use in Mastercam. This will help increase speed and security in CAM programming. Here’s how you can get started creating your assemblies: Using filter commands Using the filter commands, you can search through the digital catalog to find the right tools based on your parameters, and place them in your item library. The Sandvik Coromant catalog will come pre-installed, but you can add any supplier's ISO 13399 cutting tool catalog simply by following the instructions under Administration > Catalogs. Creating assemblies Once you’ve found the right tool, create an assembly by clicking the plus sign next to a selected tool. Add or change inserts, holders, and adaptors. The system will only let you assemble tools that fit together so you don’t have to guess which [...]

9 10, 2017

Mastercam MachiningCloud Connection

By | 2017-12-21T08:59:49+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

Searching for up-to-date, accurate tooling data can be a tedious, time-consuming task for CAM programmers. A myriad of websites, catalogs, and other sources are available for the task, but typically require manual entry methods that may result in data inaccuracies as your NC program takes shape. Every tooling manufacturer offers their own approach to making their product data available. It’s not only up to the user to find out if a tool is in stock, but equally important to ensure that its associated data files are comprehensive enough to get the job done right in Mastercam. The MachiningCloud application in Mastercam 2018 streamlines the entire experience, letting you quickly sift through its own cloud-based, digitized manufacturer catalogs with the latest inventory availability. Participating tooling manufacturers offer their product data through MachiningCloud, taking advantage of its dynamic search capabilities to narrow down tooling possibilities according to a product’s specifications. A growing list of manufacturers are already onboard, including the Kennametal Group, the IMC Group (Ingersoll, Iscar, TaeguTec), Mitsubishi, and others. With MachiningCloud’s native, cloud-based CAD and 3D viewer capabilities, users can review 3D models, build digital tooling assemblies on-the-fly, and package them into a single source, readable file format for use [...]

25 09, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Viewsheet Improvements

By | 2017-12-21T09:05:55+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There are several improvements to Viewsheets in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions, the Viewsheet tools could at times be hard to set up, but now in Mastercam 2018 the new Quick Add button makes them easy to create and the bookmark tools on the view ribbon help save changes quickly. Look in the configuration file to see all the settings that Viewsheets can capture. Viewsheets can be extremely helpful if you do multi-plane milling or multi-spindle turning, since they will capture the current states of all the parameters below for instant recall. If you want to setup some Viewsheets, simply click this Add button to create a new Viewsheet. For each instance, you can set the Graphics View, C and T planes, Visible Levels, and Entity Attributes that you want to be active when you recall the Viewsheets. Then, click the bookmark button show below on the view ribbon in the Viewsheets section to save the attributes. Note the new bookmark symbol that appears on the bottom of the screen. Finally, if you step through the Viewsheets in each file, you will see how they instantly make all the necessary changes. If you want to alter one, simply make the [...]

18 09, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Plane and View Systems Options

By | 2017-12-21T09:12:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There are some new options available in the plane and view systems of Mastercam 2018. In previous Mastercam versions, there were only seven default system planes and their corresponding graphics views available to choose from. Now in Mastercam 2018, two new selections have been added which can be picked instantly and they can also be commanded relative to a custom WCS or added in the relative creation menu. Let’s compare the plane managers of Mastercam2017 and Mastercam2018. The two new options in 2018 are labeled as reverse isometric and trimetric. If you right-click in the 2018 graphics screen you can also see the two new Gview options in this flyout menu extension. If you select one of the new views you can see the new perspectives they add relative to the geometry in this file. Since these options have been added both as actual planes and relative Gview commands the relative Gview command options will track to the active WCS. In this example, the world coordinates are not aligned with the active WCS, which is normal to the part, but by commanding them as Gviews, they will track perfectly to the part. And lastly, you can save new planes relative [...]

8 09, 2017

Learn All About Mastercam 2018

By | 2017-12-22T08:19:16+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

As with most modern computer applications, every year brings a new software version of Mastercam. At Cimquest, we host annual update meetings throughout our regions to help our customers understand all of the latest features of the new version. We’ve just added six new venues for September and you can find all of the info by clicking here. Aside from a look under the hood of the new software, the events will cover some new innovative toolpaths and methodology, including the PrimeTurning™ from Sandvik. Here’s a little recap of some of the Mastercam Rollouts that took place in June . . . Mastercam 2018 released in June and our Rollouts kicked off in Massachusetts at the Westford Regency hotel. At this full day event, we had a packed schedule featuring presentations and productive networking. The main presentations of “Whats New in Mastercam 2018” covered all of the new enhancements including Guided Chaining in Mill 2D, and the new solid and feature selection methods in Mill 3D. They also provided in-depth overviews on the new Multiaxis and Lathe features, along with Simulator and Tool Management. In addition to Mastercam content, Cimquest CEO Robert Hassold presented the Desktop Metal 3D Printer. This [...]

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