Mastercam is named the world’s most widely-used CAM software for the 23rd straight year, according to the latest analysis by CIMdata, Inc. With over 236,000 installed seats worldwide, Mastercam has almost twice the installed base of the closest competitor. “The large community of qualified Mastercam programmers presents a number of opportunities. As a manufacturer, if you’re looking to expand, you can find experienced talent, and as a programmer, you can always find a shop that uses Mastercam” says CNC Software President, Meghan West. CIMdata also recognized Mastercam’s global support network as the largest in the CAM world. “Our Mastercam Resellers continue to provide manufacturers with expert training, on-site support, and consulting to ensure production goals and deadlines are met,” West adds. Here at Cimquest, we do our very best to ensure the reputation of the Mastercam support. Industry-leading service and support from us ensures that you’ll get the most from your CAD/CAM investment. We are there for you every step of the way to help you increase your bottom line.
If you run into problems where your custom tool geometry in a DXF file is not accepted into the Tool Manager you should ensure that your customer tool geometry meets all the following criteria: Geometry must be drawn horizontally, in the upper two quadrants, at or above the X axis. No entities can have a negative Y value. Geometry must be flat (at Z0) in Top view. A closed profile of half the tool shape must be drawn. The cutting tool geometry must be: A closed shape On a level named CUT The shank geometry must be: A closed shape On a level named NOCUT (no spaces) To the left of the cutting tool For example, for this tool: Draw the geometry in the DXF file. To get this tool in the Tool Manager The same rule applies for tools in Mastercam and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up
There is an entirely new machining option in Mastercam for Solidworks. Now the functionality of Mastercam Router is available to be licensed in Mastercam for Solidworks. This gives you access to new toolpaths and design features. To see how this works we will open Solidworks and enable the Mastercam for Solidworks add-on. The Mastercam info center will appear to the right once the startup is complete. In the Tools menu, there is a Mastercam 2018 flyout and in there you will see the new machine type for Router. After you select the default machine the new machine group appears in the Toolpaths Manager. Now that the new product is active, you can browse the Mastercam Command Manager tab to explore the new functions. In addition to all the traditional and dynamic 2D, 3D, and multiaxis toolpath options, you now have dedicated paths like Block Drill and Saw toolpaths to support specialty tooling, as well as new design functions in the CAD tools menu for creating stair stringer and door panel geometry. As you can see, this new family of features brings even more familiar native Mastercam technology into Mastercam for Solidworks, helping increase its power and flexibility. Please be sure [...]
There are some great tools in Mastercam for repairing geometry. Spline Re-fit cleans up spline data resulting in smoother surfaces, Un-trim Spline returns a spline back to its untrimmed state, and a new Blend option adds more control to corner smoothing. If you analyze the properties of some splines you will notice the large number of controls points shown in the analysis box. These will translate directly into the topography of a lofted surface. However, if you select Wireframe/Modify/Re-fit Spline, then select those previous analyzed splines to re-fit, there will be a drastic reduction in the number of control points and the significant improvement in the lofted surface. If you have both the untrimmed original splines and trimmed versions it is now very easy to use the un-trim spline command to restore the original geometry. Also, if you create a spline from several separate curves, it is very easy to apply the new smoothing settings. Simply check the box indicated below to enable, then set your detection angle and blend distance. These new tools will help you achieve more accurate geometry, which will result in better toolpath. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series [...]
With the release of Mastercam 2018, Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud. The Mastercam MachiningCloud connection provides users access to MachiningCloud's cutting tool product data from within Mastercam. Mastercam customers now have direct access to complete and up-to-date cutting tool product data from leading cutting tool manufacturers available on MachiningCloud. With this new Mastercam MachiningCloud connection, Mastercam users will experience the following key benefits: Search for tools from multiple manufacturers quickly in one place. Access to manufacturer's expert cutting tool recommendations. Quickly filter a universe of possibilities down to an optimum solution for a given workpiece. Import the selected product data into Mastercam for programming. Utilize the 3D models for simulation and 2D drawings for documentation. For more information please view the short video below.
As part of our Foundations of Cutting Metal series, we are going to discuss Chip Load and Feed Per Tooth or Inch Per Tooth in relation to milling. Chip Load or Feed Per Tooth is the theoretical length of material that is fed into each cutting edge as it moves through the work material.Chip Load given by tool manufacturers is the distance the material is moved into the cutter at the centerline of the tool as each cutting edge rotates through to cut. It is a theoretical distance because other cutting factors like width of cut and cutting edge geometry affect the physical thickness of the chip so measuring the thickness of a chip with a caliper or micrometer will not give you the calculated chip load. It must be calculated from the actual cutting parameters. Why Should You Care About Chip Load? Chip Load affects 5 major areas of the machining process: As Chip Load increases or decreases it requires more or less force to shear the material being cut so it controls the amount of HP and torque that is being used. Too much Chip Load increases wear, leads to premature tool failure, rough finishes and draws more HP, torque and amperage thru [...]
Mastercam 2017 includes a great enhancement to the dynamic point and line normal functions. In previous versions, both tools were part of the same command and switching between them could be confusing. In Mastercam 2017 these functions have been separated into separate functions, which makes both Point Dynamic and Line Normal much easier to use. The dynamic point tool in Mastercam X9 is straightforward, but adjusting the controls for line normal involves several clicks and inputs. Opening the same file in Mastercam 2017 you will notice how the two commands are clearly separated. There are two separate areas where you will access Dynamic Point and Line Normal. Simply create points when you need or switch to the Line Normal command with a single click. This enhancement to the user interface for these commands makes both of these functions much more user-friendly. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up
Jaktool LLC is a customer of ours in Cranbury, NJ. They have a team of young inquisitive engineers that are investing the time to explore the full potential of their manufacturing software and machines to take on the complex jobs no one else wants. Using Mastercam CAD/CAM programming software from CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT), Jaktool is able to save setup times and tooling costs, and reduce cycle times, while delivering exceptional customer service to a diverse cross section of industries. A high-precision prototype technology company, Jaktool specializes in analytical services, manufacturing process development, and prototype manufacturing for the defense, medical, laboratory, and industrial markets, working with just about every type of material from plastics to high-nickel alloys, titanium, and stainless steel. About 50% of their work is for the military—supporting prototype weapon systems and ballistic hardware components for airborne, surface, and sub-surface applications. Jaktool’s team and president Jeff Kinsberg (center, foreground). Parts can be as small as 0.040″ (1-mm) rivets for an aerospace application or as large as 18″ (457 mm) in diameter for sub-surface applications. Prototype volumes run from one to 5000 pieces, with the average being 50 pieces. In the machine shop, about 65–70% of [...]