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15 05, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Create Curves Enhancements

By | 2017-05-15T08:44:57+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In Mastercam 2018, toggling the CPlane 2D/3D construction mode enables different construction modes for Curve One Edge and Curve All Edges. Setting the construction mode to 2D creates geometry parallel to the current CPlane at a designated Z depth. This eliminates the extra steps that were required to project the 3D geometry to the defined CPlane. Mastercam has added a feature to automatically select tangent solid edges. Holding down the [Shift] key and clicking an edge selects all tangent edges at once. This makes it fast and easy to select small features in complicated parts, without having to repeatedly zoom in and out. Wireframe / Curve All Edges also includes several new features to simplify your workflow. With Face Selection automatically enabled, the [Shift] + [Click] option makes it easy to select all tangent faces with just one click. Curve On All Edges has two new options, which make it easier for you to create tool containment boundaries using curves. Selecting Ignore Shared Edges removes the inside geometry created from the tangent faces, leaving a clean perimeter. In addition, you can remove any geometry inside the outer curves. Choosing Only Outside Loops removes all inner geometry. These powerful features speed your [...]

1 05, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Analyze Toolpath

By | 2017-05-01T08:51:14+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There’s a new utility in Mastercam 2017 called Analyze Toolpath that helps you investigate what is happening at any point in your tool path. This feature is available in both Mastercam and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. In the standalone version of Mastercam you’ll want to make sure you're on the Home tab and then you can head to the Analyze section to take a look at Analyze Toolpaths. This works very similarly in Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. You’ll want to make sure that you’re on the Mastercam2017 tab . . . And then you can expand your toolpath from which you can launch Analyze Toolpath. Now, with a toolpath displayed on the screen, the moment we touch it we get some features on the screen. The important things to note here are the blue arrow which shows us what we're looking at exactly where we are. We get a red and green full arrow showing us the start and end of the toolpath, and as we move along we will see some little red and green arrowheads. These show the start of the motion and end of the motion and if you move your mouse over them it gives you the exact [...]

24 04, 2017

Mastercam Supports Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning™ Method

By | 2017-04-24T08:42:15+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

Partnering with Sandvik Coromant, Mastercam 2018 adds automated toolpath support for the new PrimeTurning™ method and CoroTurn® Prime tools. Mastercam's new toolpath strategy takes full advantage of CoroTurn Prime tool's ability to turn in all directions and provides the control you need to achieve the highest material removal rates possible while doubling tool life. The combination of tool design and toolpath strategies integrated into Mastercam 2018 ensures lower cycle times, significantly higher productivity, and lower production costs. Mastercam 2018 provides specialized, automated strategies for CoroTurn® Prime A-type and B-type tools providing full control of toolpath and cutting directions, lead in and lead out, plus management of speeds and feeds based on tested PrimeTurning specifications. Whether performing rough, finish, or profiling with the CoroTurn® Prime A-type insert or heavy roughing with the B-Type insert, Mastercam 2018 helps you achieve the maximum material removal rate and the highest level of productivity possible. It's not just a new tool, it's a totally new way of turning. The Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning™ method, coupled with CoroTurn® Prime tools, is a new turning concept that allows you to perform turning operations in all directions resulting in unprecedented productivity gains. Running at double the speed and feed of [...]

17 04, 2017

Protect Your Mastercam Investment

By | 2017-04-17T09:08:32+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

With the upcoming release of Mastercam 2018, you will no longer be able to update or receive support for your copy of Mastercam X6. If you update now, you have the opportunity for dramatic savings and revolutionary, industry-changing new technologies! Mastercam X6 was released nearly five years ago. Although it still gets the job done, you are missing out on dramatic advances across the entire Mastercam family, including our breakthrough Dynamic Motion Technology: Thousands of existing users have already taken advantage of the new technology introduced in Mastercam since X6 was released. See what you are missing by updating right away! Contact us today by clicking the button below. [button link="mailto:sales@cimquest-inc.com" color="default" size="" stretch="" type="" shape="" target="_self" title="" gradient_colors="|" gradient_hover_colors="|" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" bevel_color="" border_width="1px" icon="" icon_divider="yes" icon_position="left" modal="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" alignment="left" class="" id=""]Contact Us[/button]    

13 03, 2017

Upcoming Mastercam Training Classes

By | 2017-03-13T09:50:35+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Training|0 Comments

Could you or your employees use some Mastercam Training? With new versions coming out every year it can be very difficult to keep up with all the latest enhancements and improvements without occasionally taking some training classes and Cimquest has you covered. Throughout the rest of this month we have some great options covering three different topics in three different locations. Please see below for the available options. And don’t despair if your desired class is not being offered in your desired location. We have a constant stream of class options in all of our office locations. Just click the button at the bottom of this article for more options. Lathe Essentials - MA, March 16-17 Learn Mastercam tools and techniques specific to CNC lathe operations. Get in-depth information regarding lathe toolpaths, including facing and grooving operations, stock transfer, and an introduction to C-axis machining. Learn how to use lathe tool libraries, create new tools, and use those tools to quickly and accurately turn new components. Mill 3 Axis - HBG PA, March 20-22 Learn to create and edit complex surfaces and curves, and then machine them using a variety of efficient toolpaths. Single and multiple surface machining is discussed. [...]

6 03, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Function Manager Tabs

By | 2017-03-06T10:21:47+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In Mastercam 2017 you can modify the Function Manager Tabs to personalize your Mastercam interface. For instance, you can quickly shift it from bottom to top and turn on the large icon display option for the managers. In previous versions, the Function Manager Tabs were on the top edge by default but this was changed in the later X versions. Also, while there was an option for large icons on the toolbars that option did not affect the Function Managers. Now in Mastercam 2017, you can move the Manager Tabs to top or bottom and turn on large icon display in the function managers. In the following example, notice that all the managers are docked together in their default location. If you move your cursor towards the top left corner of the screen and click the File tab you will enter the Backstage area. From there click Options at the bottom of the column to the left and when the customize options window opens, click on the fourth topic labeled Options. Now move the cursor into the Manager Panels area and click the box labeled Top. Note the text in parentheses stating that a restart is required for these changes to [...]

27 02, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Public Beta Now Available

By | 2017-02-27T09:58:52+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

Mastercam wants your feedback The next generation of Mastercam, named Mastercam 2018, is open for Public Beta testing to all currently maintained Mastercam customers. The Beta release can be downloaded and will be supported through the Mastercam Customer Forum, which is staffed with CNC applications engineers, posts writers, technical support, software developers, and QC engineers. As they collect feedback and make changes, they will make further updates available via the forum. Here are just a few of the things you'll see in the Mastercam 2018 Beta: New 2D/3D Milling Features improve toolpath efficiency and control with variable stock to leave, feed rate control, undercut support, and stock awareness enhancements. Design Improvements simplify CAD for CAM and deliver greater practical design tools for shop-floor programmers. Mastercam 2018 provides improved model creation tools, expanded Undo support, and streamlines editing of models and assemblies. Expanded CAD for CAM delivers more practical design tools for shop-floor  programmers. Mastercam 2018 speeds design for items such as molds and electrode tools, offers auto-repair on imported solids and improves current tools such as Solid Disassemble. Machine Cloud and CoroPlus support improves tool management, creation, and use of tool assemblies and parameters. Streamlined workflow with improved plane management, level [...]

13 02, 2017

What is Surface Feet per Minute – Cimquest 2 Minute Tuesday

By | 2017-02-13T17:52:32+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: 2 Minute Tuesdays, CQTV, Mastercam, Technology|0 Comments

http://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/3c51q65nhw?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Foundations of Metal Cutting Series - In this video, we explain Surface Feet per Minute along with tips on how to optimally run SFM in your machining jobs. [separator style_type="single" top_margin="10" bottom_margin="5" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""]

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