20 11, 2017

Preventing Upcuts in Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

By | November 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

13 11, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Simulation Presentation Files

By | November 13th, 2017|

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 [...]

8 11, 2017

SolidWorks 2018 UI Enhancements

By | November 8th, 2017|

SolidWorks 2018 is now out to the public so let’s take a look at five new enhancements that will allow you to get better acquainted with the User Interface of this release. Right off the bat, when you start up SolidWorks, you’ll notice that there is a new Welcome Dialog Box. It’s a one-stop shop [...]

11 10, 2017

Using SolidWorks PMI for Final Inspection

By | October 11th, 2017|

Let’s discuss two pieces of software that work really well together in the 3D part inspection world: SolidWorks, and Control X. SolidWorks is one of the leading CAD tools in today’s design and manufacturing world. One of its advantages is that it offers you the opportunity to create a 3D annotated model. This can include [...]

20 09, 2017

Reverse Engineering a 3D Pipe

By | September 20th, 2017|

This blog article will illustrate how to extract the centerline of a 3D pipe with compound angles. Extracting the centerline of a 3D pipe that contains angles in 2 dimensions is not that complicated. However, when you have compound angles, and the tube is bending in the X, Y, and Z directions simultaneously, extracting the [...]

18 09, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Plane and View Systems Options

By | September 18th, 2017|

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 [...]

13 09, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 3D Offset on Curved Surfaces

By | September 13th, 2017|

There is new functionality in SolidWorks 2017 that allows you to offset 3D curves on a surface. Offsetting 2D geometry is very efficient. It allows you to quickly grab 2D geometry and create a same shape contour with a specified gap distance. However, when working with 3D sketches containing 3D curves, it’s not as simple. [...]

30 08, 2017

CMM Inspection without a Master Part

By | August 30th, 2017|

Have you ever needed to inspect parts in a CMM, without having a master part? Automated CMMs can be a great time saver when inspecting parts on the shop floor. Traditionally, a master part is measured to generate a master data set. The same routine is then automated and used to measure each production part. [...]