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. [...]

21 08, 2017

Defining Custom Tools in DXF Files for Tool Manager

By | August 21st, 2017|

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 [...]

7 08, 2017

Mastercam for SolidWorks Router Now Available

By | August 7th, 2017|

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 [...]

31 07, 2017

Mastercam Guided Solid Chaining

By | July 31st, 2017|

There is a new enhancement to the Mastercam chaining system called Guided Solid Chaining. In previous versions you would have to carefully pick your way along a complex chain to get the correct branches in 3D wireframe or in the Linked Edge Solid Chaining mode. Now, in Mastercam 2018, the new Guided Chaining feature is [...]

24 07, 2017

Mastercam Spline Editing

By | July 24th, 2017|

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 [...]