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 [...]

21 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Mate Controller

By | July 21st, 2017|

There is a great new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2017 that improves the Mate Controller tool. One of the benefits in creating assembly designs in CAD is the ability to simulate component motion. In CAD, you are able to define 3D motion constraints called Mates so that the part interaction resembles real-world motion – whether you [...]

14 07, 2017

What is Chip Load?

By | July 14th, 2017|

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 [...]

12 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Advanced Holes

By | July 12th, 2017|

Since as early as SolidWorks 2000, SolidWorks has had the Hole Wizard tool to quickly help you create a hole on your part with a predefined cross-section, based on the standard and sizes that you chose, but now there is a new tool in SolidWorks 2017 called Advanced Holes. This is useful when the hole [...]

28 06, 2017

Simultaneous Synchronized Scanning

By | June 28th, 2017|

This blog post is going to show you how to scan a mid-size part with tiny features. When scanning a model, you're usually faced with the decision of using a scanner that either has a large scan envelope and good resolution, or a scanner that has a small scan envelope with high resolution. But what [...]