26 06, 2017

Mastercam Dynamic Point & Line Normal Functions

By | June 26th, 2017|

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. [...]

24 05, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Multiple Start Threads

By | May 24th, 2017|

Today we are going to talk about the enhanced functionality to the Thread feature in SolidWorks 2017, mainly using multiple start threads. There are various reasons why someone might use threads with multiple starts. The main one is that it allows the lead distance of a thread to be increased, without changing its pitch. This [...]

15 05, 2017

Mastercam 2018 Create Curves Enhancements

By | May 15th, 2017|

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 [...]

1 05, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Analyze Toolpath

By | May 1st, 2017|

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 [...]

10 04, 2017

Improving Aesthetics of a Scanned Mesh

By | April 10th, 2017|

In this blog post we will discuss how to improve the quality of your STL to produce better 3D Printed parts. The STL, or Stereo Lithography file format, is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D Printing, and CAM. An STL file describes the surface geometry of a 3D object by triangulating the vertices on each [...]

7 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert Features to Bodies and Surfaces

By | April 7th, 2017|

There is new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017called Convert to Bodies, that allows you to remove the feature history in a part, while retaining geometric references in the assembly. This new feature comes in handy if you have a simple assembly and you want it to one of your manufacturers, but don’t want to share the feature [...]

5 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Patterns and Features UI

By | April 5th, 2017|

In today’s blog post we are going to introduce three new enhancements to Parts and Features in SolidWorks 2017. The first one has to do with using Instances to Skip in patterns. When creating a pattern, SolidWorks would already give you the flexibility to remove a pattern instance by clicking on the pink spheres; this [...]

6 03, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Function Manager Tabs

By | March 6th, 2017|

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 [...]