20 02, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert to Bodies

By | February 20th, 2017|

A new in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Convert to Bodies will allow 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 history [...]

13 02, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Optimize Solid Function

By | February 13th, 2017|

There is a new utility in Mastercam 2017 that can significantly improve the quality of imported model data. The Optimize Solid function automatically repairs whole bodies or individual faces, improving the accuracy of edges and face blends. If you import a model that was created in a different CAD system Mastercam’s file converters can make [...]

6 02, 2017

Mastercam for SolidWorks 2017 Gviews

By | February 6th, 2017|

The graphics viewing options in Mastercam for Solidworks have been expanded to include the Gview system used by standalone Mastercam. In previous versions, only the native Solidworks graphic views system could be used. Now, in Mastercam for Solidworks 2017, the Mastercam Command Manager tab features a pull-down to command graphics views that are directly driven [...]

24 01, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Converter Settings

By | January 24th, 2017|

In today’s blog post we will review the settings in the converters section of the Mastercam 2017 configuration file. Mastercam can read and write files in several different native formats, as well as some neutral and kernel specific ones. The converter settings let you set your initial preferences for these functions. First, click on the [...]

16 01, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Transform Gnomons

By | January 16th, 2017|

The new Mastercam 2017 Transform Gnomons include new dynamic enhancements to the Translate and Rotate Transforms. In previous versions, only the full dynamic tool offered onscreen handles and grips that allowed users graphic interaction. Now, in Mastercam 2017, both Rotate and Translate offer onscreen controls in addition to the traditional dialog box controls. The dynamic [...]

9 01, 2017

Mastercam 2017 Radial Chip Thinning Factor

By | January 9th, 2017|

The Mastercam 2017 Radial Chip Thinning Factor can be applied with high-speed machining techniques in selected Mastercam milling operations. In previous versions, you would have to calculate this adjustment manually when using a machining stepover of less than 50%. Now in Mastercam 2017, a simple checkbox labeled RCTF found on the Tool page calculates and [...]

6 01, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Wrap onto Freeform Surfaces

By | January 6th, 2017|

There is a significant enhancement with the Wrap function in SolidWorks 2017. In the past, SolidWorks has been able to Wrap a 2D sketch onto a CAD model, but it had to be either a cylindrical or cone-shaped face. In addition, you could only Wrap to a single face; multiple faces were not supported, but [...]

19 12, 2016

Mastercam 2017 Function Manager Pinning and Flyout

By | December 19th, 2016|

In Mastercam 2017 you can optimize the graphic viewing space by taking advantage of the Function Manager Pinning and Flyout functions. In previous versions, the Toolpath and Solids Managers were upgraded to include this functionality, but the Plane and Level Managers still used different style windows. Now, in Mastercam 2017, all these managers use the [...]