Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

There is a new option in Mastercam 2017 for adjusting milling tools and holders. In previous versions, you had to edit tool projection on the holder branch of an operation by typing in a value. Now, in Mastercam 2017, you can dynamically edit tool projection in the graphics window by snapping the tool to part geometry and dragging the holder along the tool to align it.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

The file below requires varying ‘stick out’ lengths for the tools used to machine it. You can see that the part’s features vary from shallow to deep, including one cross hole that spans across the full width of the part. We can use those part features to precisely adjust the tool projection lengths.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

After clicking on and opening an operation, you can see the current distance of tool projection from the holder by looking at the area indicated below.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

Back up to the tool branch, right-click on the tool and select Edit Projection.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

Instantly, a 3D representation of the tool and holder appears in the main graphics window.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

The tip of the tool is fixed on the cursor and the tool’s axis is aligned with the tool plane of the operation. Simply click on a feature to set the tool assembly in position and make it ready for editing. Once you have positioned the tool, the entire assembly highlights white and is ready for editing.

Once you have positioned the tool, the entire assembly highlights white and is ready for editing.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

If you click the holder at this point you can either drag it along the tool axis to adjust it, or simply type a value.

Mastercam 2017 Dynamic Tool Projection

If you want to check against a different feature, simply click the tool again to move the entire assembly. It’s that easy. As you can see, this new option for editing tool projection directly in the graphics window makes easier than ever to visualize a crucial part of the job

As you can see, this new option for editing tool projection directly in the graphics window makes easier than ever to visualize a crucial part of the job set-up process.

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