Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

There’s a powerful new solids function in Mastercam 2017 that gives you quick results with far less effort. In previous versions, if you wanted to make derivative models of your part for things like nested fixturing or electrode geometry you had to use Boolean commands. Keep reading to find out how this process has been improved. Two example files are shown below. We will make an electrode to finish the fins and slots on the first part and on the second part we will make a set of jaws to nest the part for another operation.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Using the Boolean family of commands would take many more steps and contribute more complexity to the file than the more streamlined workflow of solid impression. Sketch a closed outer boundary in each file for the tool you want to make. The new impression body will be extruded normal, or perpendicular to the chain. Note that the boundary is positioned a small distance away from the target part body.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Next, go to the Solids tab on the ribbon and select Impression.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Chain the sketch, click OK, and select the target body when prompted. Click OK one more time.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Mastercam instantly extrudes a new solid up to the target faces.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

These new bodies are completely independent of the target bodies and boundary chains so they can be moved or even modified with the direct editing tools like push pull very easily.

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

Mastercam 2017 Solid Impression

As you can see, this new feature makes the process of generating derivative tool geometry both quick and easy.

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