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Mastercam 2022, packed with exciting new features.

Hey Mastercam users,

This article is about the new and exciting features of Mastercam 2022.

Since the release of Mastercam 2021 the user experience team of Mastercam conducted a number of surveys spending hours and hours of tests in and out of Mastercam headquarters and found out some of the best features which will also be user-friendly and also which will be effective.

As a result, Mastercam 2022 a powerful new release entirely based on customer feedback. Now we invite you to explore the features that you requested—like more advanced roughing in 2D machining and improved workability with meshes—and to find out how the latest version of Mastercam can help you.

Here are the new and improved features,

1. OptiRough in Mill and Router

When OptiRough was first introduced in 2010, it was not sold as an add-on; it was given to every Mill 3D user on Maintenance. Since then, the Mastercam development team has collected immense amounts of feedback and has made continuous improvements to the technology. As a result, OptiRough is one of the most well-tested and reviewed tool paths within Mastercam.

Now, the 3D High-Speed Dynamic OptiRough toolpath is available for all Mill and Router product levels. Notably bringing this technology to 2D users. With OptiRough, users can rough an entire part with one toolpath rather than multiple individually programmed 2D operations. The collision-aware toolpath relies on Dynamic Motion technology to maximize material removal in the fewest stepdowns possible, eliminate air cuts, and minimize tool and material damage. The secret is in OptiRough’s powerful bidirectional cutting strategy that employs large cut depths to boost material removal, which decimates both programming and machining time

2.  Automatic Region Chaining for 2D

When selecting geometry for a 2D Dynamic Mill, Area Mill, or 3D Dynamic Mill toolpath, users can take advantage of the new Automatic regions selection to automatically create Machining, Air, or Avoidance regions based on the selected solid geometry. This saves time by allowing Mastercam to select the geometry itself. You can also convert the selected Automatic regions into Machining, Air, or Avoidance regions by using the Convert automatic regions button in the Chain Options dialog box, the Toolpath Type page, or from the Chain Manager right-click menu.

Automatic region chaining in Mastercam 2022 is completely associative. If any changes occur to a face, the toolpath will at once associate and be ready for updating. With one click, users can create toolpaths that avoid bosses and correctly define space as air or material.

3. Improved Mesh Editing Tools

Rather than having to save a solid or surface to a stereolithography (STL) file and merge it back—a time-consuming process that introduces the opportunity for error—you can now create single mesh entities from other multiple mesh entities, surfaces, solid bodies, or faces.

The following functions now include the ability to interact with mesh entities:

  • Analyze Dynamic (on the Home tab): Analyzes a mesh dynamically across its facets.
  • Curve Slice by Plane, Curve Slice Along Curve, and Curve at Intersection (on the Wireframe tab): Now supports meshes along with surfaces, solids, and wireframe to create wireframe on meshes to use for other processes. For example, turn scanned data for an intake port into cross-sections that you can use to create lofted surfaces or solids. 
  • Point Dynamic (on the Wireframe tab): Creates points dynamically on a mesh.
  • Line Normal to Point, Line Normal to Grid, and Line Normal Along Chain (on the Wireframe tab): Create normal lines on a mesh to control the tool axis in a multiaxis toolpath.
  • Disassemble (on the Model Prep tab): Organizes multiple meshes into a specific plane.
  • Change Normal (on the Surfaces tab): Reverses the normal direction of a mesh.
  • Project (on the Transform tab): Now supports meshes along with surfaces and solids. 
  • Geometry Nesting/Toolpath Nesting (on the Transform tab and Toolpaths contextual tabs): Nests meshes to fit parts onto machining surfaces or for additive manufacturing.
  • Modify at Intersection (on the Wireframe tab): Breaks, trims or creates a point where wireframe entities intersect with a mesh.

4. Multiple Adapter Support

In Mastercam 2022, users can now define reusable holder assemblies in the Holder Designer, which is accessible through the Lathe Tool Manager Holder tab. The Holder Designer allows users to create collections of adapters, extensions, and holders, and store them as assemblies. Access to the Holder Designer is also available by clicking Select from Library for a holder component, right-clicking in the Browse for Item dialog box, and choosing to create or edit a holder. By creating reusable assemblies of modular components, users can save time and avoid errors. These assemblies can be stored in a library and used for the creation of full 3D Lathe tool assemblies.

5. Multiaxis Unified Toolpath

This new unified toolpath allows users to generate multiaxis toolpath patterns by selecting multiple pieces of the input geometry. The toolpath will then automatically choose the best algorithm available to calculate a path, like the best way to morph between two surfaces.

This single toolpath will give users access to all the surface-based toolpaths like Morph, Parallel, Along Curve, and Project, as well as the geodesic toolpath options like Automatic and Guides. There is no longer any need to toggle in between interfaces. You can also add or remove patterns without starting the toolpath over by using one of the four drive patterns automatic, curves, surfaces, and planes.


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MASTERCAM partnering with EDGE FACTOR

This blog is about the partnership between MASTERCAM and EDGE FACTOR,

This is what the men themselves said when they were asked about it. 

“Partnership is crucial as we face a new world of opportunity. We know that times are changing, and while that may feel scary at some level, it can also be exciting when you have the right team. I am proud to have MASTERCAM and Edge Factor continue our long-term partnership knowing that this will allow us to lead and grow as both organizations move into the future together,” says Jeremy Bout, Founder and president of Edge Factor

MASTERCAM and Edge Factor have been corporate partners for over ten years, and we’ve found this to be a very beneficial partnership as both companies share a common goal of bridging the gap between education and industry and raising overall awareness,” says Graham Hargreaves, Corporate Marketing manager of MASTERCAM. “We are excited to partner again in 2021, and once again unite for three key initiatives that represent core business drivers for MASTERCAM. Bridging the skills gap, showing opportunities for women in manufacturing, and expanding overall awareness of manufacturing in our communities are of utmost importance, and our partnership with Edge Factor will help to deliver those messages to a critical audience.”

About this partnership,

This partnership equips organization across North America with three experience tool kits at free of cost to inspire students and job seekers to pursue career pathways by enabling school companies and workforce leaders with free access to high impact multimedia, a keynote presentation, promotional tools and practical guidebook on how to plan, promote, host, and follow up on engaging Experiences. And it also empowers students and job seekers to explore skill trade, apprenticeships, CTE programs, careers, STEAM and soft skills.

EDGE FACTORS is one of the widely used e-learning plat form, has created thousands of videos, interactive activities, and lesson plans that focus on career exploration.EDGE Factor also helps K-12 and postsecondary schools, companies, and organizations in tackling workforce development regionally and nationally.Edge factor also showcased countless MASTERCAM customers using technology to bring design ideas to life and impact people’s lives.

As an industry leader for more than 35 years, CNC Software Inc. proudly meets the needs of their customers by combining MASTERCAM‘s software programming with practical shop floor experience. On the forefront of CAD/CAM technology, CNC Software responds to the needs of the manufacturing community and has provided CAD/CAM solutions to more than 265,000 installations worldwide in industries including mold making, automotive, aerospace, and consumer industries.

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The three specific experiences students and job seekers are benefiting during specific 2021 months are,

1. Future Skills (Jan – Feb 2021) – As students are choosing which programs to enroll in for the following year, Edge Factor’s Future Skills Experience will promote and celebrate technical education programs and encourage students to get involved. (This will be a great tool for U.S. organizations to celebrate CTE Month, too.)

2. Women in Skilled Trades (Mar – Apr 2021) – To celebrate International Women’s Day/ Month, this toolkit will feature a special collection of tools that Edge Factor has created that feature women in skilled trades. The goal of this Experience is to encourage more women and female students to pursue career pathways in diverse skilled trades.

3. Rock MFG DAY (Sept – Oct 2021) – October is Manufacturing Day/ Month and Edge Factor is providing the 2021 Rock MFG DAY kit for everyone to highlight the extraordinary world of advanced manufacturing. This toolkit will include resources to promote manufacturing careers and technology and showcase how STEAM comes alive in this industry.

One may be an educator, business or workforce development leader, or even a parent trying help your children to find the best career that will inspire them to do wonders, pre-registrations are going for these experiences! please click this link to learn more and pre register : http://www.edgefactor.com/free-experiences

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New Functionality in Mastercam 2021

Mastercam 2021 new

What’s new in Mastercam 2021 ?

Dear Friends,

Today in this post I would like to share the new functionality come up on Mastercam 2021 version. This version was released globally for public testing on 10th February 2020 via Beta Program for Mastercam 2021. Shops all over the world, from small job shops to Fortune 100, get a chance to test-drive Mastercam 2021 before it is released and provide valuable feedback to help shape the final product. Participants in the Beta Program get an early look at dozens of powerful new tools for simple to complex jobs.

Faster, more flexible multiaxis programming. As more shops continue to rely on streamlined multiaxis cutting for single-setup precision, Mastercam 2021 adds new techniques and strategies such as Expanded Multiaxis Pocketing, a new 3+2 Automatic Roughing toolpath, enhancements to the 5-axis Flowline toolpaths, and more.

Courtesy : https://www.mastercam.com/news/press-releases/mastercam-2021-released-for-global-public-testing/#:~:text=February%2010%2C%202020%20(Tolland%2C%20Conn.)

1. Machining Chamfer Holes Based on Width or Depth

Mastercam 2021 features a new toolpath, Chamfer Drill. Using tools with a tip angle, the Chamfer Drill toolpath chamfers holes after calculating the correct depth based on the desired width or depth. The Chamfer Drill toolpath also lets you select holes of different diameters or sizes—or that lie in different planes—and machine them in a single operation with a single tool.

You can use any tool with a tapered tip, not just a drill. Like other drill operations, you can use the Tool Axis Control page to choose 3-4-, or 5-axis output. Choosing 4-axis or 5-axis output gives you access to additional multiaxis features, like Safety Zone. To create the toolpath, select Chamfer Drill in the Hole making section of the 2D Mill toolpaths. Then, in the graphics window, select the entities you want to add to the Features list. Use the following methods to make and manipulate your selections:

  • Select entities to add or delete them from the Features list.
  • Click or use window selection to choose solid holes, solid arc edges, wireframe arcs, lines, points, or AutoCursor positions.
  • [Ctrl+Click] to select all matching radius solid features.
  • [Ctrl+Shift+Click] to select all matching radius solid features on the same vector as the initial selection.
  • Click a selected solid feature’s arrow to change direction.

2. Machining with a Customizable Multi-Segment Drill Cycle

Mastercam 2021 features a new toolpath, Advanced Drill.

Advanced Drill is a customizable multi-segment drill cycle that is useful for spot drilling, deep hole drilling, and back spot facing. Each segment of the drill cycle can be defined in a table on the toolpath’s Cut Parameters page.

For each segment, you can customize any or all of the following conditions:

  • Define individual pecks within the segment, including retracts to simulate a chip break cycle.
  • Set the feed rate or choose rapid motion.
  • Change the spindle speed and direction.
  • Turn coolant options on or off.
  • Add manual entry comments or code.
  • Fine-tune the order in which the commands are output.

Like other drill operations, you can use the Tool Axis Control page to choose 3-4-, or 5-axis output. Choosing 4-axis or 5-axis output gives you access to additional multiaxis features, like Safety Zone.


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3. Machining with The New 3+2 Automatic Roughing Toolpath

The new 3+2 Automatic Roughing toolpath automatically makes multiplane 3-axis toolpaths for roughing. Mastercam analyzes the model and stock, and then creates a roughing toolpath. Then Mastercam calculates the remaining stock and computes a new toolpath. This continues until only a defined amount of stock remains. The results are all contained within the one toolpath.

The image below shows the new toolpath on a part with Section view enabled, allowing you to better see the toolpath.

4. Machining Custom Thread Forms

Mastercam 2021 introduces the new Lathe Custom Thread toolpath to support custom thread forms.

The new toolpath also takes advantage of Mastercam’s next-generation panel interface to simplify and streamline your programming workflow. You can select chained geometry to represent the thread cross-section or select one of four parametric definitions:

  • Rope
  • Buttress
  • Square
  • Trapezoidal

Parametric definitions let you define the profile by entering dimensions directly in a properties grid, eliminating the need to chain geometry.

Mastercam lets you define roughing and finishing passes with separate cutting parameters.

The new custom thread module also supports Mastercam’s other advanced threading and toolpath features, such as multi-start threads, tool inspection, ID/OD threads, allowances for mating parts, and cross-centerline turning. You can even name and save custom thread forms so you can easily retrieve and reuse them in future operations.

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Wildest Competition for CNC Programmers!

Dear fellow CNCist,

In this post I would like to share an event organizing from Mastercam team.

Time is the wisest counselor of all “-Pericles

This is a right time or opportunity to show your programming skills and win cash prize from Mastercam. The challenge is very simple create a bold, original item using Mastercam.

Awards & Rewards

There are four divisions of category like School level, College/ University level, Professional, Team. In each Category 3000$ cash award for first place, with the total of $5000 in prizes for each of the four categories. Every participant will receives Mastercam T-shirt.

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Rules to be Followed

Original part must be programmed using Mastercam.
• All entries must be created between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.
• Entrant(s) should share pictures and videos of their progress on Social Media using the hashtags #MastersofCAM
and #WildestParts.
• Part should not be painted in a way that obscures the quality of machining.
• Part must be suitable for display at schools and trade shows; no weapons or weapon replicas will be accepted.
• All entrants receive notification of winners.
• All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. and may be used for marketing purposes.
• All entrants must be postmarked by June 30, 2020.
• Please consider shipping requirements and restrictions when planning part size.
• Parts are judged based on the condition in which they are received.
• Completed entry form, release form, and appropriate files must be included with your entry

Professional Level
Team Level
School / College Level

Show Off Your Work

Make sure to take videos and pictures of your project at various stages of development. Share these images on social media using #WildestParts, #MastersofCAM, and #Mastercam to showcase your talent and ingenuity.

Here are some ideas to share:

  • Image or screen capture of the part in the design stage
  • Image or screen capture of tool paths or G-code you generate
  • Video of your part on the machine
  • Video or photo overview of the project in segments or start to finish
  • Pictures of you with your project at various stages—especially the final part!

Courtesy : https://www.mastercam.com/

 Visit : https://www.mastercam.com/community/competitions/wildestparts/

 

Short cut keys of Mastercam

Mastercam short keys

Hi Everyone,

As we all know, the leading CNC Programming CAM software “Mastercam” from CNC software Inc, which as millions of user all over world with passion on working in it.

Here are some short keys for mastercam, for entry level user, to make their work little faster.

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CommandShort Key
Analyze entitiesF4
AutoSaveAlt+A
Run Add-InAlt+C
Configure MastercamAlt+F8
Copy to clipboardCtrl+C
Cut to clipboardCtrl+X
Delete entitiesF5
Drafting optionsAlt+D
Exit MastercamAlt+F4
Fit geometry to screenAlt+F1
Grid settingsAlt+G
Gview–BackAlt+3
Gview–BottomAlt+4
Gview–FrontAlt+2
Gview–IsometricAlt+7
Gview–LeftAlt+6
Gview–Previous PlaneAlt+P
Gview–RightAlt+5
Gview–TopAlt+1
HelpAlt+H
Levels ManagerAlt+Z
Set from entityAlt+X

 

About MastercamAlt+V
Motion controller rotation pointAlt+F12
Multi-Threading ManagerAlt+M
PanArrow keys
Paste from clipboardCtrl+V
Planes ManagerAlt+L
Redo an eventCtrl+Y
RotateAlt+Arrow keys
SaveCtrl+S
Save asCtrl+Shift+S
Select allCtrl+A
Shading on/offAlt+S
Shading translucency on/offCtrl+T
Show/hide gnomonsAlt+F9
Show/hide axesF9
Show/hide entityAlt+E
Show/hide displayed toolpathsAlt+T
Solids ManagerAlt+I
Toolpaths ManagerAlt+O
Un-zoom 80%Alt+F2
Un-zoom to previous or 50%F2
Undo the last eventCtrl+Z
Zoom windowF1
Zoom/un-zoom by 5%Pg Up/Pg Down

 

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Titans of CNC Partners with Mastercam

titansofcnc

Titans of CNC INC announced its partnership with a popular CAD/CAM Software “Mastercam” from CNC Software INC.

About Titans of CNC Academy

Titans of CNC academy is leader in world class, manufacturing training, includes CNC machining, CAD/CAM, also their online training materials for learning CNC machining has great reach all over the world.

About Mastercam

Mastercam is an industry leader for more than 35 years, CNC Software takes pride in meeting the demanding needs of our customers by providing excellent products at affordable prices. We adhere to our strategy of combining superior software programming with practical shop floor experience. We have remained at the forefront of CAD/CAM technology by listening to our customers’ needs, being accessible, and most of all, being dedicated to our customers. CNC Software has provided CAD/CAM solutions to more than 250,000 installations worldwide in the mold making, automotive, aerospace, and consumer industries.

Titan Gilroy, CEO, TITANS of CNC.

As our Academy continues to grow, we believe it is necessary to teach with the latest, most-advanced CAM software and machining technology available. Knowledge is power, and what we teach has a direct effect on manufacturing companies’ ability to outperform their competitors.” said Titan Gilroy, CEO, TITANS of CNC.

Meghan West, President, CNC Software, Inc.

We are proud to partner with such an inspirational team,” said Meghan West, President, CNC Software, Inc. “From the beginning of our existence, CNC Software has made a concerted effort to address the educational market. We have always recognized the importance of recruiting young minds into our field. TITANS of CNC has made it their mission to do just that. We are proud and humbled to be working with such a wonderful group of people that have the same mission.”

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Mastercam Introduces new Post Processor for HEIDENHAIN TNC

Mastercam world’s leading CAM software from CNC software Inc, recently announced its new post processor for Heidenhain Control,

The HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X MILL was developed by our corporate post department . This 5-axis post processor for Mastercam Mill supports the HEIDENHAIN TNC530, TNC620, and TNC640 controls.

This post will be done Mastercam 2020,

The HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X Mill post processor includes support for the following:

  • TNC530, TNC620, and TNC640 controls
  • PLANE commands (STAY, TURN, MOVE)
    • SPATIAL
    • VECTOR
    • EULER
  • TCPM
    • TCPM (TNC640)
    • M128 (TNC530)
  • Multiaxis machining:
    • Rotary output
    • Vector output
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  • Drilling
    • CYCLE 200 (Drilling)
    • CYCLE 205 (Universal Pecking)
    • CYCLE 203 (Universal Drilling)
    • CYCLE 207 (Rigid Tapping)
    • CYCLE 202 (Boring)
    • CYCLE 201 (Reaming)
  • Cutter comp (2D / 3D)
  • Subprograms
  • Safe Retract Routine
  • Coolant (X-style)
  • Canned text
  • Manual entry
  • HSM support (CYCL DEF 32)
  • Axis clamping
  • Work offsets (CYCL DEF 247 DATUM SETTING)
  • Transform operations (No subroutine output)
  • Rotary axis limit detection

For more details please visit the below link

mastercam.com/news/press-releases/heidenhain/


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