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Practical enhancements for better production

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article image Mastercam Mill V9's Finish Project toolpath follows the natural curve of surfaces and/or solids.

MASTERCAM has added a long list of enhancements to its Mastercam Mill, Lathe and Wire CAD/CAM programs and claims the Version 9 releases will provide existing users with immediate production benefits.

Available from Technology Sales and Service , Mastercam Mill Version 9 delivers high speed pocketing and increased machining options, including full ‘trochoidal’ machining: moving the tool in small circles that can ‘nibble’ out the entire pocket so the tool is never buried.

To save runtime, the trochoidal machining feature also allows users to set the percentage of tool contact, speeding successive passes because ‘nibbles’ are only taken when the tool would be buried in left material.

When combined with Mastercam Solids, Mastercam Mill can automatically detect and program drill holes on solid models.

Precision production of shops' complex designs is simplified by enhancements to 3D and Multiaxis functions at the most advanced level of Mastercam Mill. The Finish Project Toolpath function delivers a consistent finish that follows the natural curves of unlimited surfaces or solids.

Toolpathing with Custom Plunge Roughing lets users machine in any pattern -- using spiral motion in cutting a round part, for example -- and new Hybrid Remachining changes cutting strategies with model slope changes in a single toolpath.

Among the new 5-axis resources, broad-based Tool Containment delivers reliable cutting of difficult internal areas. Other new features allow cutting unlimited surfaces in 5-axis and adding cuts to steeply angled areas of 5-axis parts for a smoother, more consistent finish.

Mastercam Lathe Version 9 delivers new toolpaths based on proven industry needs and adds new verification tools for quick reference.

More than 16 new programming and automated operational features cut programming and turning time as production quality increases.

Mastercam Wire Version 9 combines new wirepaths with easy new interfaces for faster programming. New tools in an easy-to-use format provide fast land programming, easier rough/skim/tab cut control, and either automatic or click and drag tab positions.

Mastercam Solids Version 9 has made the line between solids and machining even more seamless for NC programmers. Users can now sew an unlimited number of surfaces into a single solid model; create sheet solids that can be thickened or shelled; trim solids to multiple surfaces using sheet solids; and create "disjoint" bodies.

Its Solid Feature Recognition component identifies entities such as fillets and holes on imported solids and adds them to the history tree as fully editable features

Enhancements common to all Mastercam Version 9 products ensure users can open and edit virtually any CAD file. Support for AutoCAD, DWG, DXF and Inventor files plus updated SAT and Parasolids translators are included.

Catia and Pro-E translators are also available.

Other enhancements to the Mastercam family include the new Work Coordinate System, which smoothes the progress of work on a model by easily reorienting the View, Construction and Tool planes, then seamlessly transfers the new planes to your G-code.

The new Entity Attributes Manager controls how specific entities will be created and sorts incoming entities as files are imported. Mastercam Design Version 9 also has simpler dialog boxes and includes line width control for customized printing and plotting.

Feeds, speeds and other settings can be changed without toolpath regeneration. Simplified controls for compensation and clearance heights, and automatic slot milling and drilling countersink depth calculation are among many new features.

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