Thursday, August 3, 2017
WESTEC 2017 attendees will get to see and experience the most powerful Mastercam machining software yet. Stop by booth # 1715 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, September 12 to 14 for a look at Mastercam 2018 which introduces new 2D/3D Milling features, Design Improvements, powerful turning and Mill-Turn enhancements, and so much more. There will be live presentations every 30 minutes on Mastercam products, available in both English and Spanish.
This year at WESTEC, attendees have the opportunity to see Dirty Little Secrets about Cutting Cost and Performance presented by Stas Mylek, Sr. Product Marketing Specialist, CNC Software, Inc. On Wednesday, September 13 from 2:45 – 3:45 PM, learn about today’s cutting tools and toolpath strategies and how they can increase productivity and profitability.
Stock awareness has been added to select 2D toolpaths and allows tool motion on the top, bottom, or both values of the stock. This provides a safer and more optimized tool motion. The workflow for all 3D High Speed toolpaths has been streamlined and gives you fine control over exactly where to cut. High speed Hybrid toolpaths now offer smoothing controls and deliver a finer finish, requiring less handwork.
Expanded Turning and Mill-Turn
If someone wants to work with stringy materials such as aluminum or plastic, Mastercam’s new Chip Break control prevents problems by allowing you to set length and time conditions, retract, and dwell options. Mill-Turn machine definitions now contain tailstock and quill components, tailored to their machine.
Exclusive to Mastercam, a new set of turning strategies automate toolpath generation and support for Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn® Prime inserts and PrimeTurning method. PrimeTurning provides superior metal removal rate, productivity gains of over 50%, and increased tool life in a variety of materials.
New CAD Tools for the Shop Floor
Shops can model their own designs, but they also get in models that need to be corrected or prepped for machining. Mastercam’s CAD functions are designed for the machinist. Angle Sweep improves the creation of more complex wireframe functions and when creating or editing primitives, there are now on-screen sweep and rotate controls which can snap to the AutoCursor positions of existing entities. Hole Axis makes it easier to work with a large number of holes, especially holes with matching diameters that are selected as a group.
Also available in the Mastercam 2018 release is:
• Streamlined workflow with improved plane management, level and geometry control, toolpath analysis and more.
• Model Prep and Solid Model enhancements such as Multiple Undo/Redo for up to twenty-five functions and Solid Sweep has more options and controls than ever.
• The Collision Control and the Multiaxis Link Safety Zone pages for Multiaxis toolpaths have been redesigned for Mastercam 2018.
• Common direction has been added to the Tool Axis Control page for Multiaxis toolpaths and keeps the tool at a uniform tilt angle to reduce tool and machine motion.
• And many other productivity improvements across the entire product.