CAD/CAM Software delivers flexibility in CNC machining.

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Mastercam X2 CAD/CAM software detects modifications to Mastercam, SolidWorks®, Solid Edge, and AutoCAD files, and marks operations if source geometry has changed. Software features high-speed toolpaths that produce fine finishes, and multiaxis toolpaths for machining strategy control, with smart interface that customizes to selected machining strategy. Changed files can be identified, and Change Recognition feature identifies specific changes.

Original Press Release:

Mastercam X2 Delivers New Toolpaths and Increased Power to Manufacturing Industry

CNC Software unveils the next generation of its Mastercam X CAD/CAM software

Tolland, CT - Mastercam, the world's most widely-used CAD/CAM software*, takes a leap forward with the release of Mastercam X2. Building on the powerful Mastercam X platform, Mastercam X2 has been designed to increase machining flexibility and provide users with more programming options than ever before.

Newly added toolpaths significantly expand the range of toolpath style choices and provide unique capabilities to machine a variety of conditions that might be encountered in a daily job. Mastercam X2 delivers new high speed toolpaths that produce extremely fine finishes and extend tool life. It also incorporates new advanced multiaxis toolpaths that enhance machining strategy control and provides tools for programming complex multiaxis parts. These advanced toolpaths use a "smart" interface that customizes itself to the selected machining strategy, making it easier for the user to tightly control the machining process. Advanced gouge checking options offer many different strategies to avoid potential collisions.

Mastercam X2 also features powerful new tool options to make engineering changes easier. Mastercam's File Tracking function helps manage files by identifying files that have changed, while Change Recognition identifies specific changes in files. It can detect modifications to Mastercam, SolidWorks®, Solid Edge, AutoCAD, and other CAD files, and can mark affected operations if their source geometry has changed in any way. Once the affected geometry is updated, the user can automatically update any additional toolpaths that use that geometry.

Other Mastercam X2 features include:
o Automatic Toolpathing (ATP) imports designs and automatically applies pre-defined machining strategies to jobs.
o Added selection tools streamline everyday programming.
o The Surface Extend function can extend both trimmed and untrimmed surface edges.
o Trochoidal motion in high speed toolpaths assists machining of harder materials. Trochoidal motion maintains an acceptable tool load, allowing feeds and speeds programming to be reliable.
o And much more.

"We are continuing to improve our Mastercam X platform of CAD/CAM software," says CNC Software president Mark Summers. "We've put a lot of hard work into developing new toolpaths and features that will improve the way a machinist works. We took feedback from our users and applied them to the new Mastercam X2 software."

*Mastercam has the most installed seats (almost 2-to-1 over the next competitor) of any CAD/CAM program, according to the CIMdata Inc. 2005 market report. Mastercam maintains this position for the 11th year running.

About Mastercam
Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis milling and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting, and 2D and 3D routing. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 85,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows 2000, and Windows XP and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems. For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and its Mastercam family of products, contact CNC Software, Inc., M - F, 8 AM - 6 PM EST at (800) 228-2877 or (860) 875-5006, 671 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084. Or visit

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