Press Release Summary:
Mastercam X2 Maintenance Release (MR1) offers high-speed toolpaths that let users control when automatic feeds, speeds, stepovers, and stepdowns are calculated. These include pencil toolpath, 5-axis flowline toolpath with undercuts support, advanced multiaxis toolpaths with solid geometry support, and scallop toolpath. Viewsheets allow for creation of different user-defined sheets consisting of view orientation, zoom scale, and visible levels of part.
Original Press Release:
Mastercam's Maintenance Release Delivers Enhanced Toolpath Control
CNC Software's new capabilities demonstrated at Eastec 2007 West Springfield, MA - The Eastec show ushers in the latest CAD/CAM software from CNC Software Inc. Mastercam X2's Maintenance Release (MR1) will be showcased in booth # 5245 at the Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA on May 22-24. This release introduces significant new capabilities, including improved toolpaths for high speed machining, multiaxis enhancements, and much more. Pencil Rest Material Optimization The high speed machining Pencil toolpath has been enhanced to provide much smoother motion with fewer retracts when used with rest material. Also, Mastercam can now calculate the appropriate number of offset passes needed, based on tool diameter. Core Roughing Trochoidal Controls Trochoidal motion in high speed toolpaths assists with the machining of harder materials. Trochoidal motion maintains an acceptable tool load, allowing feeds and speeds programming to be reliable. In MR1, Mastercam gives you the ability to control when and how the trochoidal motion occurs in a toolpath. Multiaxis Enhancements Mastercam's 5-Axis Flowline toolpath has been enhanced to support undercuts. On complicated files where controlling the normal direction of the surfaces are cumbersome, Mastercam has an option that lets you either allow undercuts or ignore the surface normal direction, greatly simplifying the process. The Advanced Multiaxis toolpaths have also been enhanced to support solid geometry. When a solid model is present, Mastercam provides the option to select solid geometry. Viewsheets New to Mastercam, viewsheets will save time when working with multiple views or working with different levels at the same time. Viewsheets let you create different user-defined sheets consisting of the view orientation, zoom scale, and visible levels of the part. Bookmarks allow you to save a specific state inside the viewsheet and recall it later. Mastercam saves the current view orientation, zoom, and visible level information each time you move from one viewsheet to another. Additional MR1 Enhancements - Z Oscillation contour type has been added to minimize tool wear. Z Oscillation is especially useful when cutting thinner materials or laminated materials. - The high speed Scallop toolpath has been enhanced to optimize toolpath retracts during shallow applications. - The high speed toolpaths have been modified to allow the user to control when automatic feeds, speeds, stepovers, and stepdowns are calculated. 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 www.mastercam.com.