Machining Software: Flexibility and More Programming Options

Mastercam (Tolland, CT) has released Mastercam X2, which was designed to increase machining flexibility and provide users with more programming options.

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Mastercam (Tolland, CT) has released Mastercam X2, which was designed to increase machining flexibility and provide users with more programming options. 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. In addition, the software delivers new high speed toolpaths that produce extremely fine finishes and extend tool life, 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. The software also features powerful new tool options to make engineering changes easier. The company’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 a number of 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.