Next Generation CAD/CAM Software

IMTS attendees will get a first look at Mastercam’s (Chicago, IL) new feature-based machining (FBM), the new Mastercam in SolidWorks product, as well as the Mastercam X3 release.

IMTS attendees will get a first look at Mastercam’s (Chicago, IL) new feature-based machining (FBM), the new Mastercam in SolidWorks product, as well as the Mastercam X3 release. FBM evaluates a part’s features and automatically designs an effective machining strategy. With just a few simple clicks, FBM will detect solid machining features for the chosen FBM operation type, based on your selection criteria; machine pockets using 2-D roughing, rest mill, and finish operations; automatically support closed, open, nested, and through pockets and set the right toolpath options; optionally create a separate finish toolpath for floors and walls; automatically identify when external machining is required and enable users to activate or deactivate it; automatically identify when facing is required; automatically create drilled, tapped, counterbore, and countersink holes; automatically perform deep drilling, spot drilling, pre-drilling, tool selection, and tool creation if needed; provide advanced controls to drill blind, through, co-axial, and split holes; and, select the appropriate tools for all operations, either from your preferred tools list or from libraries you specify. All toolpaths are fully associative and editable after creation. Mastercam in SolidWorks is fully integrated CAM that runs seamlessly in SolidWorks. SolidWorks users can now program their parts directly within SolidWorks using Mastercam’s industry-leading toolpaths and machining strategies. High-speed machining has traditionally been available in the Mastercam 3-D machining suite. Now you can have the benefits of high-speed machining in your 2-D work: new 2-D high-speed toolpaths deliver efficient, lower-stress motion even without a high speed machine; 2-D high-speed peel milling “peels” away material, layer by layer. It delivers efficient constant climb milling with “trochoidal” type motion and accelerated “back” feed moves when the tool is disengaged; 2-D high-speed core milling cuts from the outside in, using high speed-friendly transitions; 2-D high-speed area milling is excellent for more complex shapes and uses high speed-friendly transitions; 2-D high-speed rest milling evaluates all previous toolpaths and removes remaining material with high speed motion between cuts; 2-D high-speed blend milling gradually morphs the toolpath between two shapes, at high speed; facing cleans stock from the tops of islands or the entire part. A controlled engagement option lets you maintain a more controlled amount of tool engagement.