Lathe Software Increases Productivity on the Shop Floor

X6 Lathe

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Mastercam X6 Lathe delivers a suite of new features aimed at increasing productivity. From Variable Depth Roughing and Canned Rough and Finish improvements, to Finish Tool Inspection and more, Mastercam X6 Lathe ensures that the designer is ready for any job in the shop.
The user can vary the point that the tool insert contacts the surface to prevent notching and improve tool life. The depth can vary up to 25 percent of the cut depth. In Variable Depth Roughing, the tool moves in at an angle on the first roughing pass, so the material contact point moves. Then the tool takes the second pass in a traditional horizontal cut, using the already angled remaining stock to again maintain variable contact. Repeat the process throughout the roughing cycle and the result is much longer insert life.
Mastercam X6 Lathe includes several improvements to canned rough and finish toolpaths. These include: added clearance options in canned rough operation parameters to extend the chain for tool clearance; added parameters in the Lead in/out dialog to shorten the start and end of the chain; canned finish operations now use the cutter comp options from the canned rough operation; support for Type 1 and Type 2 canned cycles; and added clearance value for canned finish.
Tool Inspection is available in Finish toolpaths. The user can establish points during operations where the machine can be programmed to a specific position and then stop to allow you to perform tool inspections. The, the conditions can be set on which the tool inspections are performed, such as after a number of passes, after a specified cut length or a cut duration.
Additional new features in Lathe include: finish toolpaths are now optimized to detect and finish up (flats) and down (walls) cut regions of the profile using a single chain; facing toolpaths in Mastercam X6 Lathe offer additional feeds and speeds specifically for finish passes; new Corner button on the Face parameters tab provides options for adding a chamfer or radius to the edge of a part; and for grooving toolpaths, the option to adjust the plunge and retract feed rates on the first plunge cut.