CNC Software’s Mastercam X5 for SolidWorks enables operators to use its tool paths and machining strategies to program parts directly in SolidWorks. The software provides a full suite of cutting strategies, including feature-based machining and 3D high-speed tool paths. It also features automated cleanup tool paths designed to complete parts faster, with little or no handwork, the company says.
Besides conventional 2D programming, such as pocketing and contouring, the CAD/CAM software offers a range of high-power machining functions, including dynamic milling, which creates an active tool path with more consistent cutting conditions and uses the entire tool flute length; high speed machining, which delivers quick turnaround and enhances finish; and peel milling, which ensures efficient constant climb milling between two selected contours or along a single contour. When cutting hardened material, the peel mill tool path uses the entire flute length and avoids many shallow cuts.