CAM Software Accounts for Material Changes

CNC Software’s Mastercam X9 introduces Dynamic Motion improvements, multi-axis enhancements, and other design and system features.

CNC Software’s Mastercam X9 introduces Dynamic Motion improvements, multi-axis enhancements, and other design and system features. The software’s Dynamic Motion tool paths follow a set of rules that take a broad data set into consideration. To create the most efficient cutting motion possible, the tool paths calculate the area where the metal will be removed as well as the changing condition of the material through various stages of machining.

The software release also includes Dynamic Xform, enabling users to switch between gnomon manipulation and geometry manipulation mode without reselecting geometry. “Solid disassemble,” a new model preparation function, takes an assembly and lays each body out in a single pane. When bodies are edited, only the tool paths directly affected by the change in the solid body are marked dirty, the company says.

A new “multiaxis link” ensures that repositioning moves between two- through five-axis operations are safe and collision-free. The operation takes a list of toolpath operations and a safety zone shape as input. Other features available in the update include “preview tool paths” support for select milling operations; support for flat processing in “surface high-speed hybrid”; more efficient “3D HST rest roughing linking”; and two new tool types in “mill tooling.”

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