Due out in the second quarter of 2009, Mastercam X4 brings users a suite of new tool paths, multi-threading ability and more. The release’s dynamic machining technique allows utilization of the entire flute length of the cutting tool, saving both time and money, the company says. Dynamic machining offers flexible retract options to keep the tool down for smaller parts and rapid retract for larger parts.
Mastercam Mill delivers multi-threading support, which divides complex tasks in a multi-core computer, and delivers faster processing and other benefits. Users can turn this on or off. When used in a single-core environment, multi-threading allows users to multitask, prioritize running and pending tasks and monitor the progress of toolpath calculation to increase productivity.
Other features include a 3D toolpath refiner for better finish, feature-based machining drill enhancements, feature-based machining mill enhancements, tree-style dialog boxes for 2D tool paths, circle five-axis tool paths and Agie support.