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X6 Lathe from Mastercam delivers a suite of enhanced features designed to increase productivity. Additions include variable depth roughing, canned rough and finish improvements, and finish tool inspection.
Variable depth roughing enables users to vary the point in which the tool insert contacts the surface to prevent notching and improve tool life. The depth can vary to 25 percent of the cut depth. During this process, 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 maintain variable contact.
The software includes improvements to the canned rough and finish tool paths. These include added clearance options in canned rough parameters, added parameters in the lead in/out dialog, cutter comp options for canned finish operations, support for Type 1 and Type 2 canned cycles, and added clearance value for canned finish.
Tool inspection is now available in finish tool paths. The user can establish points during operations in which the machine can be programmed to a specific position and then stopped to enable tool inspections. Users can set the conditions in which the inspections are performed, such as after a number of passes, a specified cut length or a cut duration.
Additional features include optimized finish tool paths to detect and finish up (flats) and down (walls) cut regions of the profile using a single chain; facing tool paths with additional feeds and speeds for finish passes; a “Corner” button on the face parameters tab with options for adding a chamfer or radius to the edge of a part; and an option for adjusting the plunge and retract feed rates on the first plunge cut for grooving tool paths.