Mastercam X5 from CNC Software features dynamic milling techniques, multi-axis machining, smart hybrid finishing and more. Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure efficient cutting, and it enables use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill behaves in a manner similar to the current toolpath, only it uses dynamic milling motion instead of core mill or area mill motion for the rest operations. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multiple passes and can include optional finishing passes.
The company says its multi-axis suite has new machining techniques and an easy, workflow-oriented interface. The software enables users to choose the basic type of work they are doing using clear illustrations, and then gives a clear, step-by-step process for defining how to cut the part. For multi-axis machining, the software also includes a highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.
Another software enhancement, the 3D surface, high speed OptiRough toolpath, is designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts to deliver a fully roughed part.
Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between constant Z cutting and constant scallop machining. The result is a finer finish with less work, the company says.