CAM Software Streamlines Multi-Axis Milling Operations

Mastercam’s X9 Mill software offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation; 2D high-speed tool paths, 3D enhancements, and multi-axis features combined with new enhancements in a package intended to improve shopfloor productivity.

Mastercam’s X9 Mill software offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation; 2D high-speed tool paths, 3D enhancements, and multi-axis features combined with new enhancements in a package intended to improve shopfloor productivity.

Mastercam X9 supports generic radial chip thinning in a number of applicable Mill and Mill 3D tool paths, making it easier to program efficient feeds and speeds while maintaining targeted chip thickness. The X9 version builds on the Dynamic Motion engine and introduces an optional conventional cut feed rate, giving users better control of machining dynamics. To streamline and simplify workflow, the software supports previews for select Mill tool paths, enabling users to see the resulting tool path before closing the parameters dialog.

Mastercam X9 introduces new containment boundary options for better control over the tool tip and actual tool contact point. The “surface high-speed hybrid” function now supports two ways to treat containment boundaries for more control over motion, as well as dedicated flat processing. The efficiency of “3D HST rest roughing linking” has been improved: Linking moves are closer to the model, eliminating costly excessive air motion when rest roughing against irregular stock shapes.

Users can program multi-axis equipment using the new “Multiaxis Link” operation, which ensures that reposition moves between two- through five-axis operations are safe and collision-free. Processing logic for advanced multi-axis tool paths has been improved, and select multi-axis tool paths now process in the “multi-threading manager” workflow.

Additional features in Mastercam X9 Mill include a new minimize tilt option for Port Expert; 2D high-speed peel mill; multi-axis tool paths are displayed as normal tool motion instead of vectors in the graphics window; thread mill and barrel tool support have been added; 2D HST Blend includes a new cut order; and users can now machine from the outside to the center or from the center to the outside.

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