Expanded Milling Software Improves Shopfloor Productivity

Mastercam 2017 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation.

Mastercam 2017 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. 2D high-speed tool paths, 3D enhancements and multi-axis features combine with dozens of other enhancements in a package intended to improve shopfloor productivity.   

In an effort to streamline and simplify workflow, Mastercam 2017 supports “region chaining preview” which allows users to see their machining, air and containment regions. Mastercam 2017 also builds on its Dynamic Motion engine, introducing micro lifts which use a line-of-sight approach to move the tool where it needs to go through unobstructed areas. Reposition moves are now more efficient and less complex, traveling a shorter distance to create smaller file sizes and improve cycle times.

The maximum stock engagement function enables users to select a previously made stock model and set the maximum depth to limit how deeply the cutter engages uncut materials. This is especially useful when semi-finishing a part, the company says. Perpendicular fill for the raster tool path enables users to limit raster passes and then fills in the limited area with perpendicular raster motion to create a more consistent finish. And, for quicker toolpath regeneration, the processing time for high-speed scallop has been decreased.  

To reduce confusion, multi-axis tool paths have been consolidated and are now grouped by pattern or application to make them easier to find. A new four-axis tool path called rotary axis allows more control over tool motion through the selection of walls, hubs and shroud surfaces. Additionally, the multi-axis drill function has many new features including using a line length for the drill depth and recognition of the stock model for depth and top-of-stock purposes.

Tool path preview is now available for select 2D high-speed tool paths in the graphics window before closing and generating or regenerating the tool path. Point and lines selected for tool axis control will now be associated with the tool paths in which they are used, and point sorting is now available for the multi-axis drill and circle mill tool paths. 

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