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Integrated CAM Software Enables Programming from CAD

Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks is a CAM application that is fully integrated into Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks CAD software, enabling the user to program parts directly in SolidWorks using Mastercam’s tool paths and machining strategies.

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Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks is a CAM application that is fully integrated into Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks CAD software, enabling the user to program parts directly in SolidWorks using Mastercam’s tool paths and machining strategies.

In this version of the CAM software, the Dynamic Motion tool paths 2D HST Dynamic Mill, Peel Mill and 3D Dynamic OptiRough all support a conventional feed rate when set to a zigzag cutting method. The 3D HST roughing feature has been consolidated from six tool paths to two: Dynamic OptiRough and Area Roughing. The efficiency of rest roughing linking heights for 3D HST tool paths has been improved. The software’s 3D HST Waterline tool paths now include an option to machine a part from bottom to top. Hybrid flat area processing is now available, enabling the user to choose to include the flat areas of the part in the tool path, ignore the flat areas or only machine the flats.

Now available for Port Expert, a “minimize tilting” feature creates the most efficient tool path possible through a port. Multi-axis tool paths are displayed as normal tool motion instead of vectors in the graphics window. All advanced multi-axis tool paths, such as Port Expert and Blade Expert, are now processed through the “multi-threading manager,” leaving users free to work while processing. Additionally, users can link multiple tool paths together to create a safe linking move between them.

Additionally, an option to project the selected items to the Toolplane has been added to the chain manager for 2D tool paths and for 3D toolpath containments. When solid bodies, faces, features or surfaces are selected in SolidWorks, a silhouette of the selected items will be generated automatically. Other features include improvements to Mastercam Simulator, additional lathe C-axis operations, barrel tool support, thread mill support and others. 

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