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  2. Sam1

    Surface UV Lines Mastercam Mill

    Dylan Gondyke, thank you so much for help.
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  4. RecceDG

    Refugee from Fusion 360 looking for advice

    OK, I'm looking everywhere in Mastercam for Solidworks 2022 and I can't find "Align to Z" anywhere. Where is it hiding? Placeholder: This is the GCode the final finishing pass generated when I posted it. I'm going to analyze it later. Pay no attention just yet. % O0000 (PROGRAM NAME - LATHE_LEAD_SCREW_V3.0_OP3) (DATE=DD-MM-YY - 03-08-21 TIME=HH:MM - 23:13) (MCAM FILE - M:\DOCUMENTS\DENNIS\SOLIDWORKS PROJECTS\LATHE_LEAD_SCREW_V3.0.SLDPRT) (NC FILE - D:\DOCUMENTS\MY MASTERCAM 2022\MASTERCAM FOR SOLIDWORKS\LATHE\NC\LATHE_LEAD_SCREW_V3.0_OP3.NC) (MATERIAL - STEEL INCH - 1030 - 200 BHN) G20 (TOOL - 3 OFFSET - 3) (TOOL 3 INSERT - DCMT32.51) G28 U0. W0. G50 X1. Z-5. G0 T0303 G97 S1587 M03 G0 X.4815 Z-5.0751 M8 G50 S2800 G96 S200 G99 G1 X.4621 Z-5.0926 F.006 X.3031 Z-5.236 Z-5.4472 G3 X.5081 Z-5.5497 I.1025 G1 X.5281 Z-5.5324 G28 U0. W0. M05 T0300 M30 %
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  6. Yeah we're still on 2020. Thanks
  7. Chally72

    Can you make relative planes un relative?

    If you're using 2022, this is all built into the interface now. I'm unaware of any way to un-link relative planes in older versions of the software. That was one of the reasons the interface changes were put in and there's icons and options all over the plane creation and plane manager now- It was previously unknown to the user what planes were linked and to which.
  8. I used the create relative planes for the first time and I need to rotate my 5 axis home plane around Z. This causes the 4 relative planes to rotate also which I don't want. I can shift it in Camplete or make new planes and reselect them but I was wondering if there is a magic button for this.
  9. gcode

    MCAM 2022 > Migration Wizard seems to work 100%!

    2022 has been solid for me I made very few reports during the beta cycle and have had no issues with the initial public release I would install it and test it on one machine and see how it goes
  10. sharles

    MCAM 2022 > Migration Wizard seems to work 100%!

    Hey guys, I'm just starting the move to 2022. I hope there aren't any major issues. We had to skip 2020 because backplot issues were so bad we couldn't put up our huge, 1.0" ball finish programs on screen and rotate the part (just choked out our computers no matter how big a graphics card we got) and 2021 because the stupid simulation didn't do bullnose cutters correctly and showed them all violating parts, sigh. I hope 2022, the third time, is the charm. I hate to be 3 versions back after we did all the work in 2019 to customize our tool library, holders, simulation models and such. I've been trying to look for a 2022 issues thread and I'm not finding anything, so I hope that means this is pretty clean. If it is clean, then I get to move the rest of the guys in our department in the next week or two. Scott
  11. cncappsjames

    Benchmark 3.0

    I owe it to my grandkids to stay and fight, so I am... and I'm going to call out the leftist's asinine rules every chance I get, and stay and fight. KNOW this; the bullshiite here in the People's Republik of Kommieforniastan IS coming to your soon to be (WHEN the PRK gets it's way) $#!+hole too. Mark my words. Your congressional delegates couldn't stop Nazi Pelosi from becoming Speaker of the House so you can't stop this either. Don't worry though, I won't rub your nose in it too much when I'm proven right.
  12. DUM1

    WORKING TOO HARD! :-(

    WOW ! Great thinking Bob , I would be really appreciative if that were the case where I am employed . I'm sure your guys will come together and make it happen . what's not to like about that DEAL ?
  13. cncappsjames

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    uMMM yourself. It IS available, and thus "all" (YOUR word not mine) is inaccurate. HSMWorks does require a Fusion360 subscription. Whatever. That IS completely different than killing the product outright as you claimed. Look I get it. You hate AD. Fine. You've got plenty of company in that camp. But at least be honest and knowledgeable in your statements. So far, you've been neither on nearly all accounts regarding AD John.
  14. altamontmfg

    WORKING TOO HARD! :-(

    Your boss is a jerk!!! hahaha I can totally relate to this..
  15. cncappsjames

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    Shoot me an e-mail. I may be able to help. Maybe not, but we can at least try right? That said, if you were to buy a new Matsuura, the price for THAT license would be the $1,800-ish as long as you didn't let it lapse.
  16. JB7280

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    Management may have, I did not. Unfortunately that stuff is not exactly "under control" here. Lots of things go to the owner of the company, who is understandably too busy to be dealing with software renewals etc. (It's a relatively large company, as machine shops go). That's kind of why I'm trying to get all this sorted, to get things controlled by one person, and well....controlled.
  17. cncappsjames

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    There's two alternatives I'm aware of that can do what CAMplete does (but are more powerful) ; ICAM and NC Simul. Neither are inexpensive and both carry maintenance costs, and NONE make it easy like CAMplete does. As far as continuing to use the product... here's a little backstory; we were forced practically at gunpoint by Methods to purchase seats of CAMplete AT FULL RETAIL PRICE in 2006 (I think... could have been 2007)... based on a lie, for the privilege of doing ALL the work supporting the product for the west coast of the US. We could not deal directly with CAMplete back then, we had to deal with Methods. If CAMplete wasn't such a good product back then I probably would have gone down the ICAM or NC Simul path. But, thankfully, Matsuura and Methods got a divorce and this drastically opened things up not only from a support perspective but from a development perspective as well so we elected to stick with it. I had to make the hard sell to the executive management at my company and to Matsuura USA. I stand by that decision. I'd make that exact decision again without hesitation. So, we bought two seats of CAMplete TruePath V4.2 for close to $25,000 I believe. One for me and one for another AE. If we were forced to purchase CAMplete subscriptions at the $1,800 price today, I'd still vote to do it. CAMplete makes my job easier. It's that simple. My job is hard, and if there's a tool available that can take some of the hard stuff and make it easier, I'm going to use it. CAMplete is that tool.. at least for the simulation, collision checking and post processing. JM2CFWIW Did you not get an e-mail from Matsuura USA back in April? There was an opportunity to get back on maintanance for the $1,800-ish. It was a short window like a month if I recall, but there was one.
  18. JB7280

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    I was quoted for the expired seat, $3800 first year, $3400 each additional year.
  19. RecceDG

    Refugee from Fusion 360 looking for advice

    OK, I'll give that a try. Thanks.
  20. I've found an answer. I extended my surfaces above the part. However, is there a way to accomplish what I'm after using strictly toolpath parameters?
  21. cncappsjames

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    I believe after November I have to move to the single user subscription. I would have made the jump already but I have a significant number of legacy users to support still so AD renewed my USB key until November at which time I'll migrate over to the subscription like everyone else. Regarding pricing, maintenance used to be around $1,500/key and was perpetual so if you stopped paying, you still could use the software... just no updates. New structure is a little under $1,800/seat and no perpetual license. To get an expired license back up and running will run you $3,500-ish (prices are approximate and you should get a quote from your dealer). Now, if you are lucky enough to have a USB key, you can always go back to using it. Even after you migrated to subscription. IF you decide you prefer the flexibility of using a key, you can install and run the latest active version while your key was on active maintenance. The big problem with USB security devices is future compatibility is in question similar to the old Parallel port HASPS. It will eventually become unsupported. Guaranteed.
  22. Chally72

    Refugee from Fusion 360 looking for advice

    There is a flip button in the Align To Z panel where you can flip the Z direction. When you click on a cylinder or surface, it'll place the gnomon at one axial end of the solid you clicked. You can always click on the Z arrow of the gnomon it places and simply drag it/snap it to a new Z origin if you didn't want your origin to land there. To make my Setup 1 and (Flipped) setup 2, I just use the Align to Z command twice to create my two planes I will use, and for the second I'll make sure my Z direction is flipped and dragged to the opposite extent of the part. I almost never move the model, as it prevents you from, say, importing a new rev model quickly and cleanly. I'm always creating planes in different orientations as described above with Align to Z.
  23. Thee Kid™

    WORKING TOO HARD! :-(

    sometimes we need to take a break...on the old off topic I made a few threads about how burnt out I got, since then, I learned to take a few days off here or there.
  24. Thanks. I found the attachments link and understand it now. Here is the Dropbox link to my file. There is one one op now. https://www.dropbox.com/s/43xb0m977btcplo/runner pin b.mcam?dl=0
  25. JB7280

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    I know what you're referring to, they make you pay for the years you were not current, but from what I understand, this is not the case. I was told "Your first year with the expired key will be $X, and after that it will be $(an amount equaling $X-400)." Not sure whether or not it's ok to reference actual dollar amounts on a forum, so I won't.
  26. gcode

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    are they charging you for the year (or more) this seat was not on maintenance ? With many software packages (Mastercam included), it's cheaper to buy a new seat that to bring a seat current if it has been off maintenance too long. Occasionally, Mastercam will run an amnesty program for seats that have been out of maintenance for a long time.
  27. RecceDG

    Refugee from Fusion 360 looking for advice

    OK, since I have your attention. Attached is a quick sketch of my lathe setup and how I (and Mach 4) see the layout once everything is correctly set, just so we have a frame of reference for the discussion. Assume that I drew the part in Solidworks (I'm using Mastercam for Solidworks as my workspace, not standalone). Assume that I drew the part in the orientation of the gnomon in the upper left of the sketch - and for giggles, let's assume that that gnomon is also the Solidworks origin for the part (ie I haven't used the hack I described above) so I have to move the WCS to where it is on the sketch. Do I select the rightmost part face and hit "Align to Z" and that does it? Now what if I want to do a second setup where I flip the part in the chuck. Select the leftmost face, "Align to Z" and maybe transform? I'm trying to wrap my head around this whole planes thing. In my head, the lathe plane is fixed and the part axis flips around. I kinda want to be able, for each setup, to define which way part Z points, and then Mastercam aligns that Z direction with the fixed lathe Z direction (which is how Fusion works). This is as much a terminology/UI problem as anything else; I have to learn to speak Mastercam.
  28. JB7280

    Camplete Plugin for 2022

    What are the alternatives? I know Vericut does verification, but it is not a post processor, is that correct?
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