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8 minutes ago, gcode said:

not so much ribbons,

the interface felt stone aged in 2002 and even more so in 2018.

important options buried 6 right click menus deep and such 

It's like you have to be a member of a secret society to know all the tricks 

Yeah I know what you mean, like you want to pull out 5 decimal places on an annotation it's buried deep.

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1 minute ago, Aaron Eberhard - CNC Software said:

If you have SolidWorks, it's quite easy to leverage their excel-based programming to really quickly generate the toolpaths for families of parts as well.

I read about a short lived Mastercam Add-In that did something similar on one of these topics.

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19 minutes ago, byte me said:

I read about a short lived Mastercam Add-In that did something similar on one of these topics.

its not short lived, Mastercam for solidworks is still a fully supported product and receives just as many updates as mastercam full version. I think this video shows what he was referring to 

Source: https://community.mastercam.com/TechExchange/Parts/149#partTitle

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35 minutes ago, JoshC said:

its not short lived, Mastercam for solidworks is still a fully supported product and receives just as many updates as mastercam full version. I think this video shows what he was referring to 

Not what I was referring too, I meant the Mastercam Add-In for parametric modeling using excel.

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3 minutes ago, byte me said:

Not what I was referring too, I meant the Mastercam Add-In for parametric modeling using excel.

Yeah, IIRC it was one of the European resellers that was messing around with that...

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If you know how to use SolidWorks design tables you can do really cool stuff with Mastercam-for SolidWorks

5 axis drilling based on CMM data was one project I did.

It took me a day to program the first part.... and 15 minutes each for the next 30

Just enter the CMM data into a SolidWorks Design Table (aka as an  Excel spread sheet) and regen

 

another was 20 lathe parts, all based on a dimension table

You define the first part and program via a Design Table, create a spread sheet of all 20 parts

and the next 19 parts are just a few minutes work each.

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Re: Subscription.

Vericut started offering this a while back, though like all subscription products, that still offer perpetual licensing, the cheaper option is perpetual. But it gives customers options.

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6 hours ago, JParis said:

Yeah, IIRC it was one of the European resellers that was messing around with that...

The MoldPlus guys were toying around with it IIRC.

I had some pretty badass lathe demos for it. Nothing extrordinarily complicated but impressive nontheless. I could rebuild the solid and regenerate the toolpaths for families of parts in seconds.

I may actually still have the c-hook(s) somewhere. I was saddednd they stopped development on it. For the right applications it was perfect.

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