JAMES GABEL

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I have a question about mastercam in solidworks.  If the model changes in solidworks does it update the mastercam program?

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1 minute ago, JAMES GABEL said:

I have a question about mastercam in solidworks.  If the model changes in solidworks does it update the mastercam program?

Yes.. if you are using the model to drive a toolpath and change the model, the toolpath will go dirty

After regen, it will conform to the edited model

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Personally, I can’t stand it compared to using Standalone MC. I teach MCfSW to college students. Then again I am not a guru in SW and mainly use the basic stuff for modeling, etc. I just like drawing and sketching a whole lot better in MC and to me, it makes more sense. Auxillary and ref geometry is just easier in MC

 

i wish model associativity could be a thing in MC standalone, like, let’s say a ‘referenced’ model changes within its CAD program, is then saved, and then it (Mastercam) can see that it was updated within the windows file explorer and it would then update the MC geometry/solid to reflect those changes and you could regenerate. 

This assumes the model is changed on the same computer. Not really practical perhaps, but still on my wishlist 

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You may want to look into "change recognition" if you haven't before, Metallic.  Obviously, there's limitations if the changes are too great, but it will often work very well if all of the solid faces still retain their original IDs and such.

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My general manager wants me to look into going to camworks because it is integrated into solidworks and will communicate with each other.   The other programmer here mentioned to me about mastercam in solidworks and was wondering if we should look into that.  The general manager wants one software that will do every department and talk to design also.  We have been using Mastercam for many years and would love if Mastercam stand alone would talk to design.  I also use Featurecam and that software will tell if a model that I brought in has changed.  Just trying to gather information from real professionals(all of us programmers) not salesman.   

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As you already own standalone Mastercam, have them install a seat of Solidworks and install MC4SW.....

You can already run it

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Yep, as Old_Bear mentions, your standalone Mastercam license allows you to install and run MCfSW as well.  Well, assuming that you're using 2017 and up (I think that's when the change was?  Time is blurry thing..).  You might as well take it for a test drive since you already own it!

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16 minutes ago, JAMES GABEL said:

Where do I get MCfSW file to load?

It should be on your MC2017 install disk as well

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On 1/31/2019 at 7:54 AM, Aaron Eberhard - CNC Software said:

You may want to look into "change recognition" if you haven't before, Metallic.  Obviously, there's limitations if the changes are too great, but it will often work very well if all of the solid faces still retain their original IDs and such.

I didnt even realize this was a thing, thanks Aaron, I will give it a go. It will probably prove pretty useful since our prototype designers update frequently before the final revisions have been made.

 

Thanks!

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14 hours ago, Metallic said:

I didnt even realize this was a thing, thanks Aaron, I will give it a go. It will probably prove pretty useful since our prototype designers update frequently before the final revisions have been made. 

 

Thanks!

Cool, I hope it helps you out :)

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