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    This one change alone is friggin' killin' me... I live on my RMB and find myself constantly clicking trim only to have to back out to go to another function that for YEARS lived in the same menu... Beyond Epicly stoopid!!!
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    Mastercam Direct opens the current Solid\Works/inventor/SolidEdge part in a new session of Mastercam. it does let you import operations from an existing MC file, but it won't populate those operations with the geometry being passed in. It's up to you to run Change Recognition and re-wire any necessary associativity changes.
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    You can also right click any icon and select "Add to QA bar" (QA= quick access) I have all the File commands, most geometry creation commands, translate/rotate/offset commands ,mill and lathe tool libraries and a bunch of others in my QA bar With a 24 or 27 " monitor, the QA bar is long enough that you can add 95% of your most frequently used commands to it. Then you can minimize the Ribbon bar and get some more graphic area back too note.. The File commands are MUCH more user friendly when launched from the QA bar instead of the File page that pops up when you click File
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    I just noticed that you are turning on high speed after you are in G43.4 & G68.2. Try moving your G05 P10000 before, like so: G00 G17 G20 G40 G80 G90 G91 G28 Z0. G28 X0. Y0. M79 M11 G90 A0. C0. N1 T3 (0.5 SPHERICAL / BALL-NOSED ENDMILL) M06 G54 G17 G90 G05 P10000 G00 A-90. C90. G43.4 H3 X0. Y-6.6062 Z5.85 S2139 M03 G94 G05 P10000 Z3.85 G01 Z1.85 F25.
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    Other than losing the associativity if changes become necessary....not to the way I do things, no..
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    Stopping & restarting the hasploader service is it... It's the only way I know to release a hung license
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    Depending on how many threads you have to cut, and what different sizes, you can use a single point tool to produce several different thread sizes and pitches. It isn't as efficient as a dedicated multi-tooth (single pitch) tool, but sometimes it is nice to not have to buy extra tools.
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    Sorry that screams
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    I use MC4SW exclusively. I started using SolidWorks back in 1999 so I am very comfortable using it. When we bought our Mastercam license, I think it was the 2nd year that MC4SW was available, so for that reason, I do not have the option to use the standard version of Mastercam. Our facility is a product development company and we have about 75 engineers here that all use SolidWorks, so for me, it is simple to open the models and be current and have a trouble free model. And I feel very comfortable if I have to add geometry or modify the model in any way. The other 2 machinist that work here, use the regular version. As Pete mentioned, "most" of the tool paths are available to me using my seat of MC4SW. Now having said that, I have had issues with training material from various vendors as they are almost exclusively designed for the standard Mastercam. With the Emastercam series of training material, I sometimes run into issues with some machining options just not being available. I was working on one of the multiaxis books and they wanted the user to use "roll die", that is not available to me with MC4SW. Also, quite often the models provided for study purposes simply won't work in SolidWorks, they blow up or are missing surfaces. I have tried exporting them in various formats and still can't get them to open properly in SolidWorks. To me, the main difference between the two versions is the CAD part. If most of the students are versed in drawing with SolidWorks, then MC4SW might be the better version to use as more time can be spent on teaching the different machining methods versus time spent on the CAD part. But also keep in mind, that I believe most machine shops are using the standard version of Mastercam, so if they were taught in school MC4SW, when they go out in the real world for a job, they might get a little push back from possible employers because they know a different version of Mastercam. Yes, if machine shops are current on their maintenance, they can run either version, but realistically, how many owners would be willing to have their programmers use different versions of Mastercam in their shop? Just my opinion, LeoC
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    Here is what I found about it: Machine Builder Link:
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    Never heard of it before...have you reached out the manufacturer of the machine? That might be the best place to start
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    It sounds to me like there's more of Mastercam in MCforSW than some people are aware of and I wanted to clarify a bit. First, MCforSW is an add-on for SolidWorks that allows access to (almost, yup, I'll admit that) all of the Mastercam Mill, Lathe, and Router functionality. MCforSW does not support Mill-Turn machines like Mastercam with a Mill-Turn license does. It does not support Wire machines. It does not support the 3D Wireframe (2D Swept, 3D Swept, Loft, Ruled) toolpaths. No C-Hooks or Net-hooks. Everything else is in there. Dynamic 2D and 3D toolpaths, check. Simple pockets, holes, and contours, check. Multi-Axis, check. Direct associativity to the SolidWorks geometry, check By using it you have access to SW CAD functionality that does not exist in Mastercam. I think that list is pretty long, but lets start with Design Tables : You can do Family of Parts work in MCforSW... carry all the parameters in an Excel spreadsheet ... every different part (SolidWorks calls them Configurations) is saved inside the single SLDPRT file ... any changes to the spreadsheet automagically mark your toolpaths dirty, requiring just a 'regen' of those dirty ops ... or ... put toolpaths on one Configuration and using that first Configuration, spawn additional ones with different design paramters but use all the same toolpaths, tools, and parameters ... open that resulting SLDPRT in MC and everything's there. Anyone here ever deal with assemblies in Mastercam part data? Whole different ballgame in SW (and therefore, in MCforSW) As far as some of the comments above go: "... Try Mastercam Direct for SW instead ..." : this doesn't do anything except open your SolidWorks file in Mastercam, saving a couple clicks, That's it. "... Would it be accurate to say that Solidworks with a Mastercam add-on is a stripped down version of Mastercam? ..." and "... standalone is a million light years ahead of the add-in ..." : Neither is accurate, at least to me. See "Everything else is in there" above. "... the configuration setup for the add-in version is neutered ..." : Configuration is stripped of items that do not apply. For instance CAD-only, or graphics-only, functionality that is SolidWorks-specific that you control in the SolidWorks settings. I do realize that it's not for everyone : long-time MC users might be averse to learning to model in SW, and you DO need a seat of SolidWorks ... but there are a lot of people around the world using it every day because it works for them.
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    Would it be accurate to say that Solidworks with a Mastercam add-on is a stripped down version of Mastercam? Less toolpaths, less options, workable, but not as powerful? That is what I have heard.

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