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  1. 3 points
    yes it's very simple choose the command Break 2 pieces select the arc hit the "m" key (or AutoCursor/Midpoint) done
  2. 3 points
    The type of work you intend to put on your 5 Axis Machines, and your personal Mastercam knowledge have a lot to do with what you should get. Without Mill 3D, you will be very limited in what kind of toolpaths you can easily create. With "Curve and Drill 5X", you must create wireframe to drive every 5 Axis cut. If you have any kind of slightly complex geometry, you'll quicky find that it takes you hours and hours to drive even simple stuff. Here is the thing you should also understand: you can do "5 Axis machining" (really, 3 + 2), without having the "5-Axis" module. You use Toolplanes to position the rotary axes, and perform 3X machining. Reposition, then repeat to get the part done. How much do you know about Mastercam and the Toolpath options available to you? Are you new to Mastercam or are you a seasoned programmer? The complexity of the parts you make will have a huge impact on what kind of licenses are needed and the approach you take in machining your parts. Are you hogging out blocks of metal, or are you doing 5 Axis trimming of composite panels? Or machining parts out of wood? If you were just doing 5 Axis trimming, I'd say get the Curve Drill 5X. My recommendation if you don't know the software that well yet, is to start with Mill and Mill 3D first. (And Lathe.) Spend some money and time on training and learning the software. Wait until you buy a 5X machine (place the order), then upgrade and buy the 5X module. You don't need Curve 5X or Drill 5X, if you don't know how to do 3D machining yet. How many people will be programming? The reason I ask is that you can install a Nethasp, where you can share licenses. So you might have 1 Lathe, a couple Mill and Mill 3D licenses, and 1 5 Axis license, which can be shared among several users. If you are just starting with a Lathe that you want to program, then Lathe and Mill licenses will get you that. You can machine a ton of lathe Toolpaths, and do a lot of Milling with those 2 licenses. The regular Mill license supports single surface machining, so you can do chamfers, or radius features, but you'll quickly find that any serious 3D cutting will require Mill 3D.
  3. 2 points
    Is it not possible to get a floating license so that you both can use it, just not at the same time? I would likely switch jobs if I couldn't design fixtures with Solidworks any longer.
  4. 2 points
    When I need to see the range of something I use dynamic transform. Prolly not the powerful solution you're looking for, but it helps.
  5. 2 points
    Those "Strings" (text labels), are stored as text information at the bottom of your Post Processor. Depending on how your Post was built, and who set it up, there are different "groups" of settings. There are "Default" text strings, and "strings linked to a specific Control Definition name". When you update to a new version of Mastercam, there is often a discrepancy between the "default strings" and the "linked strings". I always make it a point to set the 'default' strings to match the 'linked strings', so updating to a new version of Mastercam goes smoothly. The process involves: 1. Setting the Control Definition Default values, to match your current 'linked Post' values. (See stickied thread here on the Forum.) 2. Using the Control Definition "text strings" to customize the "Post Text", for your linked Post. 3. Opening the Post in a Text Editor, and copying/replacing the 'default strings', with the 'Linked strings'. Doing all of that will ensure that you never have any issues when updating Mastercam to a new version. All your settings from the previous version of Mastercam will be copied correctly to the new version, but only if your default CD settings and Post Text Strings are properly configured.
  6. 2 points
    We did a bunch of trials at a place I worked once. Parasolid .x_t were the most bullet proof for file transfer. 2nd place .STEP files, but some problems occasionally. I always save my work from SW as parasolid as a matter of course, and even use it to transfer files from MC to SW.....has never failed yet.
  7. 1 point
    So, I recently lost access to my seat of Solid Edge. I rarely need it but it is an added software I need. I imagine I am like most Mastercam users in that I could do with more capability but I find ways around it. The only real thing I'm missing for Mastercam being a one and done for me is mechanisms and constraints in assemblies. I design fixturing all the time, occasionally I need to check the range of hydraulic clamps or other components. I also do some design where I need to check movement of parts. To make the long story shot, I'm asking every one who would like to add this capability to Mastercam to jump over to the official forum, hit this link (in the Beta forum): http://forum.mastercam.com/Topic30785.aspx and add your +1 to the enhancement request. Yes, I realize there are other free to cheap softwares like Fusion or Alibre that will do this but I really don't want another software. The R number is R-18660 if any one wants to get on board and does not have access to the Beta forum.
  8. 1 point
    Yep, that got me where I want to be. Thanks for the quick reply Dan
  9. 1 point
    Try these settings on the next page set a number, set a distance it you want to visualize it on the screen
  10. 1 point
    I agree with you on that one!!!! Solidworks user here!!
  11. 1 point
    No.. you need to download them from here Mastercam Tech Exchange
  12. 1 point
    There was a lot of chaos caused I believe in the X3 - X4 upgrade. I've still got an old post with lots of generated error messages. There was a document in the V7 MP documentation to help fix things I think. However, I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to an X9 (went through with file compare and transferred all my modifications to a "fresh" MPMaster post, mainly for the Prod. + codes. It was worth it, everything is much cleaner now as my post editing skills have improved.
  13. 1 point
    I would prefer if they would just fix all of the things that are broken first.
  14. 1 point
    I strongly recommend that you skip the Curve/5X drill module and buy the full 5X module. If you plan on doing more than drilling some holes and very simple 5x curve work you will need the 5X module.
  15. 1 point
    Don't worry. You have plenty of time to figure it out while you are waiting for it to tool change.
  16. 1 point
    That spinning tool must be a swarf conveyors nightmare...
  17. 1 point
    I remember reading a few years ago about turning with what was essentially a round version of this. Basically just a carbide cylinder with the end ground a bit concave, so the force goes into the tool axially. They rotated it continually while cutting so as to always present a cool, edge to the work and to distribute the work along the whole circumference of the tool. Supposedly they got great tool life and MRR. Couldn't find anything on it now, but you can see the tool in the station above the first active tool here: https://www.dmgmori.co.jp/en/theme/movie/id=1685 Edit: Found it:
  18. 1 point
    That last picture is what I hate. It always does a complete pass at the top of the stock when using stock model op. Retarded.
  19. 1 point
    Is it just me or would it have been a much closer race had the conventional been programmed right? I mean, it made a part but cut a good bit of air. That aside, it is pretty dang cool. I've tried to do similar in a Mazak but it took some trickery since I don't have the grinding option and can only G1 B axis in mill mode. I did get the shape I needed but in hindsight I should have just 5axis milled it.
  20. 1 point
    The term "Conventional cutting" comes from the times when a things were run using gears. Conventional cutting would used to zero out the lags due to gear teeth gap. Climb cutting will usually cut less material than it is supposed to as tool will bend away from the cutting material . Conventional cutting will usually cut more material than it is supposed to as the tool tends to bend into the cutting material. So climb cutting is the more preferred method . There is however a time when conventional cutting is useful. If you are trying to cut a hole or an opening and it has to be very precise, you will very soon realize that a say D10 hole which is 20 mm deep and is cut with an 8 mm mill will be slightly conical . Not much , maybe 0.015 per side , but that is enough for a D10 H7 cylinder to become immovable. This is the time to machine this hole (after it has been cut using climb cutting ) using conventional milling that will cut the deep part to be more vertical or techincally vertical. Gracjan
  21. 1 point
    your employer sounds about right, he is talking about climb cutting. the cutter starts out with a large cut and ends with a small cut. the finish will always be better climb cutting vs. conventional. ive heard conventional is better on tool life when roughing, but i climb cut everything. as far a the spindle, i dont think ive ever used m4 in a program, just in mdi to stone down a reamer or something.
  22. 1 point
    I was wondering if this would work. My reseller said it wouldn't save. Guess I could have tried it. Regarding creating separators, add them from the menu on the left then drag them where you want.
  23. 1 point
    This is one I use. When analyzing a feature, you can type in new values for that feature. If you click analyze entities or "F4" and then click on an arc, you can type in a new radius or diameter and hit enter. Lines, click on line and change endpoints. Etc... So rather than doing a transform, projection or offset operation, you can alter the geometry at the point of the analysis, once you hit enter, the entity will change.
  24. 1 point
    If you have the "Auto-cursor" options enabled, you can press the letter of the keyboard shortcut for the "Auto Cursor Override" options. This means to snap to an Arc Center, you press the letter "C" on the keyboard. "M" for Midpoint, "E" for Endpoint, "O" for Origin, "I" for Intersection, "P" for Point, and so on. There is a lot of time to be gained from using these shortcuts.
  25. 1 point
    Many "Power Users" get used to using the "Hide" command (ALT + E). When using "Hide", if you have any geometry selected on the screen, this becomes your "displayed" geometry, and everything else is temporarily hidden. Pressing ALT + E again, un-hides everything. There are a couple useful commands that go along with "Hide", but they are not in the Screen menu by default. (OK, X9 gave us "unhide some" in the main menu at least). So along with the normal "Hide" command (ALT + E), Mastercam also has "Un-hide some", and "Hide More Entities". Both of these commands I find to be extremely useful, so I map them to the F11 and F12 keys on my keyboard. I also customize my Right Mouse Button Menu, and add them to my "Screen" fly-out menu. I use these commands a lot...

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