Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

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About Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

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  1. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    2019 won't open Solidworks file sometimes.

    Look on our mastercam.com forum for possible solutions. If you're importing models into SolidWorks with their '3D Interconnect' functionality turned on, and then saving as .SLDPRT or .SLDASM, we can't import those due to a shortcoming in the SolidWorks-provided software we use to open them.
  2. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Is there a way around Solidworks and Mastercam

    In this post and the previous one, GCode has pretty much summed up the truth about getting SolidWorks files into Mastercam. Well done. I only want to add that using Mastercam for SolidWorks will eliminate some of that grief.
  3. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Problems Opening a Solidworks Assembly

    As far as I know, we still do not have the ability to import the result of those cuts when bringing the SLDASM into Mastercam. This has been a known issue for a while and is do to a technical limitation in the libraries SW provides for importing their native files. Yes - if its exported to Parasolid (.X_T or .X_B) they'll come across to Mastercam, but not from the .SLDASM.
  4. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Mastercam for Solidworks and Solid Features

    You've got mail....
  5. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Mastercam for Solidworks and Solid Features

    If it's a .PRT, it probably is from NX. ProE/Creo parts will usually (but not always) be .PRT.# (where # is a version number) The Mastercam NX importer should bring in the tolerances ... but it is an extra-cost addon (since we pay royalties on it). If you want, I'd be willing to open one here for you and send it back to you as a .MCAM so you can see the data in Mastercam. Email it to pete.rimkus@mastercam.com and make sure you let me know what MC version you want the file for (otherwise I'll assume MC2019).
  6. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Mastercam for Solidworks and Solid Features

    Perhaps - maybe not in the case of network licenses of both SW and MC. If that becomes an issue, then using that 'MBD' option to output to STEP AP242 will get the data into your standard Mastercam session. If you've already got a seat or two of SolidWorks, I'd recommend experimenting with it. There are definitely benefits as far as associativity to the model, working with 'family of parts', and the use of SW 's annotations and tolerances.
  7. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Mastercam for Solidworks and Solid Features

    If you've got a Mastercam license (Mill, Lathe, or Router) then you can run Mastercam for SolidWorks using that license. You don't need a separate license for it. The installer is available as part of the Mastercam installer. Once its installed, open SolidWorks and go to Tools/Addins to load it. The biggest difference you'll notice in MCforSW is in selection, since it uses SolidWorks selection techniques. But the Operations Manager and all the Toopath Parameter dialogs are the same. Having said that, there are a couple functions missing - most notably the old-school Wireframe toolpaths like 2DSwept, 3DSwept, Coons, etc.
  8. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Mastercam for Solidworks and Solid Features

    If the seat of SolidWorks has the MBD addon, that ribbon bar has a button where you can export to STEP AP242. Mastercam will bring in the model and all the features/tolerances from that STEP file. If you do use Mastercam for SolidWorks, then everything you need will be right there in the SolidWorks session.
  9. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Pro-E

    Reko - If you check with your reseller I'm sure they can give you a price for Mastercam's ProE/Creo importer - and it will be much less than the price of a seat of ProE. Also, my seat of SolidWorks "Premium" can import ProE/Creo parts. So depending on the level of SolidWorks you have, maybe yours will too. #Rekd - there are several other CAD products that product .PRT files. ProE/Creo files will almost always be .PRT.#, rather than just .PRT. We received a ,PRT file from a user recently and they were wondering why neither our ProE/Creo nor our Unigraphics/NX importer would open it. Turns out It was from a product called PROCad.
  10. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    It was blue with gray holes - but I have Inventor installed. Attached is the MC2019 .MCAM file. I tried it with only InventorView installed and the whole part is gray - basically what you're seeing on your end. sample-file.mcam
  11. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    Thanks. I'll take a look (and Tech Support will probably send it over to me anyway). Any chance you can send the STEP file? The colors SHOULD come in with that one.
  12. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    I have Inventor ... I opened a part in Inventor that had some colored faces and then did a SaveAs ".STEP". When I open that STEP file into MC 2019 the face colors are there. Anyway I can get my hands on one of the customer's STEP files? It won't leave my computer.
  13. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    With a STEP file we should be bringing in the colors properly (assuming Inventor puts them in there). That option will, if checked, ignore the colors in the incoming file and just use MC defaults. If unchecked, it will try to use whatever colors it can find in the incoming file.
  14. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    The Mastercam importer of Inventor parts and assemblies will work if either Inventor or InventorView is installed. Due to the differences in the ways we can access data via the two, having Inventor itself installed leads to a better import . Only in that case can we get color information, as well as any 3D MBD Annotation information. We don't have access to the color information when InventorView is installed. That doesn't leave you with a lot of options unfortunately - both 1) trying to get the customer to send you a different format; and 2) purchasing Inventor; involve some pain on your side.
  15. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    mastercam issue with inventor imported files

    I'm not seeing that problem here with MC2019 and with Inventor 2019 installed. What version of Mastercam are you running? And are do you have Inventor or InventorView installed? Can you send me a file or two?

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