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MWearne last won the day on January 12 2023

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  1. I have a link on our blog... https://blog.caminstructor.com/whats-the-best-computer-for-mastercam
  2. If you can hold off another year, the 15th gen intels could be worth the wait. All just speculation until a chip is released and tested, but the hype 'Arrow Lake will make major leaps in single-threaded performance' is enticing seeing as the 14th gens are pushing 6Ghz now. And, with DDR5 another year older, maybe it'll be getting a bit better. But if you have to upgrade now, as others have mentioned, don't get a laptop unless you absolutely need mobility. Towers are key to airflow and heat management. CPU, get the latest i9. Ram, you probably don't need more than 32GB, not many do, and its an easy upgrade later if you find you need it (the 32GB setup will be faster unless you're maxing out ram). Video, no one has proved to me you need a quadro for Mastercam. If your company is footing the bill, go get an RTX A5000 anyway, if you're on a tighter budget, an RTX 4070 will be plenty.
  3. HLE cannot, to my knowledge, convert from .mcam to .emcam. I would guess a Save As was done in HLE and the original file exists somewhere...or was manually deleted?
  4. I would suggest 2022 or 2024. Either jump into a better implementation of the new MGS or don't touch it at all.
  5. All those extra goodies they put into the toolpaths every year take extra time to calculate, eg leads, retracts, etc. In my limited research, I've found 2021 to be the fastest version...at least for this benchmark file. Things may be different with other toolpaths and other systems. Question is, are you ok with with more toolpath control in exchange for calc time? I think we mostly are, specially if we are running the latest and greatest CPUs which make this lost time almost a non factor...think running mcam2021 on an intel 10th gen (greatest CPU at that time) vs mcam2024 on intel 13th gen (best now). The newer chip is so much faster that the toolpath with more information to crunch will take less time. Numbers for me today with this file, sample size of 1.... 2021 3:25 2024 3:40
  6. Do you have a 3D license? File works here on both 2023 and 2024...and everything before those. Would be very surprised if it just 'broke' for no reason.
  7. Ever since the last couple windows updates I can't even use Code Expert, crashes on launch. (I'm not an update roll backer so I'm stuck with broken CE) Solution seems to be use Cimco. Doesn't crash. Loads faster. Bonus, no splash screen. Or just don't close Code Expert. Then you don't have to wait for it to load every time you post.
  8. During the plane edit, you can grab an arc in the gnomon and rotate 180. Not an instant flip but still gets the job done.
  9. A visual for anyone looking into this...
  10. I like tip comp move, I'm not liking the radio button switch. My post was meant to point our if the radio buttons were removed due to space limitations, tightening up the tip comp as shown would provide extra space.
  11. I was indifferent to this change initially but the more I use it, the more I prefer the old way. If lack of room is the issue, maybe tightening up the TIp Comp section provides enough room...
  12. Not a fan of 'US' naming either. Guess there was only two of us making noise about it during beta? Everyone else must have loved it since it stayed. Maybe the 'Metric' option needs to be changed to 'SI' since that is the standard naming used in ASME Y14.5M. That could be a 2025 update. Just another change for the sake of making a change. Way too much of this going on in recent releases.

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