Mastercam 2019 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. 2D high speed toolpaths, 3D enhancements, and multiaxis features combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a software package intended to improve shop floor productivity.
A new toolpath, Model Chamfer, is now available for 2D machining. This toolpath allows you to machine safe horizontal chamfers on solid models. After selecting your geometry, Model Chamfer has several unique parameters to further control the toolpath.
Maintain sharp corners is now available for standard 2D Contour and Pocket toolpaths. This new option allows you to roll the toolpath around sharp corners and is available when you enter a positive value for Stock to leave on walls.
A new 3D high speed toolpath, Equal Scallop, creates a consistent scallop motion relative to stepover distance, and produces a superior surface finish. Equal Scallop generates clean, noise-free motion with the ability to smooth out sharp corners or convert the motion to a spiral approach while avoiding stepover moves.
The linking process time for Area Roughing toolpaths has been improved, specifically for parts with many pockets and small stepdowns. This improves the overall processing time for high speed machining applications that use highfeed endmills.
Projected boundary smoothing tolerance has been added for Hybrid and Equal Scallop toolpaths. When you project a containment boundary onto the machining model, the resulting projected boundary can be jagged or noisy, especially near steep features. Use this option to allow Mastercam to improve the quality of the projected boundary.
A new toolpath, Deburr, can be used to break edges for 3- to 5-axis, and to remove burrs. Deburr can be used with the ball end mill and the lollipop with undercut tools.
Morph and Parallel toolpaths now support a gradual Front shift which keeps the tool in better contact with the part, without placing excess wear on the tool’s leading and trailing edges. Without it, the tool cuts across the part with the tool’s edge.
Curve, Swarf, Flow, Multisurface, Port, and Rotary toolpaths are now multithreaded. This allows Mastercam to operate while the toolpaths generate and allows for speed improvements in multiple and offset cut calculations.
Other powerful tools in Mastercam 2019 Mill include:
- Check an operation’s tool holder for interference with the part with Check Holder enhancements.
- Accelerated Finishing technology has two new tool types, Lens Form and Taper Form.
- Skip Pocket Smaller Than is a new parameter that allows you to skip pockets based on the tool diameter percent, rather than by entering a dedicated size of the pocket.
- New Point Selection Workflow
- Transitions Feed Rate allows you to set which feed rate is used during transition moves for Waterline toolpaths.
You can learn more about these and dozens of additional enhancements to Mastercam Mill at whatsnew.mastercam.com.
About CNC Software, Inc.
Founded in 1983, CNC Software, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tolland, CT, with corporate offices in Switzerland and China. The company develops Mastercam, a suite of CAD/CAM software created to reduce production time and expense with efficient machining strategies and advanced toolpath technologies. Mastercam is a CAM software, with more than 250,000 installations in industries such as moldmaking, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, education, and prototyping. It is distributed through an international channel of authorized Mastercam Resellers in 75 countries, providing localized sales, training, and support for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design; surface and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting; and Swiss machining.
For more information, visit www.mastercam.com.