Mastercam’s Maintenance Release Delivers Advanced Multiaxis Toolpaths and Mastercam X Art


Tolland, CT – CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam X Maintenance Release 2 (MR2). Available to customers May 2006, this release is available to all Mastercam Maintenance customers. MR2 introduces significant new capabilities, including a suite of new advanced multiaxis toolpaths, Mastercam X Art, and much more.

New Advanced Multiaxis Toolpaths

A new engine has been added to the advanced multiaxis toolpaths. This engine provides a customized, streamlined interface that is fine-tuned to specific applications, such as impellers and turbine blades. Depending on what toolpath is being used, Mastercam’s parameter pages display only parameters applicable to the specific toolpath type.

Advanced controls for gouge-checking allow full control of the tool motion. And users are not limited to retracting only along the tool axis; they have several options to select from. Full roughing capability is also available for all of the advanced multiaxis machining strategies, including an option for plunge roughing.

Mastercam X Art

Mastercam Art is now available with Mastercam X. Version 9 Art features and functions have been upgraded and integrated in the Mastercam X interface, including text menus, hot keys, toolbars, and Help. A new Art Manager tracks Art surfaces and operations.

New Additions to Mastercam X Art:

· Art Manager - A new tab located in the Operations Manager puts all the major Art commands right at your fingertips and makes Art easier to use than ever before.

· Wrapping – Mastercam Art lets you wrap your art around a cylinder and cut it. Specify your cylinder dimensions and Art automatically creates an unwrapped cylinder for you to create on.

· Toolpaths – A new toolpath includes roughing and finishing options for the Cylinder Milling Spiral toolpath.

Also new to Art are Art surface generation speed improvements, Art surface quality improvements, the ability to process large files, Art chaining, and much more.

Additional MR2 Enhancements

- A new Rest Roughing high speed machining toolpath provides support for multiple previous operations, as well as external STL/CAD files.

- Modified AutoCursor function improves programming efficiency (FastPoint mode, XYZ mode).

- New Toolpath Manager display options identify what geometry belongs to each operation.

- User-defined Feeds and Speeds deliver better machining control.

- Wirepath Editor is now available with a right-click option in the Toolpath Manager.

- Block drilling enhancements.

About Mastercam
Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis milling and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting, and 2D and 3D routing. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 85,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows 2000 and Windows XP and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems.

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