Mastercam 2017, the latest in the line of powerful Mastercam machining software, will be launched at IMTS booth # E-3340 this week. This latest release introduces a more efficient workflow, improved usability, Dynamic Motion improvements, and much more.
Mastercam 2017 features a new ribbon interface and makes it easier to find the functions you need to complete your tasks. The ribbon tabs group similar functions and displays them in order from simple to more complex. Each tab relates to a type of activity, from creating wireframe geometry to generating toolpaths. Editing functions are on the same tab as creation functions so you have all the tools you need, when you need them.
According to the company, Mastercam's Dynamic Motion technology can slash machine time by as much as 75%. And, Dynamic Motion will help users get the most out of any machine in their shop—new or old. Mastercam's Dynamic Motion technology extends tool life, reduces cycle time, saves wear and tear on machines, and cuts hard materials more easily. New to 2017, micro lifts now use a line-of-sight approach to move the tool where it needs to go through unobstructed areas. This results in reposition moves during micro lifting that are more efficient, less complex, and travel a shorter distance.
Also new is Maximum Stock Engagement for select 3D HST Finishing toolpaths, allowing users to select a previously made stock model and set the maximum depth so that you can limit how deeply the cutter engages uncut material. HST Raster allows you to limit raster passes relative to a cutoff distance, and then fills in the limited area with perpendicular raster motion to create a clean result. Mastercam Mill-Turn now supports multiple sessions, multiple Machine Groups, and multi-station tool locators for turrets as well as half index positions.
See the preview video here.