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The unused Mastercam Handyman’s Toolbox

One of the many questions I find with Mastercam users is ‘Where do I will find certain features?’ or ‘I keep forgetting where to go when I want to use certain features like: Where is my polygon feature? Where do I go when I want to create a surface from a solid? Is it possible to hide/unhide and entities? Why do I always struggle to find my solids shell feature? Luckily, Mastercam has a very useful feature that can make … Read More

Multiaxis Machining 101: How It Works and Its Benefits

As automation and Industry 4.0 take the manufacturing world by storm, multiaxis machining is becoming a common topic of discussion in shops globally. The reason? Multiaxis machining enables faster, more complex machining with less human labor. What is Multiaxis Machining? Traditional milling has been around for over 200 years, but 3-axis milling was not invented until 1861, when Brown & Sharpe created the Universal Milling Machine. This machine, as with all traditional 3-axis milling machines, could move in three linear directions. Machining … Read More

Integrate, Automate and Dominate

As a Manufacturing company, you know what it feels like to be pressed for time, to make sure all processes are correct and in place. Lastly, to ensure that everyone is on par and knows what to do. Frequently Asked Questions we get from our Customers: Am I costing this project correctly? I don’t know if I have the capacity to do the project? Have I planned correctly? Do I have enough stock, time, and manpower to complete this project … Read More

Three Ways Mastercam 2022 Saves You CNC Machining Time

Time is money, and Mastercam 2022 is built with new, user-driven advancements that can help any programmer—regardless of the size of their shop—shave off time spent machining. Explore three new ways Mastercam 2022 can help you save CNC machining time. 1. Updates to 3D High Speed Dynamic OptiRough Mastercam’s proprietary Dynamic Motion technology has been saving user’s programming and machining time for over a decade. These contemporary machining strategies are designed to keep a tool in an optimum cutting condition, where it is shearing … Read More

The Dongle end-of-life

Many CAD/CAM software products have made use of HASP dongles as license activation methods. SigmaNEST was no different. Long-term users of SigmaNEST most probably have been using these dongles for many years and until recently without problem or concern. As technology and operating systems develop, so does the software that is incorporated with IT infrastructure. With the latest versions of SigmaNEST, dongles have completely been phased out and replaced by Software License Keys. SigmaNEST users that are on an active … Read More

How Mastercam OptiRough Can Save You Hours of CNC Programming Time

CNC programmers spend a portion of their time in an office environment programming complicated parts before they can be machined. Reducing programming time frees up CNC programmers to program more parts and allows them to be more hands-on throughout the machining process. Thanks to the updates with Mastercam OptiRough in our latest release, more CNC programmers have access to this time-saving tool. What is Mastercam OptiRough? The Dynamic OptiRough in Mastercam 2022 is the same widely-used and trusted technology that users have been employing … Read More

Why use Offline Robot Programming Software and how to get started

If you have added manufacturing robots to your facility, you are already aware of the advantages they provide and the ROI. Robots do have a downside, however, when it comes to programming—most of the time, they must be offline to be updated or programmed, which means production delays and lost revenue. One solution is to use Offline Robot Programming Software (OLP), which allows you to generate robotic code and then upload it to the robots without any downtime. Since it’s … Read More

Behind-the-Scenes In the Mastercam Manufacturing Lab

The Mastercam Manufacturing Lab is an essential testing ground for immediate and hands-on feedback. We run toolpaths and prove out new techniques in similar conditions to what you face every day. We regularly cycle through new equipment so we can replicate a variety of shop conditions and capabilities. From multiaxis milling machines and mill-turns to routers, lathes, and Swiss machines, we test a breadth of machines from a variety of manufacturers—from the latest, top-of-the-line machine tools to common workhorse machines. … Read More

CIMCO goes to HEL

With machines running round the clock, lights-out and hundreds of orders being despatched daily, HEL Performance was struggling with keeping NC programs safe and organised. Over the last two decades HEL® Performance has proven itself as an industry leader in brake line manufacturing and gained a solid reputation for both their quality and service. However, with machines running round the clock, lights-out and hundreds of orders being despatched daily, HEL Performance was struggling with keeping NC programs safe and organised – and … Read More

5 New Mastercam 2022 Features You Need to Know

Meet Mastercam 2022. You spoke, and we listened. Since the release of Mastercam 2021, the Mastercam User Experience team has surveyed countless users, conducted usability tests inside and outside of Mastercam headquarters, and spent hours and hours trying to reduce mouse miles. The result is Mastercam 2022—a powerful new release driven largely by customer feedback. Now we invite you to explore the features that you requested—like more advanced roughing in 2D machining and improved workability with meshes—and to find out … Read More

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