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............................... 7 Separate Installationfor Mastercam Art ..................................... 3 GeneralSystem Enhancement.................... 1 BeforeYouBegin ............................ 1 If Y o uNeed More Help ................................ 9 Tutorial: Creatinga new view using DynamicPlane .............................................. 7 New Mastercam File Extensions............... 17 AssigningColorsto SolidFaces..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 s InstallationLocationChanges...17 SolidPatterns .......................................9 Spin Controls................................................................................................................................................. 13 New VisualCues ...................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Mastercam CustomerFeedbackProgram .... 30 ......................................................................... 21 Tutorial: Creatinga circularsolid pattern ..................................................................................................... 2 Additional Documentation ................ 17 Tutorial: Setting colors for solid faces and features .....III C ontents Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................25 e Modeless Solid DialogBoxes ...................................................... 8 DynamicPlane Improvements............................................................................................ 13 ResizingDialogs....................................21 Solidand Surface Analysis Tools ........................................................................................................................... 14 ToolbarHighlight ................ 14 DefaultChangefor ImportingSolids .......................................................... 25 Tutorial: Analyzingdraft angles and part curvatur ........ 15 Design Enhancements .... 14 File TranslatorUpdates ...........
........................................................................................................................................................38 n UnselectingPoints in D rill Point Selection.............................46 M ill Level1 Enhancements.......................88 .........58 Island Facing in 2D HSTToolpaths...............49 Tutorial: Creatingdynamic area milland core milltoolpaths.............88 Tutorial: Creatinga multiaxistoolpath.64 C ircleM illImprovements...42 Setup Sheet/ActiveReports Improvements...............................32 General Mill Enhancements............... ImprovedBolt CircleCreation....................................................................66 th FB MM ill..............43 DefaultSetting for LockingFeed Rates ...........................................65 TransformToolpa Enhancements.......................81 Solid ChainSupportin MultiaxisToolpaths ............................................46 Offsetand ProfileToleranceControlsMoved..................................................................................................................................................................37 Tutorial:Using machi e simulation..................................49 New 2D HSTToolpaths...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 H Mastercam Machine Simulation............77 M ill Level3 Enhancements............................30 Tutorial: Creatinga circle based on a tap size.........35 New ToolLibraryFormat.............81 New 3D HSTToolpaths...IV • WHAT’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 EnteringQuickArc Diameters..........35 ISC A R EMSupport ........................................................................85 New MultiaxisToolpaths...................................................................................................................................................................................30 ..........35 ToolAssemblies .................................86 ImprovedMultiaxisToolpathInterface..................................................................................................................................................................74 FBMD rill...................................................................................................................50 Tutorial: Creatinga dynamiccontourtoolpath.............
....................... 102 W CS Support for ATP SinglePart Processing ........................................ 135 N C ISupportfor New Wire Power Libraries. 130 o Post Enhancements ............................................... 118 ToolCompensationEnhancements............................................................................................................... 105 New Plunge Turn Toolpath...................... 121 TurnProfileEnhancements................................................................... 115 Cutoff Toolpa Enhancements................................................................V RouterEnhancements........................................................................... 101 B lockD rillSupportin FBM D rill.................. 115 th Roughing ToolpathImprovements................................................................................................................................................... 131 Eject StockOptionfor Lathe 903 Line ...................................................... 125 A rtEnhancements ...................................................................................................................... 125 New Power LibraryFormat............ 117 PlungeParameters ................... 136 ..................................... 131 N C ILinesfor TransformCustom Parameters ...........................................Front ClearanceAngle....... 105 Tutorial: Creatingplunge turn toolpaths......................................................................................................... 119 BoringBar HolderImprovements.......... 104 LatheEnhancements......................................................... 129 New Art Toolpaths.................. 134 20800 NCILine for M ultiaxisComp in Control.......................................................................... 102 AutomaticToolpathing Enhancements................................................................................................. 122 Wire Enhancements....... 129 Exportto 256-Col r GrayscaleImages .................................105 Stock Eject Optionfor ChuckMiscellaneousOperations......... 101 ImportingSolids into ToolpathNesting ..............................
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You can quickly access some of Mastercam X5’s new and exciting featu res through the Wha t’s New dialog box that displays the first time you sta rt Mastercam X5. What’s New from the Mastercam menu. To get back to this dialog box at any time.Introduction Welcome to Mastercam X5! Mastercam X5 featu res a new sui te of CAD/CAM tools focused on delivering speed and efficiency for your machin ing jobs. and learn the basics about all Mastercam X5 has to offer. watch videos. choose Help. Before You Begin Wha t’s New in Mastercam X5 outlines the new featu res in each Mastercam product level. you can see examples of new featu res. Note: Some of the options shown in the Wha t’s New dialog box are only available if you have certain products enabled on your Mastercam SIM. By clicking on topics on the left side of the dialog box. We are sure that you will benef it from what Mastercam X5 has to offer you and your shop. Each chapt er’s title corresponds to the Mastercam produ ct that contains the .
Contents from Mastercam’s menu bar or by pressing [Alt+H] on your keyboard. at ww w.2 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 5 featu res.\Documentation\ExampleParts folder of your Mastercam installation. Start Mastercam using your prefer red method: Double-cli ck Mastercam’s desk top icon. If You Need More Help There are many ways to get help with Mastercam.ma stercam. Technical Support—CNC Softw are’s Technical Support department (860-8755006 or suppo rt@m aste rca m. the Mill Level 1 Enhancements chapter discusses new functional ity that you can access in Mastercam X5 Mill Level 1 or higher. Or Launch Mastercam from the Windows Start menu. You must have installed your Mastercam X5 product s. For 32-bit Wind ows system s. com.ma ste rcamedu. inclu ding many videos. To complet e these tutorials.com) is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. You can also find a wealth of information. loc ated at www. For exam ple. 64-bit Wind ows syste ms use C:\Program Files (x86)\mcamx5. Documentation feedback —For quest ions about this or other Mastercam documentation. to 5:30 p. an affo rdabl e. USA Eastern Standard Time. TutorialRequirements Many chap ters in this book contain short tutorials on new features in Mastercam X5. Maste rcam Reseller—Your local Maste rcam Reseller can help with most questions about Mast ercam.emastercam. including the following: Mastercam Help—Access Mastercam Help by selecting Help.m. All tutorial files are located in the . For more info rmat ion on Mastercam University.c om. Mastercam University—CNC Software sponsors Mastercam Univer sity.c om and www. . you should meet the following requireme nts: You must be comfo rtable using the Windows® operating system. that opens Maste rcam Online help—You can search for information or ask que stions on the Mastercam Web forum. con tact the Technical Documentation departme nt by e-mail at techdoc s@mast ercam. online learning tool with more than 180 videos to let you master skills at your own pace.com. Also. most dialog boxes and ri bbon bars fea ture a Help bu tton Help directly to related info rmation.. these files are stored in C:\Program Files\mcamx5.
This prog ram can not and will not collect data for the pur pose of reverse enginee ring. The data is used only for quality and product imp rovement purpose s. Inc. It helps give CNC an idea of the relative value of various functionalities within its products.ma stercamu. If you choose to turn thi s functionality on.INTRODUCTION • 3 please conta ct your Authorized Mastercam Reselle r. visit ww w. No sensi tive. Additional Documentation You can find more information on using Mastercam in the following material s. automat ically collecting and sending usage information to CNC Software.co m. pers onal. (CNC). The program is completely volunta ry. or email traini ng@m astercam. The data does not inclu de user mod el data or any informat ion that could be used to re-create model s. it runs during every Mastercam session.co m. or otherwise private data will be gathe red. located in the \Documentation folder of your Mastercam insta llation: Mastercam X5 Installation Guide Mastercam X5 Administ rator Guide Mastercam X5 Quick Start Mastercam X5 Reference Guide Mastercam X5 Transition Guide Mastercam X5 Quick Reference Card Mastercam X5 Wire Getting Started Guide Version 9 to X Function Map Mastercam X5 NCI & Paramet er Reference Mastercam X5 Post Debugger User’s Guide Mastercam CustomerFeedbackProgram The Mastercam Customer Feedback Program is an opti onal data feedback tool. IMPOR TANT: The Mastercam Customer Feedback Program will at no time collect data that is not relative to Mastercam. .
4 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 The program is turned off by default. To change your participat ion settings. You can change your status at any time. select Customer Feedback Program from the Help menu. The types of data that Mastercam collects includes the following: The Mastercam build number Your SIM number . You must choose to participate in the prog ram by clicking the option shown below in the Mastercam Custo mer Feedback Program dialog box. To particip ate. This dialog box appea rs the first time you open Mastercam after an install. select the “Yes” option and click OK.
The next time you start Mastercam. and which are used the least? Which file translators are used. • You can turn your participation settings on and off at any time during a Maste rcam session. menu) CNC combines the data gathered from Mastercam Customer Feedback Program particip ants to answer the following types of quest ions: Which Mastercam funct ions are used the most.INTRODUCTION • 5 The name of the function you called and how you acce ssed it (toolbar button. • If you do not have an Internet connectio n. and how often? Which C-Hooks are used and how often? Which commands are used sequent ially or in conjuncti on with each other? Note: The lists above are not comp rehensive. • If you are running the Mastercam Customer Feedback Program. the data is saved to your local drive. an icon (shown below) displays in your Windows program tray in the bottom right corner of your comp uter screen. If you are running the Mastercam Customer Feedba ck Program. the program attempts to send the data. Notes: • Participating in this program does not impact your processing time or computer performan ce. If the data cannot be sent over a period of five days. hot keys. • The data gathered by this program is sent to CNC when you exit Mastercam. it is auto matically purged from your system. . or after a specific numb er of transactions. These are examples of the types of data CNC collects. the tool automatically closes when you exit Mastercam.
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For 32-bit Windows system s. This change requires that user-modifiable data be reloc ated from the installation location to two different locations. Operating System Data Locations Wind ows XP Use r-specific data: C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\My Documents\my mcamx5 Shar ed data: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\shared mcamx5 Windows Vista and Use r-specific data: C:\Users\<Username>\DocuWindows 7 ments\my mcamx5 Shar ed data: C:\Users\Public\Documents\shared mcamx5.RMD-5 .DEFAULTS-5 .GMD-5 .TOOLS-5 . 64-bit Windows systems use C:\Program Files (x86)\mcamx5 and C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Mastercam. Post. see the Mastercam X5 Installation Guide and the Mastercam X5 Transition Guide inst alled in your Mastercam installation \Documentation folder. New Mastercam F ileExtensions Mastercam file name exte nsions now include a vers ion numbe r.EMCX-5 .MMD-5 . NC. and NCI file extensions are unaffected.LMD-5 .WMD-5 The POWER.GeneralSystem Enhancements InstallationLocation Changes To be more compatible with Microsoft® guidelines and secu rity measu res.MATERIALS-5 . non-mo difiable files (including documentation) are stored in C:\Program Files\mcamx5 and C:\Program Files\Common Files\Mastercam.CONTROL-5 . the default installat ion directory for Mastercam is now C:\Program Files\mcamx5 for 32-bit ope rating systems and C:\Program Files (x86)\mcamx5 for 64-bit opera ting system s.MCX-5 . . The following file types are affected: . For more information. depend ing on whether the data is userspecific or sha red.OPERATIONS-5 .
view. If you do not have Art install ed. Note: You must have a licensed copy of Mastercam Art to modify or create Art surfaces and operations. you can still impo rt. and machine Art models.8 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTER CAM X5 Separate Installationfor Mastercam Art In Mastercam X5. . To install. select the Mastercam Art option from the installation interface. Mastercam Art is not automatically installed with all other Mastercam product s. The Art Design Library is only installed if you select the Art Sample Files duri ng installat ion.
MCX-5. and automaticall y align the Work Coordinate System ( WCS) to your new view.GENERAL SYS TEM ENHANCEMENTS • 9 DynamicPlaneImprovements You can now access the inte ractive Dynamic Plane gnomon from the View Manager. click WCS and select View Manager from the men u. Ope n. . The Dynamic Planes dialog box has also been enhanced. Click the Create From button to return to the graphics window and make a new view based on the currently selected view. 4 On the status bar at the bottom of the screen. 2 Go to . The View Manager dialog box open s. you can now name the view you created using the inte ractive gno mon. Within the dialog box.. Creating a new view using DynamicPlane 1 From the Mastercam menu. 3 Press [Alt +S] to shade the part surfaces and make it easier to select geomet ry. choose File.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select NEW_VIEW. assign a work offset code.
. 6 The next step is to reposition the view origin. The Dynamic Plane dialog box displays and the dynamic gnomon appea rs in the graphics wind ow at the cur rent view origin. Click once on the ball that represents the gnomo n’s origin and then drag it to the left end of the front edge of the part.10 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTER CAM X5 5 Click Create From to make a new view based on the current Top view.
GENERAL SYS TEM ENHANCEMENTS • 11 TIP: Use the AutoCursor position indicator to make sure you select the endpoi nt of the line. 7 Click on the second leg of the Y axis (the piece bet ween the arrowhead and the letter Y) and rotate it 90 degrees to point towards the back of the part. 8 Click again to set the Y axis posi tion. .
Click OK to close the View Manage r. 10 Select Set as WCS to change the WCS to the new view. type MY VIEW as the name of the new view. .12 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTER CAM X5 9 In the Dynamic Plane dialog box. 12 The icon indicating which view is the cur rent WCS has moved to the new view. 11 Click OK to return to the View Manager.
GENERAL SYS TEM ENHANCEMENTS • 13 Spin Controls Spin controls have been added to geomet ry creation and Xform functions to make it easier to enter values. . Click on a spin cont rol to inc rementally increase or dec rease a parameter value. A tool tip lists your settings so you no longer have to open the Entity Attributes Manager to see the m. New VisualCues The background color of the Attrib utes button changes to red when the Entity Attributes Manager is active. Set spin control incremen ts from the Spin Control property page in the System Configu ration dialog box.
DefaultChangefor Importing Solids Prior to Mastercam X5. when you roll the mouse over the Only button. You no longer have to open the Only dialog box to see your setting s. the system momenta rily high lights the new toolbar by display ing a flashing rectangle around the toolbar. when you impo rted a solid using one of the Mastercam file converter s. In an effort to . a tooltip lists you r masking selections.14 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTER CAM X5 In addition. Resizable dialogs have a gripper at the lower right corner of the dialog box. ToolbarHighlight When you acti vate a toolbar (ei ther using the Toolbar States dialog or the right-click Toolbars menu ). wireframe edge curves were created on all the solid edges. ResizingDialogs This additional funct ionality has been appl ied to many Mastercam dialog boxes and imp roves their usabilit y.
Configuration from the Mastercam menu. choo se Set tings. Note: You can turn this option on or off for indi vidual files using the Options button in the File Open dialog box. F ile Updates Translator ACIS: R20 SP2 Autodesk Invent or: 2011 ProEngineer: Can now read files created in Educational version of ProE SolidWorks: 2010 SP2.1 Unigraphics: NX7 . To turn thi s option on.GENERAL SYS TEM ENHANCEMENTS • 15 reduce part size and complexity. this option is now off by default. and select the Edge curves check box on the Converters pag e.
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. Face/fe ature color s. and face colors are appl ied over the featu re color.Design Enhancements Assigning Colorsto Solid Faces These new functions assign different colors to individual solid faces and featu res. 4 From the Mastercam menu. 5 Select color 138 by either typing the number in the Color dialog box or selecting the color from the grid. featu re colors are applied over the solid color. Mastercam applies colors over the solid body according to a set hierarchy.. 3 Press [Alt + S] to shade the part surface s. 7 Select the part floor and the face sur rounding the large center hol e. Set solid face colo r. choose Solids.MCX-5. Ope n. Use these colors to more easily select solid areas for toolpathing and other operations. Setting colors for solid faces and features 1 From the Mastercam menu.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select SET_SOLID_COLORS. 2 Go to . 8 Click End Select ion in the General Select ion ribbon bar to comple te the face select ion. 6 Click OK to complete the color select ion. choose File. In this hierarchy.
10 Click Set solid feature color on the Solids toolbar. . 12 Click OK to complete the color select ion. 9 Click the Sol ids tab in the Ope rations Manager to access the Solids Manage r.18 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 The selected areas now display with an orange face color applied over the green solid colo r. 11 Select color 9 by either typing the number in the Color dialog box or selecting the color from the grid.
UsingFace and Feature Colorsfor ToolpathSelection Once you have assigned colors to solid faces and featu res. 14 Click End Select ion in the General Selection ribbon bar to comple te the feature selection. Click OK on both dialogs to proceed. 2 Choose Toolpaths. . you can use those colors to make selection easier for surface toolpaths. Note: Maste rcam may display two prompts . Surface High Speed to create a new surface toolpath. Note: The following exercise requires Mastercam Mill Level 3.one regarding Advanced 3D Toolpa th Refinement and one to set the NC file name for your toolpath.DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 19 13 Click on Drill holes 1 through 8 in the Solids Manage r. 1 From the Mastercam menu. choose Machine Type. Mill. Mastercam now highlights solid faces in the cur rent selection color when selecting for machi ning. Default to select the default mill machine definition. The part display updates as you click on each featu re. In addit ion.
Both of the orange solid areas are selected. . 6 Select color 138 and click OK. 5 Click the Color button. 4 Click All on the General Selection ribbon bar.20 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 3 Click Activate solid selection on the Gene ral Selecti on ribbon bar to pick solids for the toolpath. The Select All dialog box lists the colors you added to the model.
. 9 (Optional) Complete the surface toolpath by selec ting a tool and entering the toolpath parameter s. 7 Press [Enter] to return to the Circular pattern dialog box. choose Solids. 4 From the Mastercam menu. 6 Select the small bone-shaped featu re near the center of the part. you can create a pat tern of solid features by selecting source geomet ry and producing mult iple copies of it on a part in a grid (rectang ular pat tern) or around a center point (circular pattern). 3 Press [Alt + S] to shade the part surface s. 2 Go to . Solid Patterns In Mastercam X5.. Pattern.MCX-5. Ope n. 8 Click OK on the Toolpath/s urface selection dialog box to confirm the surfaces you want to mac hine.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select PATTERNS. choose File. Circular pattern. Creatinga circularsolid pattern 1 From the Mastercam menu. 5 Click the Select source button on the Circular pattern dialog box to pick a solid featu re.DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 21 7 Click End Select ion in the General Selection ribbon bar to comple te the feature selection. You can also click in the graphics window to place copies (manual patte rn).
22 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 The green check mark next to the Solid Feature option shows that you succe ssfully selected a solid feature. . 8 In the Parameters group box. Note: The Angle parameter is disabled because Mastercam automatically calculates the angle betwe en instances when you select Full circle. The part dynamica lly updates as you chan ge the number. increase the number of instances to 7 and select the Full circle check box.
3 Click the Reset instances but ton to replace the copies you removed. . 4 Click OK to close the Circular pattern dialog box. You can also make changes to the original geometry and the changes are reflected throughout the solid pattern. 1 Click the Remove ins tances button and click on any two of the copies on the part. you can adjust the number of instances in the solid pat tern. 6 Click on the Parameters icon for the Ext rude Boss feature to make changes to the original geomet ry.DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 23 Editing the Pattern Results Using the following steps. 5 Click the Sol ids tab in the Ope rations Manager to access the Solids Manager. 2 Press [Enter] to return to the Circular pattern dialog box.
11 Press [F1] and zoom in on any of the bosses to inspect the change s. The boss is marked as “dirty” and needs regeneration.0 for the distance to reduc e the height of the bos s.24 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 7 On the Ext rude Chain dialog box. . 9 Click OK to close the Extru de Chain dialog box. 8 Enter 2. 10 Click Regen all in the Solid Manager. The original boss and all the copies from the circular pattern are updated. select the Draft check box to tilt the walls of the boss.
Test Surf aces and Sol ids. Analyzing draft angles and part curvature 1 From the Mastercam menu. These new functions shade areas of the model with user-specified colors and suppo rt both surfaces and solids.MCX-5. choose File. 2 Go to . . 4 From the Mastercam menu. Ope n. Draft angle.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select ANALYZE. choose Analyze. 5 Click Regener ate the display to see the initial analysis resul ts. 3 Press [Alt + S] to shade the part surface s..DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 25 Solid and Surface AnalysisTools Analyze the curvature of a surface to identify unde rcuts and minimum radius with two new Analyze funct ions: Analyze Draft Angle and Analyze Curvatu re.
. select color 158 from the Color dialog box and click OK. Remainder (what is not marked by another color) Horizontal Positive angle less than 3 degrees Vertical 6 Click the Vertical surface color button.26 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 The part displays with color coding to indic ate diffe rent draft angle condit ions. . The new vertical color displays immedi ately.
The vertical area redu ces based on the tighter criteria. . 10 Click Regener ate the display to see the initial analysis resul ts. Curvature. Test Surfaces and Solids. 9 From the Mastercam menu. 8 Click OK to close the Analyze Draft Angle dialog box.0 for the Positive angle less than field and press [Enter]. . choose Analyze.7 Type 1.
0 for the Radius less than field and press [Enter]. Radius less than 2 mm Flat Remainder (what is not marked by another color) 11 Type 1. 14 . 12 Select the Display only internal radii check box.The part displays with color coding to indicate different types of curves. This option shades all fillets that are internal from the perspective of the reference plane and less than the value ente red in the Radius less than setti ng. 13 Deselect the Flat check box to make it easier to see the internal curves. Change the Remainder color to 159 by ente ring the number or by selecting it from the Color dialog box.
15 Press [F1] and draw a zoom win dow around the area shown in the following picture. 16 Click OK to close the Analyze Curvature dialog box. or concave. The red areas show whe re material could be left behi nd when your toolpath uses a tool with a corner radius larger than the internal. radii in your part geomet ry. .
Arc. EnteringQuickArc Diameters In Mastercam X5. 2 Go to . . Ope n. choose File.30 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Modeless Solid DialogBoxes You can now access immediate mode functio ns. 3 If needed. Creating a circle based on a tap size 1 From the Mastercam menu. while any Solid dialog box is open.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select ADD_TAP_HOLE. such as Fit and Zoom. they return to the funct ion.. 6 Click again to set the tempor ary circle diamete r. Circle Center Point. Standa rd letter and number drill and tap sizes have been added to all Mastercam calculable field s. 4 From the Mastercam menu. and when they have finished. you can specify diameters quickly and without consult ing paper drill cha rts. choose Create.MCX-5. 5 Click on the blue point above the cen ter circle and drag outward to draw a temporary circle. Immedi ate mode functions interrupt a function. press [Alt + S] to shade the part surface s.
DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 31 7 Right-click in the Diameter field on the Circle Center Point ribbon bar and select B = Tap tables to access the tap drill sizes list . . 9 Click OK to select the hole size. Mastercam automat ically fills in the cor rect diameter to accommodate the selected tap size.75 metric tap size. 8 Select the M12x1.
Notes: • You can also type # and a drill number from 1-97. Draw circles arou nd a full circle or along a total sweep angle. .NEThook and is now a function of Mastercam.32 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 10 Click OK on the Circle Center Point ribbon bar to complete the circle. ImprovedBoltCircleCreation Bolt circle is no longer a . Remove individual circles. Create a center point. • You can choose Solid hole diameter from the right-click menu to have Maste rcam return the diameter of a selected solid hole. It has also been enhanced to give you the ability to: Draw circles in 2D or wrapped around a diamet er. if desi red. or type # and a drill letter from A-Z in a calculable field to aut omatically enter the correct diameter (English units only). Preview and. flip the results.
DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS • 33 Select Create. . Bolt Circle from the Mastercam menu to access the function.
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The new TOOLDB database format not only suppo rts libraries of tools. Libraries with a . This is the same file form at used in prior versi ons and continues to be the native file format for MCX-5 files. but also has the ability to store mate rials. Tool Assemblies Associating a tool with a holder is now possible in Mastercam X5. Also.GeneralM illEnhancements New Tool Library Format Mastercam X5 supp orts two diffe rent tool library database formats.(default) updates all other ope rations in the same machi ne group referencing this tool. if you changed the holde r. the following dialog box displays: You can select one of the following three options: Update asse mbly and all ope rations that use the assembly . This new database is just the first step in an effort to impr ove tool suppo rt in Mastercam.TOOLDB exte nsion will use a new SQL-style database format. if you assigned a holder to a tool in an ope ration and recalled that tool later. tool assemblies and cutt ing parameters. tool holder s.TOOLS-5 extension use the traditional Mastercam proprietary database format. Once a holder is added to a tool. the holder would be lost and have to be reconfigured for each subseq uent ope ration. the resulting tool assembly can be used in sub sequent operations without further user inte raction beyond normal tool selection. you would have to remember to go back and change every operation that refe renced it individually. Prior to this modific ation. When this happen s. This new format makes it easier for tool manufac turers and other third-party developers to interface with Mastercam. The only inte raction change occurs when you need to modify a holder and the tool assembly is referenced in more than one operation. Tool libraries with the . .
Dynamic Rest Mill. The HEM calculations use the neces sary attributes stored with the tool in the tool library. Note: The current Save to library functionality available in the toolpath parameters has not been modified to save an assembly to the library.adds the current configu ration as a new assembly and uses Mastercam's def ault tool numbe ring to assign a new tool nu mber.36 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Create a new assembly . Dynam ic Core Mill.Opti Rough This new funct ionality requires that you select an approp riate ISCAR cutt ing tool from the tool library. . Dynamic Contour 3D HST .Dynamic Area Mill. ISCARHEMSupport The following Mill toolpaths now supp ort ISCAR HEM (High Efficiency Machining) and RCTF (Radial Chip Thin ning Factor) speeds and feeds calcul ation functionalit y: 2D HST .adds a new asse mbly and retains the current (duplic ate) tool numb er. Modify only current operation .
stock definition and tolerances. . the Stepover field on the Cut Parameters page changes to a drop-down list. fixture component s. Note: Machine simul ation does not simulate Lathe or Wire toolpaths. and any machine components before sending any code to your machine tool. you can set the HEM factor to maximi ze speed and efficiency by ent ering a value or by using the slider bar. Use machi ne simulation to test possible multiaxis fixture scen arios and find the ideal location for mach ining a particular job. verifying stock removal. Mastercam MachineSimulation Machine simulat ion is a safe and cost effective way of proving out multi axis toolpaths by helping you detect collisi ons between your stock. You can only select a 5%. The feed rate and spindle speed are automatically set based on this value. work piece. Machine simulat ion is capable of simple bac kplotting.GENERAL MILL ENHANCEMENTS • 37 If you select the Iscar HEM check box on the Tool page. or 10% stepover. and full mach ine tool simulation with coll ision checking. tool. You can try out different positions on your machine table without spen ding costly time dryrunn ing your machine tool. In addition. Use the Mastercam simulation toolbar to access startup settings and select the desi red machin e. 7%.
If the Machine Simula tion toolbar is not displayed.38 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Using machine simulation 1 From the Mastercam menu. Ope n. The Preview wind ow displays the cur rently selected machin e. you need a Mastercam Mill or Router part file that includes at least one toolpath and a surface or solid model of the workpiec e. 3 Click Simulation startup settings on the Machi ne Simul ation toolbar. 2 Go to . right-click in any open area at the top of the screen and choose Machine Simulation to display the toolbar. 4 Select the Machine drop-down list at the top of the dialog box to see a list of all the machine configu rations installed with Mastercam X5.. . To run machine simulat ion.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select SIMULATION.MCX-5. choose File.
For example. The workpiece is positioned on the table. you can move all your fixture geome try to a specific level and turn the display on or off. 8 Click Simul ate at the bottom of the dialog box to go directly into the simulation. 7 Select All elements from the list. mach ine simulation loads all visible surface and solid geometry as the workpiece. . TIP: Similar con trols are available on the Simulation tab for the Fixture setting. By default.GENERAL MILL ENHANCEMENTS • 39 IMPOR TANT: Machine simula tion does not use the machine definition associated with your toolpaths. 6 Select the Geometry drop-down list. This allows you to test your toolp aths on multiple machine configu rations. but you can cont rol this by sele cting one of the Geomet ry options. 5 Select 6_5AXGEN_VMCHTAC from the mach ine list.
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This simulation mode shows kinematic (machine) motion and includes collision checking, but does not display material removal.
9 Click Run near the top left corner of the screen to begin the simulation.
10 While the simulation is running, click Workpiece focus to display only the tool and the workpiece. This focus opt ion keeps the workpiece stati onary and moves the tool around the workpiec e.
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11 When the simulation ends, move the slider on the progress bar at the bottom of the screen back to the beginning of the toolp ath. 12 Click Machine focus to display the machine and the workpiece again.
13 Move the speed slider to make the simulation faster or slower and click Run again to see the result s.
14 Click Exit to return to the graphics wind ow.
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Unselecting Points in D rillPoint Selection
Two new buttons have been added to the Drill Point Select ion dialog box that let you unselect entities without having to close the dialog box and start the selection pro cess agai n.
Unselect - unsele cts the last drill point you selected. You can click it more
than once to remove drill points one at a time.
Unselect all - unsele cts all points you selected during the cur rent drill point
select ion function. This does not exit you from the poi nt select ion function, but allows you to start your selecti on over. Cho ose Yes to unselect all selected points or No, which cancels your “unselec t” request. When you use the single point selection mode (default), the Unselect and Unsele ct all buttons only become active when you choose the points to unselect and press the [Esc] key as prompted. These but tons may bec ome active upon other act ions that complete the single selection method, such as clicking another button in the Drill Point Selection dialog box. If you access an existing drill toolpath in the Drill Point Manager to add more points, the Unselect and Unselect all buttons:
Only work on new point s. Those already included in the toolpath are not
Are inactive until you add poi nts that can be unselect ed. Become inact ive again once all newly added points have been unselecte d.
Default templ ates and customized templates created with the previous versi on of ActiveReports (ver sion 3) will cont inue to function without updating. You can now define defau lt temp lates for all ActiveReports reports on the Reports property page in the System Configuration dialog box. the Tag parameter replaces the Data Field parameter for the SubReport control. In the latest version of ActiveReports Desi gner (version 6). enter the subreport's path expression in the Tag paramete r. Click the Browse Folder button in the Capture Images ribbon bar and specify a folde r. Our default template does not call this information so you will have to edit the template with ActiveReports Desi gne r. including setup sheet s: Mastercam X5 has been updated to use the latest versi on of ActiveReport s.GENERAL MILL ENHANCEMENTS • 43 Setup Sheet/ActiveReportsImprovements Mastercam X5 includes several enhancements for all funct ions that use ActiveReports. When linking a subreport to a report. Nesting reports in Mastercam X5 now can inclu de material information. Save custom capture images for setup sheets to a specified folder. .
. you can enter the information in the Additi onal Parameters dialog box. When creating a setup sheet. Add custom XML tags for addit ional user-defined infor mation. Edit the template with the ActiveReports Designer to call on the custom tags.44 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Note: Maste rcam applies the setup sheet default defin ed in this dialog box if there is no template defined in the Control Defin ition Manager (Files page). You can change the order of existing labels or create new one s. Customize General Information for a setup sheet from the Setup Sheet dialog box.
tool. . Note: Manual entry operations are not included in the sample files. For mo re inf ormation on these new tags. A new set of subreports for Manual Entry Ope rations is included with the default templates.GENERAL MILL ENHANCEMENTS • 45 A new XML data source enhances access to operation. please see Mastercam Help. and offset info rmation. New tags have been added to the XML data source.
For more information about other Lathe enhance ments in Mastercam X5. Prior to Mastercam X5. When activated. Spindle Speed. Plunge Feed Rate. In Lathe. Offset and Profile ToleranceControlsMoved The Profile tole rance and Offset tole rance controls moved from the Arc Filter/ Tolerance page in Mastercam X4 to the Cut para meters page in Mastercam X5 for . Mastercam locks any feeds and speeds that you manually enter for your tool sett ings in toolpaths. this option was deselected. see Lathe Enhance ments on page 105. These feeds and speeds values do not change until you re-enter them or choose the Re-initialize speeds & feeds option from the Tools page right -click menu. and Finish Spindle Speed. Note: This function ality is now also available for Lathe. the affected fields are on the Toolpa th Parameters page and include Feed Rate.46 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 DefaultSetting for LockingFeed Rates The Lock Feed rates parameter is now selected (activated) on the Toolpat hs page in the def ault system configurati on files.
GENERAL MILL ENHANCEMENTS • 47 Mill/Router tree-style tool paths. These parameters are now located in the Corner round ing group box (previously the Smoothing group box). .
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choo se Toolpaths.M ill Level1 Enhancements New 2D H ST Toolpaths The orig inal Dynamic Mill toolpath is now split into two appl ication-speci fic toolpaths: Dynamic Area Mill and Dynam ic Core Mill. Use Dynamic Core Mill when you need to approach material from the outside while still avoi ding desi red areas. Mastercam X5 also adds two new dynamic milling toolpaths to the 2D high speed toolpath group: Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynam ic Contou r. DynamicArea and Core Mill Select Dynamic Area Mill to contain the tool within pockets or pockets with islands. choose one of the dynamic milling toolpaths from the Toolpath Type list. . After selecting the entities to machine. To access the dynamic milling toolp aths. 2D High Speed from the Mastercam menu.
5 Click OK on the Chaining dialog box to comple te the chain. Ope n. choose Toolpaths. . 2 Go to . 2D High Speed.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select DYNAMIC_CORE_AREA.50 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Creatingdynamicarea mill and core m ill toolpaths 1 From the Mastercam menu. choose File. Note: Click OK if you are prompted for an NC file name. 4 Select the green chain on the floor of the pocket in the upper right corner as the toolpath chai n. 3 From the Mastercam menu.MCX-5..
make the following adjust ment s: Set the Toolpath radius to 10% to reduce sharp corner motion between the cut passes. 8 Click OK on the Tool Selection dialog box to return to the toolpath parameter s. 7 On the Tool page. This parameter cont rols the size of the arc on and off each pass. 9 On the Cut Paramete rs page. click the Select library tool button and select the 12mm flat endmill from the tool library.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 51 6 Select the Dynamic Area Mill toolpath type. .
11 On the Entry Motion page. This is the dis tance the tool lifts off the part on back moves to help clear chips and mini mize excessive tool heating. .5mm. deselect the Depth cuts check box to turn this option off.5mm to leave material for a futu re finish toolpath. 10 On the Depth Cuts page.0mm for the Helix radius to control the size of the entry hel ix.5mm for the Z clearance to add some extra height befo re the entry moves. make the following changes: Enter 5.52 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 Set the Micro lift distance to 0. Set the Stock to leave on wal ls and Stock to leave on floors to 0. Enter 0.
0 for the Plunge angle to set the angle of des cent and pitch for the entry move.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 53 Enter 10. . enter 40. 12 On the Linking Parameters page.0 for the retract height to make sure you have enough clea rance bet ween pocket s.
see Mastercam Help. For more informat ion on filters and tole rances in Mastercam. set the Filter ratio to 3:1. 14 Click OK to complete the toolp ath. . You can see how the toolpath starts from the inside of the part and works i ts way towards the outer bounda ry. the toolpath autom atically adjusts to each new bounda ry shape. 15 Press [F1] and draw a zoom window around the toolpath to see it in closer detail.54 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 13 On the Arc Filter/ Tolerance page. changing shape a s needed to accom modate the pocket. This sets the ratio of the filter tole rance to the cut tole rance. e TIP: If you copy this toolpath to the other two closed pockets and rechain. both of which add up to the total tole rance.
4 Select the purple edge around the top of the part as the second chain.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 55 Addinga dynamic core m illtoolpath 2D high speed core mill toolpaths require two chain s. 1 Right-click in the graphics window and choose Fit to view the who le part. 5 Click OK on the Chaining dialog box to complete the chain. 3 Select the orange line as the first chain. . 2D High Speed. allowing the toolpath to move freely outsi de this area. 2 From the Mastercam menu. choose Toolpaths. The inner chain def ines the limit of the toolpath. The outside chain represents the stock bounda ry.
so you do not have to re-en ter them. .56 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 6 Select the Dynamic Core Mill toolpath type. 7 Mastercam remembers all the other set tings you made for the area mill toolpath. Click OK to complete the toolpat h.
only it uses dynamic milling motion instead of core mill or area mill motion for the rest ope rations. The following picture highlights the dynamic motion used to clean up the addit ional material in the corners of the part.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 57 DynamicRest Mill The new Dynam ic Rest Mill toolpath behaves in a manner similar to the cur rent 2D high speed rest mill toolpath. .
.MCX-5. 2 Go to .. the existing Rest Mill and the new Dynamic Rest Mill toolpaths include a new Rest Material page. expan ding your ability to specify the targeted rest mate rial.also based on the dynamic milli ng algo rithm . 2D High Speed. efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls.uses an intellige nt. The Dynamic Contour toolpath supp orts multiple passes and can opt ionally include finishing passes. choose Toolpaths. DynamicContour New in Mastercam X5. Ope n. choose File. Dyna mic Contour . Creating a dynamiccontour toolpath 1 From the Mastercam menu.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select DYNAMIC_CONTOUR.58 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 In addition. 3 From the Mastercam menu.
MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 59 4 Select the top orange curve as the toolpath chain. click Reverse on the Cha ining dialog box to flip it. TIP: If your chain points counterclockwise. Make sure that your chain points in a clockwise direction. . 5 Click OK on the Chaining dialog box to complete the chain. 6 Select the Dynamic Contour toolpath type.
60 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 7 On the Tool page. If the distance from the end of one pass to the start of the next pass is less than this distanc e. 9 On the Cut Paramete rs page.5mm. This is the dis tance the tool lifts off the part on back moves to help clear chips and mini mize excessive tool heating. Set the Stock to leave on floors to 0. select When exceeding a distance from the drop-down list. For the Gap size parameter. For the Motion>Gap size. This parameter cont rols the size of the arc on and off each pass. This option adds retracts when the next cut pass begins at a distance that is greater than the gap size.0m m. Set the Micro lift distance to 0. retract parameter. Mastercam does not create a retract move as defined on the Linking parameters pag e. select Distance and enter 200.5mm to leave mate rial for a futu re finish toolpath. Set the Toolpath radius to 10% reduce sharp corner motion between the cut passes. click the Select library tool button and select the 6mm flat endmill from the tool library. make the following adjust ment s: Set the Stepover to 1. . 8 Click OK on the Tool Selection dialog box to return to the toolpath parameter s.0mm to control the distance between cutting passes in the X and Y axes.
enter 15. enter 3.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 61 10 On the Contour Wall page. set the following parameters: For Radius of tool that shaped the stock.0mm. This parameter uses the tool radius from a previous ope ration to better define the shape of the stock removed by the dynamic cont our toolpath. For Stock thickness.0mm. . This sets the amount of stock in X Y that the toolp ath removes.
525 for the depth.62 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 11 On the Depth Cuts page. 12 On the Linking Paramete rs page. enter -9. . deselect the Depth cuts check box to turn this option off.
The consistent tool motion ensu res you do not overload your tool when mac hining just the walls of the part. . 14 Press [F1] and draw a zoom window around the toolp ath on the right side of the part to see it in closer detail.MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 63 13 Click OK to complete the toolp ath.
. and creates an even surface for future ope ration s.64 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 IslandFacingin 2D HST Toolpaths Mastercam's standard 2D pocket island facing funct ionality is now included in the following 2D high speed toolpaths: Rest Mill and Dynamic Rest Mill Area Mill and Dynamic Area Mill Core Mill and Dynamic Core Mill When you select Use island depths on the Depth Cuts parameter page. After each dep th cut is mad e. Mastercam passes the tool over the isla nd until it reaches the depth of the island. When activated. the islands between the last depth cut and the cur rent depth cut are faced. qualifies them. Facing quickly cleans the stock from the top of the islands. You can also turn on Island facing indepe ndent of Depth cut settings. Mastercam faces the top of all islands selected for the toolpath at their defi ned depth. It then goes around the island until it reaches the final depth. Mastercam orders the islands from lowest to highest to ensu re the most efficient material removal.
MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 65 CircleMill Improvements Circle Mill now allows for feed rate and spin dle speed overrides for Finishi ng and Semifinishing passe s. .
66 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 New high speed transitions also reduce tool motion outsi de the cutting passes. TransformToolpathEnhancements The Transf orm Operation toolpath includes many imp rovements in Mastercam X5. .
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Remove comments - when selected, the resulting NCI of the transform operation no longer contains any comments (NCI line #’s 1005 thru 1008) from the selected sou rce ope rations. Source operations tree control
You can transfo rm Manual Entry ope rations. You can select ope rations that reference solids when Create new
operat ions and ge omet ry is enable d. The solid is not copied, only the surface s, chains, or points nee ded to create the toolp ath.
The sou rce ope rations tree now only lists ope rations within the same
3 ma chine group. Method - Tool plane
Include origin - an operation’s tool plane contains both an origin and a
view. When transforming by tool plane, X5 allows you to choose whether to have the origin travel along with the view when a tool plane is transfo rmed. Leaving this opt ion deselect ed works well with 5-axis toolpaths as when unchec ked the tool plane’s origin remains stati onary while the tool plan e’s view is moved about.
Save views - this opt ion saves the transf ormed tool planes created
during regene ration to the View Manager when Create new operations and geom etry is deselected. When Create new operations and geometry is selected, the Save views option is forced to On and disabled. 4 Source - There are two types of toolpath information that a transform operation can ext ract from its sou rce ope rations to use as its own:
NCI - refers to the actual NCI lines of the sou rce ope ration s. If you select
this option, the transf orm reads, copies, and transforms each of the source ope rati on's NCI lines. This opt ion is availab le only for the Translate and Rotate methods.
Geometry - refers to the source operation's toolpath entities and their
associated geomet ry entitie s. If you select this option, the transf orm copies and transfo rms the source ope ration and its geometry, regene rates a new toolpath and then claims those NCI lines as its own. This mode ensu res all cutting directions, cutter compensations, and entry and exit mot ion come out as if you transf ormed the geometry and programmed it all manuall y. This is the only opt ion available for the Mirror transform me thod.
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For the Translate transform method, many of the changes were made to improve consistency bet ween the geometry transform and toolpath transf orm interf aces.
1 Delta - an inc remental move of the sou rce ope ration from its cur rent position. Works the same as Rectangula r, except that you specify delta XYZ coordina tes instead of X and Y dist ance s. 2 Instances - determines the number of copies Mastercam creates and the spacing bet ween these copie s. These options are the same as geometry transf orm.
Note: The Copy source operatio ns option on the Type and Methods page affects the total numbers of instances create d. 3 Pattern parameters - these options are the same as geomet ry transform.
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As with the Translate imp rovement s, the addition of the Instances parameters was made to improve consistency with the geomet ry transfo rm inte rface.
including chain directi on. This also reverses cut direction and cutter compensat ion settings in the mirror transform ed operat ion.makes the mirrored trans form operation use the same start point as the source operation. Maintain start point . The cutting direction ma y differ however. . Reverse order . tool compensat ion. Deselect to apply the same cut direction and cutter compensat ion settings from the source toolpath to the mirror transformed ope ration. point order. start point. and the mirrored transfo rm operation on the right. You can choose whether to maintain the same start point. and select ion order def ined in the sou rce operation to the mir rored ope ration s. based on whether you also selected Reve rse order.maintains the same start point for the mi rror transform toolpath as the source toolpath but reverses the order of the mirror transf orm toolpath's geometric entit ies. for surface toolpath s. selecti on order.70 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 M irror ethodChanges M The new Cutting direction options for the Mirror transfo rm meth od cont rol whether Mastercam applies the same cut directi on. and. In the following example s. the source ope ration displays on the left. or maintain the same start entity for the mirror transform toolpath as the source toolpath.
chain direct ion). .MILL LEVEL 1 ENHANCEMENTS • 71 Note: If you select the Reverse order check box. The following picture shows the cutting direction that results when you mirror a source contour operation conf igured with a clockwise cut direct ion and choose to Reverse order and Maintain start point for the mirrored transfo rm ope ration. Mastercam automatically chooses the Maintain start point option. Original opera tion Mirrored operati on Mastercam reverses the cutting directi on from clockwise to counte rclockwi se and maintains the same order of the toolp ath’s geometric entiti es (start point.
the first entity in the chained geometry changes accordingly. Maintain start entity . .avail able only when Reverse order is deselect ed.The following pict ure shows the results when you deselect Reverse order and select Maintain start point: Original ope ration Mirrored operation Mastercam maintains the sou rce ope ration's start point and the clockwise cutti ng direction in the mirror transf orm oper ation. Howeve r. Choose this option when you want the mirrored transform ope ration to use the same entity in the chained geometry as the source ope ration and the same cutting direction.
The following pict ure shows the results of choosing this option Mastercam changes the start point of the mirro red operation to maintain the start ent ity. Original operation Mirrored operati on .
FBM Mill DraftedWall Machining FBM Mill now recogni zes and cuts tape red walls when you select the Recognize tapered feat ures check box on the Setup page. .
On the Finish tools page. you can match the wall draft angle on finish passes using a tapered tool. .
L inking Parent O perationto a Solid This new featu re ensu res that you know when an FBM Mill operation needs to be upd ated based on changes to your solid model.You can also specify a stepdown value for tape red walls on the Roughi ng. . as “dirty” when you modify and regene rate a solid model. and regene rate the FBM ope rations when the solid model has been changed. and Wall finish page s. You need to edit the FBM parent ope ration. re-detect the featu res. Restmill. Mastercam now marks the FBM parent ope ration. as well as the Detect button in the parameter s.
is saved within the part file after you click OK. FBM D rill Note: For information about FBM Drill changes in Mastercam Router. Select ing Cancel disc ards the cur rent changes and restores previou sly saved sett ings. and plane assignment. supp ressed stat e. select the Output 3D arc mov es check box to creat e 3D arcs for the entry motion. see Block Drill Support in FBM Drill on page 101.O utput Arcs for RoughEntry 3D On the FBM Mill Roughing page. assig ned finish tool. SavingFeatureSettings Info rmation set on the Featu res page. . The saved set tings will be applied to existing feat ures even if you click Detect again. such as hole type.
The FBM Drill Setup page includes a 4th axis output group box and an Axis of Rotation drop-down list. Mastercam gene rates tool planes based on the . then use the dropdown to define the axis of rotation. When the Machine Def inition option is selected (default). you can select this check box.Additional Axis Controls 4th FBM Drill now outputs tool planes that support drilling toolpaths in a rotary axis envi ronment. When your active machine definition is configured with a rotary axis.
mach ine definition's rotary axis confi guration. You can override this assignment by selecting another axis of rot ation. .
. Right-click in the Planes column for the holes and select Plane from the right-cl ick menu.80 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 ReversingPlanes on MultipleHoles The Featu res page in FBM Drill now allows you to select and reverse the plane on multiple holes at the same time.
M ill Level3 Enhancements
New 3D H ST Toolpaths
Mastercam X5 adds new roughing and fini shing toolpaths to the already powerful 3D high speed suite of toolpath s.
The new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath suppo rts cut ters cap able of mach ining very large depths of cut. It uses an aggressive, fast, intelligent roughing algo rithm b ased on Mastercam’s 2D high speed dynamic milling motion. Access this new toolpath by choo sing Toolpaths, Surface High Spee d. After selecting the surfaces to machin e, choose Roughing as the Toolpath Type, and then select OptiRoug h. A single OptiRough toolpath can cut mate rial in two direction s: on step downs (-Z) and step ups (+Z). This highly efficient bi-directional cutting strategy removes the maxi mum amount of material with the minim um of step downs, significantly reducing cycle time s.
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As step downs are calculated, the dynamic roughi ng motion clears the material in the -Z direction, avoiding any island s. The numbers in the following pictu re indicate the cut order.
If you activate step up cuts in the toolp ath’s Cut Parameters, Mastercam calcul ates additional slices in the +Z direction to remove any material left behind bet ween the step downs - for exampl e, islands or large scallops on angled wall s.The step up cuts use a 2D high speed dyn amic rest motion to clear leftover mate rial. Step up cuts are ordered bet ween step downs.
TIP: Because step up cutting is optional, you can use this toolpath for aggressive roughing without calculating the rest portion of the toolpath, which can be timeintensive.
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H ybrid Finish
Hybrid machining is the latest addition to the list of finishing toolpath s and is designed to address both steep and shallow regions of your models. This powerful toolpath benef its from newly developed technology compa rable to Waterli ne and Scallop motion. Access this new toolpath by choosing Toolpaths, Surface High Spee d. After selecting the surfaces to machin e, choose Finishing as the Toolpath Type, and then select Hybrid. Hybrid finish supp orts a use r-defined limiting angle to distinguish the steep regions from the shallow regions, and also inclu des a sepa rate steep stepd own and shallow step over.
The Steep stepdown value in this section def ines the constant Z distance between adjacent stepd owns. Mastercam uses these stepd owns in combination with the Limiting angle and Shallow stepover to calculate cut passes for the hybrid toolpath. Mastercam first slices the enti re model into sect ions def ined by the Steep stepdown distanc e. It then analyzes the drive surface's slope trans ition bet ween each stepd own along the specified Limiting ang le.
84 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 If the drive surface's slope transition distance within the stepd own distance is less than the appl ied limiting angle. the entire stepdown is conside red shal low Hybrid machining gene rates the steep and shallow motion in one seamless toolpath. the hybrid toolpath consi ders it steep and a single 2D waterline cutting pass is generated. Mastercam uses the Shallow step over value to create 3D scallop cut passes along the shallow slope for the shallow ste pdown. the stepd own is defined as shallow. . mainta ining a logical cutt ing order based on a top-d own app roach. Otherwise. Note: If a combina tion of steep and shall ow areas exist within a single stepd own.
Solid ChainSupportin MultiaxisToolpaths You can now chain solid loops.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 85 Existing 3D HST linking is used to ensu re all entry.Curve toolpat hs Tool axis control chains .Curve. exit. or edges for certain aspects of multi axis toolpath s. Multisurface. and trans ition mo tion is smooth and free-fl owing. faces. Flow. This app lies to the following areas: Drive curves . and Port toolpaths .
flat. constant cusp (similar to scallop mach ining). solid and STL input. .86 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 New MultiaxisToolpaths Mastercam X5 int roduces eight new triangular mesh toolpaths to the Multiaxis family. constant Z finish ing. including rough ing. and project ion ma chini ng. parallel finishing. These new toolpaths support surface. The strategies are very similar to Mastercam’s 3-axis strategie s. The triangular mesh toolp aths can be found under the Surface/Solid toolpath type. penci l.
collision checking. and linking.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 87 What makes these toolpaths different is that they bene fit from multiaxis opt ions such as tool axis control. For exampl e. . they can be locked to 3 axis output while still supporti ng undercut machin ing with lollipop cut ters.
Use the following process for all multiaxis toolpaths: 1 Begin by selecting the toolpath fami ly. to create the desired multiaxis toolp ath. Multiaxis toolpaths can all be accessed from a single me nu option. choosing your options and setting your parameters along the way.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select MULTIAXIS. choose Toolpath s. Simply advance along the tree structu re. Creating a multiaxis toolpath 1 From the Mastercam menu. 2 Go to . . Ope n. 4 From the Mastercam menu. 2 Select the toolpath type. The tree is laid out in the logical order of setting your toolpath parameter s. Multiaxis.MCX-5. choose File. 3 Proceed through the branches of the tree structure until all necessa ry parameters have been set. 3 Press [Alt+S] if necessary to shade the part.88 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 ImprovedMultiaxisToolpathInterface Mastercam X5 introduces a unified interface and a streamlined workflow for Multiaxis toolpath s.. The tree structu re will change based on toolpath family and type selection s.
select toolpaths from the Drill/Circle Mill button. Multiaxis toolpaths that machine wireframe geometry are grouped together under the Wireframe button. 1 Select the Tool page from the tree cont rol on the left side of the dialog box. the next step is to set up your tooling. The tree structure is designed to flow from the top down in logical order. . Entering Tool Parameters Once you have selec ted a toolpath type. The classic Mastercam toolpaths are located under the Classic button. If you need to mill or drill holes. 5 Select the Msurf toolpath type from the Classic toolpath family.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 89 The Toolpath Type page has been organ ized to make it easier to access the desired toolpath.
.90 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 2 On the Tool page. 3 Click New Library at the top of the Tool Selecti on dialog box to select a diffe rent tool library. 4 Select the MILL_MM (NEW). click the Select library tool button.TOOLS-5 tool library file and click OK.
6 On the Holder page. 7 Select the BT40. click the Open Library button. TIP: The green check mark next to the Tool page in the tree control indicates that you made changes on this page.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 91 5 Select the 12mm ball endmill and click OK to return to the toolpa th parameter s. .HOLDERS file and click OK.
Enter 0.0mm for the Across stepover to control the dist ance bet ween passes. 1 On the Cut Pattern page. Note: For more information about tool assemblies in Mastercam X5.92 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 8 Select the B4C4-0020 holder. EnteringTool M otionParameters The next several pages in the tree structu re focus on cont rolling the tool motion while cutting material and between passe s. Select Spiral from the Cutting method drop. This value is also used to eliminate duplica te positions and as a tole rance when compen sating to surface s. but may take longer to gener ate the toolpath and create a longer NC program. see Tool Assemblies on page 35. Enter 3. . set the following parameters: Select Sphere from the Pattern options drop-d own list to mat ch the tool motion to the spheric al shape of the part.down list. Select Computer from the Compens ation type drop.03mm for the Cut tolerance to dete rmine the accuracy of the multi axis toolpath.down list to gene rate spiral tool mot ion. A smaller cut tolerance value creates a more accurate toolpath.
2 Click Select next to the Pattern options drop-d own list to set the sphe re dimensions that con trol the tool motion. The value specified is the distance bet ween gene rated vectors along the selected geomet ry. . Notice that as you select diffe rent opt ions. the images on the right upd ate to give you a clea rer pictu re of what each parameter doe s.0mm for the Along stepover to limit tool motion.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 93 Enter 5.
This changes the direct ion of the tool motion so it circles around the part. . 4 Click Flow parameters at the bottom of the Cut Pattern pag e. Enter the sphe re dimensions shown on the following pictu re and click OK.94 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 3 The Sphe re Options dialog box establi sh the dimensions and locat ion of the sphe re used as the cut pattern for the toolp ath. 5 Click Cut direction on the Flowline data dialog box.
An additional vector is added to the toolpath when the angle between cal culated vecto rs is greater than the angle inc rement valu e. make the following changes: Select Pattern surface from the Tool axis control drop-down list to keep the tool axis normal to the spherical surface.0 for the angle. Select the Angle increment check box and enter 1. .MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 95 6 Click OK to return to the toolpath parame ters. 7 On the Tool Axis Control page. The value is an angular measu rement betwee n adjacent tool vectors.
10 Click the arrow button to select the compensat ion surface s. 11 Draw a window around the enti re part to select all the surface s. enter 1. .96 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 8 On the Collision Control page.5mm for the Stock to leave for compensat ion surface s. Compens ation surfaces are used to drive the tool tip location. 12 Click End Select ion in the Gener al Select ion ribbon bar to comple te the surface selection. 9 Click Select next to the Compensation surface(s) to return to the graphi cs window for surface selection.
Click OK to return to the toolpath parameter s. chan ge the following parameters: Enter 25. select the Distance che ck box and enter 20. If the distance from the end of one pass to the start of the next pass is less than this value. The tool moves directly bet ween the passes at the feed rate. Enter 5.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 97 13 The Toolp ath/su rface select ion dialog box now shows 171 surfaces sele cted.0mm as the dist ance value. 14 On the Linking page.0mm for the Feed plane to set the height that the tool rapids to before changing to the plunge rate to enter the part. . Mastercam does not create a retract move. In the Keep tool down within group box.0mm for the Retract to set the height that the tool moves up to before the next tool pass.
. 16 Click OK to complete the toolp ath. and Z home position values. Y.98 • WHA T’S NEW IN MAS TERCA M X5 15 On the Home/ Ref. Points page (under the Linking page). enter 250.0 for the X.
right-click in any open area at the top of the screen and choose Machine Simulation to display the toolbar. . If the Machine Simula tion toolbar is not displ ayed. 1 Click Run Simulation on the Machine Simulation toolb ar.MILL LEVEL 3 ENHANCEMENTS • 99 Simulating the ToolpathResults Now that your toolpath is complet e. 2 Click Run near the top left corner of the screen to begin the simulation. you can see the results on a simulated machine tool.
.100 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 You can watch the ent ire toolpath as it might appear on a ma chine tool. 3 Click Exit to return to the graphics wind ow. Note: For more information on Machine Simula tion in Mastercam X5. see Masterc am Machine Simulation on page 37.
When Use Block Drill is selected (default). FBM Drill now recognizes block drill unit s that are configured in the active Router machine def inition. FBM Drill can assign block drill tools and gene rate block drilling toolpath s. Mastercam adds the block drill to the tools it selects for the FBM Drill-gene rated drill cycle s. .RouterEnhancements Block D rillSupportin FBM Drill To minimize tool change time. If the active mach ine defin ition contains one or more block drills. the FBM Drill Tools page displays a Machine Definition group box and Use Block Drill check box.
Holes that cannot be block drilled are sing le-po int dril led. FBM parent operations. see FBM Drill on page 77. When running ATP. are not yet supported. You can overwrite or append new levels to an existing sca n. ImportingSolids into ToolpathNesting In Mastercam X5. the ATP machine definit ion overrides Mastercam's machine definition. including operations created by FBM toolpaths. both Rectangular and TrueShape Nesting suppo rt solid operations. AutomaticToolpathing Enhancements Mastercam X5 includes several impr ovements to Automat ic Toolp athing (ATP). . choose the Select button to open the Drill Block Selection dialog box whe re you select the drill block to use.102 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 If more than one block drill is available in the Machine definit ion. howeve r. For more inform ation on other new features in FBM Drill. You no longer have to be in Mill or Router to run ATP.
ROUTER ENHANC EMEN TS • 103 You can create new operations from the Strategy Explorer. or click the Add a new operat ion button and choose an operation from the drop-d own menu. .also app lies to Single Part Process ing. Three new options have been added in the Opt ions dialog box for cutlist configurations: Filter level 0 Combine views Ignore blanked levels option . Choose File. New Operation and select an operation from the submenu.
If the option is not selected. .104 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 WCS Supportfor ATP Single Part Processing Select the Use Active WCS option to use the cur rent WCS setting when creating the ATP operations. ATP uses the WCS from the operation library speci fied in the active strategy.
use of these tools was typically releg ated to ma nual programming.. With Mastercam X5 Lathe. 2 Go to . choose File. you may see the following message reminding you that only specific tools are appropriate for this toolpath: To disable this message. However. Plunge Turn. .MCX5. choose Toolpaths.LatheEnhancements New Plunge Turn Toolpath ISCAR and Mastercam have worked very closely to devel op Mastercam X5's new Plunge Turn toolpath. select Don’t display this mess age again and click OK. ISCAR's plunge and turn tools have long been the industry stan dard for produc ing highly effic ient grooving and turning toolpaths on lathe parts. due to the complex motion and cutting methods required.\Documentation\ExampleParts and select PLUNGE_TURN. and wide step avoidance have been added to support the ISCAR plunge and turn tools. Note: The first time you select the Plunge Turn toolpath during a Mastercam session. This file already contains a facing operat ion to clean material from the front of the part. Creating plunge turn toolpaths 1 From the Mastercam menu. 3 From the Mastercam menu. clearance values. options to eliminate hanging ring burrs. The next step is to use the Plunge Turn toolpath to perform a grooving ope ration. Ope n.
The green arrow indicates the start of the chain and the red arrow indicates the end of the chain. Configuration from the Maste rcam menu and use the options on the Colors tab. To change the selection color. Note: The selection color was changed from yellow to blue to make the chain easier to see. choose Settings. 6 Click OK to complete the chain. .106 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 4 Select Chain in the Grooving Options dialog box and click OK to define the groove. 5 Select the chain shown in the following pictu re.
This option is required for the Plunge Turn toolpath. set the following options: Set the Stock to leave in X and Stock to leave in Z to 0. select T0202 from the library as the tool for the toolp ath. 9 On the Plunge turn rough parameters tab. make sure Use stock for outer boundary is selected. 8 On the Plunge turn sha pe parameters tab.LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 107 7 On the Toolpath parameters tab.5mm to leave material for a future finish toolpath. .
108 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 Set the Depth of cut to 3. The toolpath adds one or more passes if the extra width is more than the specified maxi mum percent of tool width. select the Cleanup steps check box and enter 60% for the Maximum width. Ma stercam displays a warning. This percent age is the maximum cut depth recomm ended by ISCAR for their tools in this toolp ath. Such large steps can remain when the wall is angled. 10 On the Plunge turn finish parameters tab. a small piece of mate rial from the edge of the cut. A hanging ring occurs when the tool pushes off. In the Wide step cleanup group box.0mm. which equals 60% of the tool width. This opt ion removes steps that are too large to remove on a finish cut. select Negat ive in the Prevent hanging ring group box. the toolpath inclu des plunge moves in the negative direction . rather than cuts. TIP: If you enter a cut depth larger than 60% of the tool width. With this option enabled.
.LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 109 (which matches the cut direction) to remove this extra ma teri al without manual intervent ion.
holder. and mate rial removed duri ng the backpl ot. Display holder. click Display tool. 12 Click Backplot in the Operations Manager to take a closer look at the plunge turn toolp ath. 13 In the Backplot dialog box. .110 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 11 Click OK to complete the toolp ath. and Quick verify to see the tool.
But the Plunge Turn toolp ath includes options specifically for these areas on your part. 3 Select the chain shown in the pictu re at right.LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 111 14 Click Play on the backpl ot VCR bar to run the backplot. choose Toolpaths. . The green arr ow indic ates the start of the chain and the red arrow indicates the end of the chain. similar to the previous toolpath. 1 From the Mastercam menu. Addinga toolpath for the angled groove Angular grooves can be some of the most difficult grooves to program. 4 Click OK to complete the chain. Plunge Turn. 15 Click OK to complete the backplot . Notice the extra steps added to handle the wide areas and the additional plunge moves to prevent hanging ring burrs. 2 Click OK to define the groove using a chain.
. click Floor to set the groove angle from the groove floor. make sure the T0202 tool is still selected and click Tool Angle. 8 On the Plunge turn shape parameters tab. 7 Click OK to return to the toolpath parame ters.112 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 5 On the Toolpath para meters tab. 6 Enter -45 for the tool angle to rotate the tool to match the groove geomet ry.
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Select the line that represents the groove floor in the graphics win dow. Select the Use stock for outer boundary check box to reduce the tool load on the first cut.
11 On the Plunge turn finish parameters tab, notice the Tool deflect ion backoff parameter. This parameter accommodates the unique ISCAR Groove/Turn inserts which “rock” in the holder as they travel across material in either direction. This value accounts for the tool deflect ion.
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12 Click OK to complete the toolp ath.
13 Select the sec ond plunge turn toolpath in the Operations Manager and click Backplot to review the toolp ath motion. 14 Click Play on the backplot VCR bar to run the backplot.
15 Click OK to complete the backplot .
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Stock EjectOptionfor ChuckMiscellaneousOperations
This enhancement is specifically for users prog ramm ing multiple spin dles. Until now, you couldn't start with stock in both spindle s, and then use the Stock Transfer miscellaneous ope rati on because Stock Transfer does not allow a chuck with stock in it to pick off stock in another spin dle. The new Eject stock opti on on the Lathe chuck page of the Lathe Chuck Prope rties dialog box allows you to eject the stock from the pickoff chuck, so you can use Stock Transfer later on.
Mastercam X5 Lathe includes the following improvements for cutoff toolpaths. On the Cutoff parameters tab of the Lathe Cutoff Properties dialog box:
The option to define the entry amount (for both the main cut and clearance
cuts) and inc rement al retract radius from the stock model, rat her than the selected cutoff point .
A new Back Face Stock parameter so you can select the cutoff point on the
back of the finished part and still leave stock for back facing.
The ability to apply a seconda ry feed rate and spindle speed at a defined
on the Stock Update Parameters dialog box. . you can now keep both pieces of stock after the cutoff operation.116 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 In addition. You can access this dialog box by clicking the Stock Update button on the Toolpath parameters tab.
This feature allows tool inspect ion bet ween depth passe s. Mastercam X5 adds similar funct ionality to the roughing toolpaths. .LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 117 RoughingToolpathImprovements Tool Inspection After successfully adding tool inspecti on to groove toolpaths. or after a specified time. You can access the featu re from the Rough paramet ers page of the Lathe Rough Properties dialog box. after a specified cut length.
. PlungeParameters. the Lathe Plunge parameters dialog box had an option for a clea rance angle only from the back of the tool. Because tool orientati on is relative to the cut direction. depending on the chain d irecti on. the “back” can be on either side of the tool.FrontClearance Angle Previously. The Exit amount para meter extends the cut bey ond the stock by the specified amo unt. You can access the se new options by clicking the Plunge Paramete rs button on the Rough parameters page of the Lathe Rough Properties dialog box or the Finish parameters page of the Lathe Finish Prope rties dialog box.118 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 ExitAmount Rough turn strategies can now accommodate for open space at the end of a toolpath. The Lathe Plunge parameters dialog box now contains selections for both a front and back clearance angle.
LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 119 Tool Compensation Enhancements A number of imp roveme nts have been made to lathe cutter compens ation to fix these problem s: Air cuts caused by offsetting the stock bound ary by the stock to leave amount. Gaps bet ween the offset part boundary and stock boundary cause missed cut s. The contour loses depth during cutter compensat ion and causes missed cut s. . Air cuts caused by offsetting the part bounda ry past the stock boundary.
.120 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 In addition. This option is only available if you select Control for cut ter compensat ion. the mac hine controller is responsible for offsetting the geomet ry by the tool radius. Lathe toolpaths now incl ude an option in the Tool Compensat ion group box called Optimize cutter comp in control that removes internal arcs smaller than the tool radius. when cut ter compensation in control is used. But some machine controllers cannot handle inte rnal arcs smaller than the tool radius.
access the Maste rcam applet by choosing Start. Mas tercam X5. Mastercam creates a 3D representation assembly from a 2D profile. For visuali zation verific ation in Backplot and Verify. This profile is provided by either the tool . while still maintain ing accu rate col lision detection. MCAMX Control Panel Applet. BoringBar HolderImprovements Mastercam's verificat ion and colli sion checking has been enhanced to create a more accurate visual represent ation of boring bars. Programs.LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 121 Note: If you want to revert to the tool compensation available prior to X5. The options to change the lathe cut ter compen sation are on the Toolpath support page.
It continues to check for collisions as it previou sly did. Collision check ing is not done with the 3D model.122 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 parameters or custom tool. . Turn ProfileEnhancements Mastercam X5 has refined the Turn Profile func tion introduced with X4 to more quickly gene rate more accu rate profiles from solids for all your turning applications.
This check box is only enabled if Spin is selected and you have not selected any surfaces. Turn Profile from the Mastercam menu to access this funct ion. If the Parasolid function fails. the polygon mesh method is used. . This method quickly gene rates accurate line/a rc geomet ry in most cases. Select Use solid properties to use Parasolids to directly compute the turned profile.LATHE ENHANC EMEN TS • 123 Choose Create.
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when you load an EDM mac hine def inition such as the Mitsu bishi or Makino suppl ied with Mastercam X5. A TECH library is machine control specific. For exampl e.Wire Enhancements New Power LibraryFormat In addition to Mastercam Wire's cur rent POWER libraries.based library. it loads the control-specif ic TECH. You can see this in the following two cont rol defin ition areas: . Mastercam X5 adds TECH power libraries. These new database files make it easier than ever to select the correct power settings based on your machi ning needs.
126 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 When you are creating a wirepath using a TECH-based machine /control def inition. and 9 for the tapered cut. Notes: • TECH power libraries are not associated to wirepaths. 9 for the primary cut. but allows them to be changed for the current operation. When first creating a wirepath. except for tapered contour wirepaths with a land. . which can have up to 18 passes. When editing the wirepath. • All wirepaths based on the TECH power libraries have up to 9 passes. the power library settings can be acce ssed through the Wire/Power page of the wirepath dialog boxes. Maste rcam Wire retains the power settings that you set. Mastercam Wire reads the power settings from the library.
.WIRE ENHANC EMEN TS • 127 • Default TECH power library settings can be modified per operation by clicking the Tech buttons on the Wire/Power page to get to the Technolo gy Database dialog box.
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A rt Enhancements New Art Toolpaths Mastercam X5 includes four new Art toolp aths.Circular Contained Spiral . engraving. and paper emb ossing indus tries.Follow Boundary Conta ined . They are especially useful to the coining. Additionall y. All of these toolpaths restrict the toolpath to a closed geometry chain and support nested cha ins.Rectan gular Contai ned Spiral . Parallel . the new spiral toolpaths can cut from the insi de out or from the outside in.Horizontal Conta ined Spiral .
Expo rting to one of the three standa rd graphic formats yields a superi or quality file that you can use to laser-cut 3D images. From the Art menu.130 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X4 Exportto 256-Color GrayscaleImages Mastercam Art now has the ability to expo rt to a 256-color grayscale image. select Export Active Art Base Surface and save the Art Base Surface to one of the following graphic formats: BMP JPG TIFF .
You can def ine up to four int eger parameters and four real (decimal) paramet ers. These values work in much the same way as other custom parameters for drill ope rati ons and mis cellane ous operations. The following secti ons describe how to take advantage of this featu re.Post Enhancements NCILinesfor TransformCustomParameters One of the new featu res in Mastercam X5 is the ability to define custom parameters for transform ope ration s. .
Supporting New Parametersin Your Post the Two new NCI lines make the values available to your post: 1031 for the custom reals. 1032 for the custom intege rs. This line calls a new entry postblock. ptransint$. par amete rs 5-10 are for future use. Use it to enter the desi red labels for the fields. Each line has 10 parameter s. ptransreal$. only the first four are supported. This line calls a new entry post block.132 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 Definingthe Field Labels The Control Definition Manager includes a new Text page called Transform Operation. New predefined variables store the values: trans_mr1$-trans_mr10$ for the custom reals trans_mi1$-trans_mi10$ for the custom integers .In X5.
POST ENHANC EMEN TS • 133 The new lines are output following the 1020 line. The new predefined variables retain their values until the next 1031/1032 is output. Post writers who want to use this feature in X5 need to declare and initiali ze the new postblocks from scratch. This means that the post writer needs to reset them between transfo rm ope rations. Note: The Mastercam generic posts do not contain any default implementation of the new postblocks. .
134 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 EjectStock Optionfor Lathe903 Line Lathe chuck ope rations for X5 now include an Eject stock opt ion. This value is output as the . When you select this option. is set to 3. clmp_op$ seco nd para meter on the 903 NCI line.
It is output following the 20009 line for mill tool change s. Enter the desired tool diameter in the Cut Pattern page. the value is zero. except for Lathe misc ops. The defau lt value is the diameter of the ope ratio n’s selected tool. This value is output on a new 20800 NCI line and is availab le to your post. and Router toolpath s. It is output for tool changes and for null tool changes whe re the operation change s. If the operation is not a multiax is operation. and the 20112 line for lathe tool cha nges. but you can override this default with any desi red value. This new NCI line is output for Mill. .POST ENHANC EMEN TS • 135 20800 NCILine forM ultiaxisCompin Control Mastercam X5 now supports multiaxis compensat ion in cont rol. Lathe.
These new NCI lines follow a scheme similar to what was used in X4 for the Agievision interf ace. For X5. Before you can use the new libraries. . Lines 22001-22005 are shared with the Agievision interface.136 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 NCISupportfor New Wire Power Libraries Mastercam X5 int roduces new Wire power libraries stored as XML-based .TECH files. you must enable the Technology Database inte rface by selecting any of the new Wire machine definitions that include (TECH) in their name s. created specifically for the new power library data. Several new 20000 NCI lines have been c reated to supp ort the new Technol ogy Dat abase inte rface that accompanies these files. Lines 22101-22113 are new lines. these machine definitions include Makino and Mitsubishi ma chine s.
This option is always output as 0 on the 22002 line.100 For the Mitsu bushi.POST ENHANC EMEN TS • 137 Like the Agievision inte rface. Mastercam does not enab le the new featu res Use the sx_nci_default$ variable to valid ate the Machine model select ion: For the Makino. see the Mastercam X5 NCI & Parameter Reference installed in your Mastercam inst allation \Document ation folder. sx_nci _default$ = 50. The data that you see and select in the . Note: For the Makino and Mitsubishi machines. sx_nci_default$ = 100. NCI lines 22001-22113 are output for each roughing cut and skim pass. For more informat ion on validating the Agievision post. N C IO u tp u tfor T E C H Files When the interface is enabled. the Control version option is disabled. The text string for the Machine model is output with the 22001 line. the cont rol defin itions for the TECH machi nes are keyed to the Machine model selected on the Control Model page. Unless you select either Mitsubis hi or Makino.50 The sx_nci_default$ variable works just as it does with the Agievision interface. for both primary and taper cuts.
NCI Line Description Machine model string from control definition. 1=met ric. Wire material (string). Piece material (string). Not used. . See the online help for Mastercam X5 to learn to use the diffe rent options when programming Mastercam. Use the picture on the previous page. and the table below as a guide to the NCI output. Uni ts intege r.TECH file. used to identify the librar y. This is a single string that is used for the entire librar y. always blank. 22001 22002 22003 22004 22005 22101 22102 22103 22104 Not used. Machine string. Power library comment. not all of it is visible in the dialog box. Control string.always 0. the following picture. used to identify the librar y.138 • WHAT’S NEW IN MASTE RCAM X5 Techn ology Database dialog box is read from the XML data in the . 0=inch.
Note: Not all parts will have diffe rent values for maximum and minimum thickness. 2 Maximum thickn ess of primary piece. Miscellaneous file paths (if any). 5 6 Maximum thickn ess of taper piece.POST ENHANC EMEN TS • 139 NCI Line Description 22105 22106 22107 Quality description/lab el. the value output with this paramet er will be the average. The class Method for primary cuts (string ). This is also output with the tool change lines (NCI 1000/1001 /1002) as the ccode$ parame ter. you need no add itional prog ramming to suppo rt the new libraries. See note after paramet er 2. 22108 22109 22110 22111 22112 22113 Taper Ra. 3 Primary Ra. 4 Minimum thickness of taper piece. the value out put with the parameter will be the average. This line consis ts of a string of six numeric values: 1 Minimum thickness of primary piece. If the selected Finish (Ra) is a range of values. The class Method for taper cuts (string ). a single thickne ss value will be output in both places.TECH file. If you use these machine definitions and posts. Finish (Ra) string for taper cuts. In these cases. Finish (Ra) string for primary cuts. This is a comment that applies to the individual pass. although it only contains numeric data. . Machining condi tion code. If the selected Finish (Ra) is a range of values. These are read direc tly from the . This is output as a strin g. Note: The Makino and Mitsubishi machine definitions supplied with Maste rcam X5 include posts that already implement these features.
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