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This manual is a guide for instructors and trainers teaching Mastercam X³ Mill Level 1. Note: It is intended to be used in conjunction with Mastercam X³ Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials published by In-House Solutions. This manual makes reference to the Mastercam X³ Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials throughout. We do not recommend trying to use this Guide without students having a copy of the Mastercam X³ Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials. This manual also makes use of Mastercam files, which can be downloaded from the Training Exercises CD that comes with this book.

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TABLE OF CONTENT Lesson #1: Introduction to Mastercam Lesson #2: Introduction to Geometry Creation Lesson #3 Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #4 Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #5 Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #6 Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #7 Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #8 Wireframe and Solid Geometry Creation Lesson #9 Wireframe and Solid Geometry Creation (continued) Lesson #10 Geometry Creation . Properties and basic 2D Toolpaths Lesson #12 2D Toolpaths Lesson #13 2D Toolpaths (continued) Lesson #14 Introduction to 2D High Speed Toolpaths Lesson #15 2D Toolpaths using Transform Toolpaths Lesson #16 2D Toolpaths (continued) Lesson #17 2D Toolpaths (WCS) Lesson #18 2D High Speed Toolpaths (continued) Lesson #19 fbm mill & drill Toolpaths Lesson #20 Toolpaths .Test Lesson #11 Introduction to Chaining.Test 3 15 28 34 40 47 56 61 69 71 73 91 97 100 107 111 121 126 133 140 .

LESSON #2: INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY CREATION Lesson Plan Introduction to Geometry Creation Lesson Objectives Create a rectangle knowing the width and height Create parallel lines.ppt Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book Page-15 . by defining the offset direction and distance Create lines knowing the endpoints Create arcs knowing the diameter and center point Create fillets Trim the existing geometry Mirror xisting geometry Move origin to redefine the part Create points knowing their positions Time Teaching / Learning Strategies 30 min Have Students follow Tutorial 1 from the book to create 2D Geometry. page 1-33 &1-34 Have students complete the first 2 questions from Tutorial 1 Quiz found in their books on page 1-36 Resources Mastercam & Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book CD Training Exercises Use PowerPoint : Lesson2. Page 1-2 to Page 1-9 Enhancing Phase 1 hour Use the following Training Exercises: Create_Point_Pos Create_Rectangle Create_Lines Create_Arc Fillet Trim Mirror These exercises will help reinforce the commands used to create the tutorial drawing and aid the students with 2D geometry. Assignments / Quiz 30 min Have the students complete Tutorial 1 – Exercise 1 and Tutorial 1 – Exercise 2 found at the end of Tutorial 1 in the book.

Y.MCX File Open Select Create_Point_Pos. Move to Origin to redefine the part origin. Mirror existing geometry to complete a part. quadrant or arc center of already created lines or arcs. Create Circle Center Point knowing the diameter and the center point. and Z or creates a point at the endpoint. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.mcx You can start the command from the Menu.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Students complete Tutorial 1 geometry INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mastercam Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-2 to page 1-9 Students complete Tutorial 1 geometry The following commands are shown in Tutorial 1: Create Rectangle knowing the width and the height of the rectangle. Page-16 . Create Line Parallel by defining the offset direction and distance. midpoint. intersection. CREATE POINT POSITION COMMAND Create Point Position Definition: Create Point Position command creates a point defined by its coordinates X.ppt Training Exercises CREATE_POIN T_POS.

Quadrants. Intersection. Origin and Center locations. or by entering the width and height in the ribbon bar and an anchor point. Press Enter key. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Tips: Create the points on the right side drawing to match the left side.25+. it displays a temporary square over the point and the corresponding cursor icon.ppt CD Training Exercises CREATE_RECTA NGLE.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation You can also start the command from the Sketcher toolbar. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2. Midpoints. Use the Fast Point icon to enter the coordinate values for the rest of the points as per the drawing.5. The anchor point can be located at a corner or at the center of the rectangle.75 -1 (Enter) CREATE RECTANGLE & CREATE RECTANGULAR SHAPES COMMANDS Create Rectangle Definition: Create Rectangle command creates a rectangle based on two points. Mastercam does the math.MCX File Open Select Create_Rectangle. Use the Autocursor function to insert the points at the Endpoints.mcx Page-17 . As Mastercam detects and snaps to points. -1. For the second point you can type 2.

It also allows you to create a line polar knowing one endpoint location.ppt CD Training Exercises CREATE_LINE S. an obround shape. Select the approximate anchor placement in the dialog box. Type the Width and the Height values.MCX Note that Create Line Enpoint allows you to create the following types of lines: Line Endpoints Line Horizontal Line Vertical Line Polar Multiple Lines Line Tangent Page-18 . CREATE LINE ENDPOINT & CREATE LINE PARALLEL Create Line Endpoint Definition: Create Line Endpoint command allows to create a line knowing the two endpoint coordinate values. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2. the length and the angle of the line. With this command you can also create multilines or tangent lines.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Create Rectangle INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Tips: Type the coordinate values of the opposite corners of the rectangle as per thdrawing using the Fast Point icon. and enter the coordinate values as per the drawing. You can create horizontal or vertical lines. Create Rectangular Shapes Definition: Create Rectangular Shapes allows you to create a rectangle. D shape or a double D shape. Create Rectangular Shapes Tips: Select the Drop-down arrow to extend the dialog box. The shapes can be created using a based point for the anchor and by entering the width and height of the shape. The shapes can also be created using 2 points method by entering the two opposite corner coordinate values. Reselect the command to change the point placement.

Sketch the endpoints of the vertical line approximately at the same location from X and Y axis as per left side drawing.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation File Open Select Create_Lines. Enter 1. Create a vertical line: Line Vertical Enable Vertical icon in the Ribbon Bar.0 as the X coordinate. Unselect the Vertical icon. -1.mcx Create Line Endpoint Line Horizontal INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Create a horizontal line: Enable Horizontal icon in the Ribbon Bar. Type the coordinates values for the second point (-2. Enter 1. Press the Enter key. Select the Apply button to continue.5 as the Y coordinate. Create a line knowing the endpoints: Line Endpoints Select the Fast Point icon .75. Select the Apply button to continue.75) Enter Select the Apply button to continue. Press the Enter key. -.5. Create a polar line: Line Polar Enter the Length 3 and the Angle -25. Type the coordinates values for the first point (-1.0 Select the Origin (the center of the Grid) as the first endpoint Select the OK button to exit the command. Sketch the endpoints of the horizontal line approximately at the same location from X and Y axis as per left side drawing.5) Enter Select again the Fast Point icon . Page-19 .

You can create the parallel line knowing the distances between the lines or knowing a point to position the parallel line.0 and select the point as the center location.50. Select the OK button to exit. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.ppt CD Training Exercises CREATE_ARC. Select the existing line and indicate the offset direction by clicking below the existing line. Create Page-20 .mcx Create Arc Circle Center Point Tips: Enter the Radius = 1. Tips: Enter the Diameter = 1. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Create Line Parallel INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Definition: Create Line Parallel command creates a line parallel to an existing line. MCX File Open Select Create_Arc. Create Line Parallel Tips: Enter the Distance 0.0 and select the point as the center location. Select the OK button to exit. CREATE CIRCLE CENTER POINT & CREATE ARC ENDPOINT COMMANDS Create Circle Center Point Definition: Create Circle Center Point command creates a circle knowing the center point location and the radius or the diameter of the circle.

select the second point. inverse. Create Arc Arc Endpoints Tips: Enter the Radius = 0.MCX File Open Select Fillet. Following the same steps CREATE FILLET ENTITIES & CREATE FILLET CHAIN COMMANDS Create Fillet Entities Definition: Create Fillet Entities command creates an arc of a defined radius tangent to two curves. First rectangle Enter the Radius = 0. the Trim icon is enabled and Mastercam trims the curves to .ppt CD Training Exercises FILLET. The system gives all possible results.25 Page-21 . PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2. Always select the fillet. Select the first point. however.mcx Create Fillet Entities By default. you have the option to turn off trimming the curves on the side that you want to keep after filleting. Select the OK button to exit. circle or clearance) before selecting the two entities. You can trim to the fillet the original entities or leave them untrimmed. . Select the Apply button to continue in the same command create the other arc. Select the arc that you want to keep. You can select different fillet styles (normal.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Arc Endpoint INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Definition: Create Arc Endpoint command creates an arc knowing the two endpoint locations and the radius of the arc.25.

Create Fillet Chains Definition: Create Fillet Chains command lets you create fillets at sharp corners along selected chains of curves. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command. The lower left corner settings should be as follows: Enable Clearance and Trim . Select the Apply button to continue in the same command. The upper right corner settings should be as follows: Enable Inverse and keep Trim . Select one of the rectangle lines and then the OK button to exit Chaining dialog box.375 Enable Normal and Trim. Page-22 . Create Fillet Chain Second rectangle Enter the Radius: = 0. Select the OK button to exit the command. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation The upper left corner settings should be as follows: INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Enable Normal and Trim. Select the OK button to exit the command. The lower right corner settings should be as follows: Enable Circle and Trim .

Based on what button you enable in the ribbon bar you can trim. Definition: Trim command allows you to trim 1. break or extend the entities.MCX Edit/ Trim/Break Trim/Break/Extend Trim 1 entity Definition: Trim 1 entity trims or extends one curve to its intersection with a second curve without modifying the second entity. trim to a selected point or position. Page-23 . You can also divide entities based on the closest intersection. File Open Select Trim. Enable Trim 1 entity button. Select the entity to trim on the side that you want to keep after trimming. 2 or 3 entities.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE TRIM COMMAND Edit Trim/Extend/ Break Definition: Trim/Extend/Break function has three commands incorporated in one.ppt CD Training Exercises TRIM.mcx PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.

The first two Definition: Trim 3 entities curves that you select are trimmed to the third selected curve. The third curve is then trimmed to the first two curves. which acts as a trimming curve. Enable Trim 3 entities button you want to keep after trimming. you want to keep after trimming. Select the entities to trim on the side that Enable Trim 2 entities button. Select the entities to trim on the side that Page-24 .Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Definition: Trim 2 entities Trim 2 entities INSTRUCTOR GUIDE trims or extends both curves to their intersection. . Trim 3 entities trims or extends all three curves.

Enable Trim Divide button. If the point that you enter does not lie on the selected entity. Mastercam calculates the closest position on the entity and trims the entity to that point. Select the OK button to exit the command. Enable Trim to Point button.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Trim Divide Definition: Trim Divide trims a line or an arc into two disjointed segments by removing the segment that lies between two dividing curves. removed. Page-25 . Select the parts of the entity to be Trim to Point trims or extends a curve to a point or any defined Definition: Trim to Point position in the graphics window. Select the entity to trim/extend and then select the point.

Y-axis.Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE XFORM MIRROR COMMAND Xform Mirror Definition: Xform Mirror command creates reverse images of geometric and drafting entities with respect to a defined axis or two points.mcx Xform Mirror Tips for the upper shape Select the entities to mirror using window by enable Window Selection and mirror twice :once about X-axis. in the Mirror dialog box Select two of the open ends of Page-26 . You have the option to move or copy the original entities within the drawing. Tips for the middle shape Select both contours to mirror using chain by enble Chain Selection and enable the Select Line button in the Mirror dialog box. an existing line or two points. The axis can be defined as X-axis. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2. then about Yaxis.ppt CD Training Exercises MIRROR. Tips for the lower shape Select both contours to mirror using Chain Selection and enable Select 2 points button the contours. Select the red color line.MCX File Open Select Mirror. a point and an angle.

Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation Assignment Tutorial 1 – Exercise1 INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-33 The student creates the 2D geometry from Tutorial 1 – Exercise1 Use the following commands: Create Rectangle Create Line Endpoint (Horizontal / Vertical) Create Fillet Trim Divide Assignment Tutorial 1 – Exercise 2 The student creates the 2D geometry from Tutorial 1 – Exercise 2 Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-34 Use the following commands: Create Rectangle Create Line Parallel Create Line Endpoint Trim Divide Create Fillet Trim 2 entities Answer the first 2 questions from the Tutorial 1 quiz Quiz Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-36 Page-27 .

Verify the toolpaths. Enhancing Phase 40 min Load toolbar states PowerPoints: Lesson11a. encourage students to take notes and ask questions. Backplot the toolpaths. On pages 1-33 & 1-34 Have students finish Tutorial 1 Quiz on page 1-36 Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book Page 73 .Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE LESSON #11 INTRODUCTION TO CHAINING. Use PowerPoint: Lesson11a. Time Teaching / Learning Strategies Resources 40 min Download and demonstrate CD Training Exercises ANALYZE CHAIN. Learn about contour toolpath.ppt Load Machine type Introduction to icons found under Operations Manager Present Machine Group Properties and explain settings found there. 40 min Contour toolpath parameters PowerPoints: Lesson11b. PROPERTIES AND BASIC 2D TOOLPATHS Lesson Plan Introduction to Chaining and setting up Properties and basic 2D toolpaths Lesson Objectives Learn about chaining. Set up bounding box 20 min Have students complete the Toolpath Creation from Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book Tutorial 1 found on pages 1-10 to 1-32. Create Basic Toolpaths using geometry created in Lesson 2 (Tutorial 1).ppt Download and demonstrate CHAIN1.MCX Show students various methods for chaining geometry.ppt Backploting the toolpaths Verifying the toolpaths Drill toolpath parameters Assignment / Quiz Have the students open 2D Geometry from Tutorial 1 Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book Exercises and complete toolpaths on those parts. Load correct machine type. Learn about drilling toolpath.MCX Discuss Chaining problems.

(lines. Note: To change the direction of the arrows just click on Reverse from the Chaining dialog box. points. as it will determine the direction the cutter travels when machining the part. Arrows will go counter clockwise when the line is selected here. arcs.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE CHAINING About chaining Definition: Chaining is a process used to select a number of entities.0001 in the system configuration). Below is an example of how to select geometry using chaining method. CHAINING PROBLEMS Untrimmed entities Description Chain stops. The entities form a chain when the distance between two consecutive entities is less than the chaining tolerance (.ppt Arrows will go clockwise when the line is selected here. When Chaining Geometry to create a toolpath it is important in certain circumstances to chain the geometry in the proper direction.) Chaining is used when modifying or transforming existing entities or when creating a toolpath. Lines do not touch Check Zoom in to inspect Fix Trim lines together Page 74 . PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 11a. splines etc.

Enable CPlane to select the entities that are in the current construction plane. Duplicate entities Duplicate entities Identical entities on top of each other Zoom in on the area. or guide the chaining by selecting the next branch if all entities area in the same Cplane. Use Xform. Project. Lines cross Zoom in to inspect INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Trim lines Branches Chain stops at Branch Points Note that the chain stops at the first branch. a thicker line should become visible Delete Duplicate entities Page 75 .Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Chain stops. Lines at different Z depths Lines don’t touch Look at geometry in Gview Isometric.

MCX File Open Select Analyze chain. Page 76 .dll and Open button.dll user application.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Overlapping entities Overlapping entities (Entities of different lengths on top of each other). use Analyze commands and move the cursor to the top of the entities. Zoom in on the area. Overlapping Entities The upper left contour has entities of different lengths on top of each other.dll C-hook FIXING CHAINS Training Exercises ANALYZE CHAIN. The system will display how many duplicate entities were erased. Select FindOverlap. To fix the geometry use FindOverlap.mcx Analyze Analyze Chain Delete Duplicates Upper right corner geometry has Duplicate Entities Use Delete Duplicates icon to remove all identical entities from the screen. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Use Findovlp. To open the C-Hooks directory hold down Alt key and type C.

Make sure that Move is enabled and project to construction plane and 0 depth as shown to ther right. Untrimmed Entities The lower right contour has untrimmed entities. Page 77 .Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Use All button and All Entities when you are prompted to select the geometry. Select the Cleanup button in the Find Overlap C-Hook dialog box and hit OK. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Entities at different Z depths The lower left contour has entities at different z-depth. To see the geometry use Graphic View Isometric Xform Project Definition: Xform Project projects all entities at the same z-depth in Top Construction Plane. To fix the geometry use Edit Trim/Break Trim/Break/Extend Trim 2 entities. Hit the Enter button to end the selection. When prompted to select the geometry use All button as shown in the previous step to select all entities. Make sure that you select the entities on the side that you want to keep.

allows you to select 3D geometry.MCX Use Analyze Chain command to show the different selection options. 3D . Window Area Single Polygon Partial Vector Other controls let you manage the selection process: Last End chain Unselect Reverse chaining direction Full Chain mode Use Chain selection to create closed chains.allows you to select geometry created in the current construction plane. File Open Select the CHAIN1. the Chaining dialog box provides chain selection methods including: C-plane .MCX Select the chain as shown Page 78 .SELECTION METHODS Chaining dialog box In Wireframe mode.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE CHAINING . Training Exercises CHAIN1.

Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Enable Chain button and then select the chain as shown. Page 79 . and Dynamic buttons. You can also expand the chaining dialog box by selecting the drop down arrow and show how you can change the start of the chain using Forward . Click on the Reverse button to change the chaining direction. Partial Chain Use Partial chaining to create open chains. and then click the last entity of the chain. it prompts you to choose the path for the chain to follow. Chain with Branches Branch point is the position where the endpoints of two or more entities meet. Back Click on Unselect button to continue. Leave Level 11 as the current main level. Analyze Chain Click the first entity of the chain. When Mastercam encounters a branch point during chaining. Last Entity Change the Levels Select Level in the Status bar and make Level 1 invisible and Level 3visible. First Entity Press Esc to exit the Chaining dialog box. Branch points indicate where there are different paths that the chain can take.

Mastercam provides Entity. All the mask does is to block all the entities that do not match the mask criteria. Change the levels Select Level in the Status bar and make Level 3 invisible and Level 4 visible. and Level.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Analyze Chain INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Note the extra dashed lines. Page 80 . Press the Esc to exit the command. They let you "pre-select" categories of entities to build your chain from. Chaining Options Definitions: The chain Mask options speed up chaining for a large number of entities or when branch points are involved. Leave the current main level Level 11. Color. Change the Gview to Isometric. Press Esc to exit. Guide the red arrow along the solid line contour to chain the entire contour. C-Plane Cplane chains only entities that are parallel to the current construction plane and at the same Z depth as the first entity you chain. Analyze Chain Enable C-Plane and chain the bottom chains as shown above.

Analyze Chain Click on the Options shown above. Open chains allow you to select a section of the chain by selecting the first entity and the last entity of the chain. Start chain at point will start the chaining from a point that you create on an endpoint of an entity in the chain. Mastercam creates an open chain which includes all adjacent entities between these two points. Page 81 . Curves that are less than the section stop angle are considered tangent for this chaining method.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Color Mask INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Color Mask chains only entities that form a chain and have the same color as the first entity you chain. More about Chaining Options Definitions: Closed chains allow you to select all entities adjacent to the selected entity in the forward and reverse directions until it reaches the end of a chain or a branch point. Ignore depths (in 3D mode) lets you chain entities that could form a chain (the distance between two consecutive entity endpoints is smaller than the chain tolerance) but have different depths. Mastercam chains along a set of smooth curves. it ends the chain. When Mastercam encounters an angle that exceeds the section stop angle or a branch point. button and enable Color and chain the top chain as Press Esc to exit. In Section chaining. Section angle applies only to Section chaining.

You may need to choose a sync mode if you have attempted to create a surface and found that it twists. the edges of a surface. Reverse inner chains changes the direction of chaining for the inner chains.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Allow surface edges in Single mode allows you to select. You can speed up chaining using next closest. Chaining tolerance sets the default chaining tolerance value. The Sync mode option of the Chaining Options dialog box determines how Mastercam should divide up the chains. When unchecked. Choosing inside to outside sorts and chains the curves from the innermost to the outermost. Mastercam chains the outer and inner boundary closest to the point you entered to define the area chain and any curves or points between the two. You can sort the chains starting with the outermost chains using outside to inside. It also allows you to sort and optimize the chaining using optimize inside to outside or optimize outside to inside. Break entities in Dynamic sets the system to automatically break the entities at intersection while in Dynamic mode. Plane tolerance sets the default plane tolerance value. Infinite nesting in area chains one mouse click chains all of the curves and points within a closed boundary. in single mode. Settings Toolbar states Select 2D-Toolpaths. Nested chains Sorting lets you choose different sorting options while selecting geometry that is completely contained within a closed boundary. TOOLBAR STATES -2D TOOLPATHS Load Toolbar States Before starting the toolpath creation we should customize the toolbars to see the toolbars required to machine a 2D part. Page 82 . Sync mode allows Mastercam to break a chain into a number of separate chains for the purpose of creating the surface.

It will automatically have the Machine definition. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Select the OK button to accept it.ppt Machine Definition Control Definition Control Definition provides the post processor with the information it needs to process the toolpath.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Select the Load button.PST file should now be set in the control definition. Note that the PowerPoint presentation shows another way of setting the toolbar. Many of the settings in the control definition replace the numbered questions found in posts for earlier versions of Mastercam. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 11a. Post Processor Post Processor refers to the process by which the toolpaths are converted to a format that can be understood by the machine tool's control (for example. Definitions: Machine Definition describes the components of the machine tool and their interrelationship and motion. Gcodes). so that settings that previously required editing the . Page 83 . MACHINE TYPE Load the Machine type Selecting the correct machine is an important step in CNC programming. the Control definition and the Post processor linked to generate the specific code required by the CNC machine tool.

edit. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 11a.ppt Page 84 . Use this dialog box to sort. verify and post any operations.ppt Toolpaths Manager Icons PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 11.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE TOOLPATHS MANAGER Toolpaths Manager The Toolpaths Manager lists all operations in the current job. regenerate. You can enter this dialog box by selecting the Toolpaths tab.

speeds. and setting up stock models and safety zones that will be used by all operations in the machine group. etc. It is used mainly with multiaxis toolpaths. tool offset numbers. Tool Settings tab Tool Settings tab allows you to control how Mastercam assigns tool numbers.) The functions in this dialog box are divided into four tabs: PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 11a. support files.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE MACHINE GROUP PROPERTIES Machine Group Properties Machine group properties include selecting the machine tool that will perform the operations in the group. A single part can have multiple machine groups.e.ppt Files tab Files tab allows you to specify the names and data paths of the files needed to generate the toolpath. Page 85 . and default values for feeds. post and NC settings. tooling.. Stock Setup tab Stock Setup tab allows you to define the stock shape and size to use it when verifying the part using Verify. Safety Zone tab Safety zones tab allows you to define an area around the system origin to allow the tool to retract a safe position outside this area to avoid collisions caused by indexing. each containing machining properties folders that identify properties (i. It also allows you to set the operations defaults. and other toolpath parameters. stock. tool offsets. coolant. default settings and data paths.

PowerPoint Lesson 11b. Select Toolpaths from the menu and click Contour in the drop down list. CONTOUR TOOLPATH Contour Toolpath Definition: Contour toolpath is used to drive a tool along a path. Drill Toolpath used to center drill and drill the holes and the specific parameter description.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation Students complete Tutorial 1 Toolpaths INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mastercam Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-10 to page 1-32 Students complete Tutorial 1 Toolpaths The following settings. Page 86 . Verify toolpath explaining different options to verify the toolpath Modifying the contour to add multiple cutting passes for a better clean up of the part. feedrate calculation and stock. You can use the toolpath for both roughing and finishing. ppt To select the Contour Toolpath use one of the following 3 options: Select the icon from the 2D toolpaths toolbar (left of Toolpaths Manager). Contour Toolpath (open contour) – geometry selection. Backplot and Verify all the operations Post process the file. toolpaths and verification systems are shown in Tutorial 1: Properties – setting the tool numbers. Backplot toolpath explaning different options that could be used to simulate the toolpath. tool selection and specific contour toolpath parameter settings.

Roll cutter around corners set to Sharp inserts arc moves around corners in the toolpath. Compensation direction set to Right offsets the toolpath.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Right click in the Toolpaths Manger area and select Mill toolpaths and then Contour. for most Mill toolpaths. Clearance value sets the height at which the tool rapids to or from the part. This tab is the same. set feed rates and speeds and set other general toolpath parameters. with the radius of the tool. Compensation type set to Computer allows Mastercam to compensate the toolpath. or very similar. Feed plane value sets the height from which the tool plunge-rates into the part. before the next step down. Infinite look ahead prevents the toolpath from crossing itself (fish tail). The radius of the arc moves is equal with the radius of the tool.ppt Contour Parameters tab Definitions: Contour Parameters tab allows you to enter cutting parameters for a contour toolpath. Top of stock value sets the height of the material. Page 87 . Right click anywhere in this window Toolpath Parameters tab Definition: Toolpath Parameters tab allows you to select a tool. For a detailed explanation of the parameters please check the PowerPoint: Lesson11a. and doesn’t output G41/G42 in the code. to the right side. Depth value sets the final machining depth for the drilling operation. Retract value sets the height at which the tool rapids/feed-rates up to.

This display lets you spot errors in your program before you machine the part. Save as geometry: Allows you to save the visible toolpath motion as geometry to a specific level using specified attributes. Restrict drawing: Removes all currently plotted toolpaths from the screen. Options: Opens the options available for backplot.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Depth cuts allows you to divide the total depth in increments not bigger than the tool radius. of the current position of the tool and tool holder. Display tool: Shows the tool. Multipasses allows you to follow the contour geometry in steps in the current cutting plane. BACKPLOT Backplot toolpaths Backplotting shows the path the tools follow to cut your part. Save Tool Geometry: Allows you to take a picture and save it. The remaining ones become the only ones Mastercam will plot. Display holder: Shows the tool holder. ppt Backplot icons Display with colour codes: Shows the toolpath moves using colours. Display rapid moves: Shows rapid moves in the backplot. PowerPoint: Lesson11b. Quick Verify: Shows a shaded path the width of the tool as the backplot progresses. Page 88 . Display endpoints: Shows entity endpoints in the toolpath.

step and fast forward. Simulate tool: Displays a solid tool without a holder. PowerPoint: Lesson 11b. Drill/ Conterbore cycle (G81) is recommended for drilling holes with depths of less than three times the tool diameter. generally the fastest option.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Turn off restricted: Turns off the restrictions set with the restrict drawing button allowing you to backplot all of the selected operations. before the next step down. pause. Verification controls allow you to restart. ppt To select the Drill Toolpath you can use one of the 3 options as described in the Contour operation. Retracts fully out of the drilled hole to remove material chips. Clearance value sets the height at which the tool rapids to or from the part. Simple drill no peck (Drill Parameters) tab Drill Parameters tab allows you to select a drilling cycle and enter basic drilling parameters. Note that the Toolpaths Parameters tab is similar with the contour toolpath. Use if machining large files witha lot of code. Page 89 . machine. Peck Drill is recommended for drilling holes with depths of more than three times the tool diameter. VERIFY Verify toolpaths Definition: Verify allows you to verify the machining process from a solid stock model. Simulate tool and holder: Displays a tool and holder as a solid. ppt DRILL TOOLPATH Drill Toolpath Definition: Drill toolpath allows you to drill holes in the part using different cycles that the CNC machine tools are capable of machining. Turbo: Displays no tool. Retract value sets the height at which the tool rapids/feed-rates up to. Depth value sets the final machining depth for the drilling operation. PowerPoint: Lesson 11b.

You can also add a breakthrough amount to the depth for the tool to drill all the way through the stock. Ask prompts the user if you wish to overwrite the file name.ppt Page 90 . POST PROCESSING Post Definition: Post Processor refers to the process by which the toolpaths are converted to a format that can be understood by the machine tool's control (for example. Edit allows you to edit the program. Overwrite automatically overwrites a file with the same name without asking permission. Tap taps right or left internal threaded holes. stop spindle. shifts off the wall of the hole. Output MCX file descriptor allows you to include a description of your file. and rapid-out motion. and retracts. Tip comp: adds the tip of the tool (automatically determined based on the tool diameter and the 118 degrees angle of the drill) to the depth. PowerPoint: Lesson 11b. Retracts partially out of the drilled hole to break material chips. then spins to orient the tool to a pre-defined angle. Bore #2 drills holes with feed-in. NC extension prompts for the extension to be used for the NC files. Fine bore (shift) stops the spindle at the end of each drill point. Bore #1 drills holes with feed-in and feed-out motion. NC file allows you to save your file.Mill Level 1 –Lesson11: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Chip Break drills holes with depths of more than three times the tool diameter. G-codes). Send to machine sends the NC file automatically to the machine’s tool control through your workstation serial port.

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Horizontal Area. Scallop Rest Passes and Pencil Lesson #19 Surface Toolpaths . Extruded.Test 1 9 17 29 37 46 54 64 70 72 73 80 85 90 96 103 108 114 121 . Rough Plunge. Surface Pencil and Project Finish Lesson #16 Surface HS Area Clearance and Surface Finish Contour. Horizontal Area. Scallop.TABLE OF CONTENT Lesson #1 Introduction to 3D Wireframe Lesson #2 Introduction to Curves and Surface Creation: Revolved Lesson #3 Surface Creation: Draft. Primiteves. Waterline and Scallop Rest Passes Lesson #18 Surface HS Core Rough. Leftover and Project Lesson #17 Surface HS Core Rough. Finish Parallel & Finish Contour Lesson #12 3D Toolpaths: Rough Radial and Finish Scallop Lesson #13 3D Toolpaths: Rough Restmill and Finish Blend Lesson #14 3D Toolpaths: Rough Flowline. Finish Shallow and Blend Lesson #15 Surface HS Core Roughing. Ruled/Lofted Lesson #4 Surface Creation: Net Lesson #5 Surface Creation: Swept Lesson #6 Surface Creation: Fillet Lesson #7 Surface Creation: Trim and Offset Lesson #8 Surface Creation: Blend and Fillet Blend Lesson #9 Surface Creation (Continued) Lesson #10 3D Wireframe and Surfaces Creation .Test Lesson #11 Introduction to 3D Toolpaths: Rough Pocket.

Extruded. Primitives and Ruled/Lofted Lesson Objectives Create 3D wireframe Create Ruled/Loft surface Create a Flat Boundary surface Create Primitives Create Draft Surfaces Time Teaching / Learning Strategies 15 min Have students follow Tutorial 2 from the book to create 3D wireframe. Enhancing Phase 1 hour Download the Training Exercises and demonstrate these exercises: Draft_Extrude Primitives LOFT AND RULED SURFACE.MCX Ruled-Sync Rul2 20 min Have the students create the wireframe from Tutorial 2 – Exercise on page 2-28. PRIMITIVES AND RULED/LOFTED Lesson Plan Surface Creation: Draft. Assignments / Quiz 5 min Have students complete the first 2 questions from Tutorial 2 Quiz found in their books on page 2-30. Ruled & Flat boundary surface page 2-2 to page 2-11. EXTRUDED. Resources Mastercam & Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Book CD Training Exercises CD PowerPoint:Lesson 3 Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Book Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Book Page-17 .LESSON #3 SURFACE CREATION: DRAFT.

The following shapes can be created using the primitives commands: Cylinder. Block. MCX Page-18 .MCX Training Exercises PRIMITIVES. Sphere and Torus. EXERCISES USING PRIMITIVES Primitives Surfaces Definition: Primitives creation functions can make solid or surface shapes. These functions are found on the Sketcher toolbar.ppt File Open Select PRIMITIVES. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Students complete INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mastercam Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Page 2-2 to page 2-10 Students complete Tutorial 2 geometry Tutorial 2 geometry The following commands are shown in Tutorial 2: Create the 3D wireframe Create Ruled Surface Create Flat Boundary Create Rectangular Shapes with the surface option enabled. Cone.

major and minor radius. You can draw the torus (in Isometric view) by clicking in the graphics window to set the base point. extend the cylinder in two directions. After setting the major radius. Create the cylinder. or change the sweep to create a slice of a cylinder. enter the minor radius. dragging outward to set the major radius. and sweep angle. select a new base point. Create the torus. sweep angle and the axis.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Create the sphere. Page-19 . change the primary axis. While the sphere is live you can change the base point. radius. While the torus is live you can change the base point. While the cylinder is live you can adjust the dimensions. dragging outward to set the radius. dragging outward to set the radius. Torus Create Primitives Torus Tips: Use different color to create the torus. then dragging up or down to set the height. Sphere Create Primitives Sphere INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Tips: You can draw the sphere by clicking in the graphics window to set the base point. Cylinder Create Primitives Cylinder Tips: Use different color to create the cylinder. You can draw the cylinder (in Isometric view) by clicking in the graphics window to set the base point.

Training Exercises DRAFT_ EXTRUDED.ppt Examples: You can select multiple entities to chain. along a line defined by an angle and a length.MCX Page-20 .Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE DRAFT AND EXTRUDED SURFACES Draft Surface Definition: A Draft Surface is a surface generated by extruding one or more contours. Applications: the surface is used to create an angled surface. or cones and cylinders. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3. a tapered wall. A zero value entered in the Angle field produces no tilt and is the equivalent of an extrusion perpendicular to the construction plane. MCX File Open Select DRAFT_EXTRUDED. Mastercam creates a separate draft surface for each individual entity in each chain.

Enter Angle = 5 deg. Select the chain and then enter the values in the dialog box to match the ones from the finish geometry in the right colummn. Note that the extrusion is always perpendicular to the Cplane. Select the chain and then enable Plane instead of Length in the dialog box.0.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Create the draft surface in the upper right corner. and select the Plane button. Page-21 . INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Draft Surface Create Surface Draft Tips: Make sure that the current Cplane is set to Top plane.) Create the draft surface in the middle Create Surface Draft Tips: Make sure that the current Cplane is set to Front plane. Angle = 5 deg. (Length = 1.

0. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE . not the curves from which it was created. and then select from the Make sure that the resulting arrow will point towards the original chain. or cones and cylinders. Extrude Surface Create the extrude surface in the lower right corner. Definition: Extrude Surface command creates CAD surfaces over the closed chains.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Define the plane by selecting Entities button graphic window two lines that intersect. (Length = 1. Page-22 . Create Surface Extrude Select the chain and then enter the values in the dialog box to match the ones from the finish geometry in the right colummn. a tapered wall. Note that the different between the draft surface command and the extrude surface command is that the last creates extra surface at the top and bottom of the shape.) Note that changes that you make using the Extruded Surface dialog box affect the surface model only. Angle = 5 deg. Applications: the surface is used to create an angled surface.

Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE RULED / LOFTED SURFACES Ruled Surfaces Definition: Ruled Surface is a surface generated by connecting straight lines between two or more open or closed contours. Applications: any time a surface must be fit between two or more open or closed contours. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3. Applications: any time a surface must be parabolically blended through more than two curves. When creating a ruled surface with three or more curves defining the boundary. Note that the system will automatically create a ruled surface through two chains of entities. As a result the surface has rounded edges at the intermediate contours. Page-23 . Mastercam creates separate surfaces between each pair of curves rather than one surface with sharp corners and ridges.ppt Example: Loft Surfaces Definition: Loft Surface is a surface generated by blending together more than 3 open or closed contours.

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Ruled/ Lofted Surface Ribbon bar buttons Chain .Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation To generate a proper ruled or lofted surface you need to: Select the contours in the order Aligned the starting locations Select all contours in the same direction.creates Ruled surfaces using linear blending of a minimum two curves or chains of curves. Page-24 . Ruled Training Exercises LOFT AND RULED SURFACE. MCX File Open Select LOFT AND RULED SURFACE. . and in the same direction.creates Lofted surfaces using a smooth blending of a minimum two curves or chains of curves. .MCX Create a Ruled Surface in the upper right corner Create Surface Ruled/Loft Tips: Select the contours in the order.allows you to return to the graphics window to select new chains. Enable the Ruled button. from the same starting locations.

Enable the Lofted button. and in the same direction. Page-25 . from the same starting locations.MCX Create Surface Ruled/Loft No Synchronization Create ruled surfaces without Synchronization. from the same starting locations. and in the same direction.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Create a Lofted surface in the lower right corner Create Surface Ruled/Loft INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Tips: Select the contours in the order. Tips: Select the contours in the order. Select the ok button to accept the warning that sharp corners will be ignored. MCX File Open Select Ruled-Sync. RULED AND LOFT CONTOUR SYNCHRONIZATION Training Exercises Ruled-Sync.

Tips: In the Chaining dialog box select the Options button and enable Mask on Color. Training Exercises Rul2. or point.MCX File Open Select Rul2. which lets you match curves manually or by entity.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Create ruled surfaces with Synchronization. Synchronization INSTRUCTOR GUIDE In order to better match the curves or chains of curves. branch. node.MCX Page-26 . The color mask excludes from chaining all entities except those whose colors match any of the color(s) you select. you may want to select your curves using the Sync chaining method (Chaining Options dialog box). Synch by branch match the curves at the branches. while the branches are blue. CREATE RULED/LOFT SURFACES USING WINDOW SELECTION. Note that the chains are green color.

In the Chaining dialog box enabled the Window button. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Window selection Make a window around the wirefame and select as the search point one of the endpoints of the first contour as shown. Make sure that you disable Mask on Color and turn Sync mode to None. Page-27 .Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Create Surfaces Ruled/Loft Tips: Select Options button in the Chaining dialog box. Enabled Loft icon.

Mill Level 3 – Lesson 3: Geometry Creation Assignments INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 2-28 The student creates the 3D wireframe and surfaces of Tutorial 2 – Exercise Tutorial 2 – Exercise Use the following commands: Create Ruled/Lofted Surface Create Flat Boundary Surface Create Rectangular Shape with surface option on. Quiz Answear the first question from the Tutorial 2 quiz Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 2-30 Page-28 .

Pencil and Project Toolpaths Lesson Objectives High Speed Core Toolpath Finish Boss shape using Scallop Toolpath Finish the Floor using Rough Pocket with facing option on Finish the part using Pencil Toolpath Use Check Holder to check the to find the minimum required tool length Engrave the letters using Finish Project Toolpath Time Teaching / Learning Strategies Resources 40 min Have the students complete Tutorial 5 toolpaths creation Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Book found on pages 5-26 to 5-73 Enhancing Phase 60 min Go over PowerPoint to reinforce toolpaths used in PowerPoint: Lesson 15.ppt Tutorial 5 Assignment / Quiz 30 min Have the students open the geometry from Tutorial 5 Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Book Exercise.LESSON #15 SURFACE HIGH SPEED CORE ROUGHING. Complete the toolpaths on the part found on pages 5-74 5 min Have students complete Tutorial 5 Quiz found on page 577 Page-96 . PENCIL AND PROJECT TOOLPATHS Lesson Plan Surface High Speed Core Roughing.

a mixture of bosses and cavities. In these cases.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation Students complete Tutorial 5 toolpaths INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mastercam Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial Page 5-26 to page 5-73 Students complete Tutorial 5 toolpaths The following toolpaths are shown in Tutorial 5: Surface HS . An important feature of core roughing is that Mastercam can change the machining strategy within the same operation if the part has. and machine the bosses from the outside. PowerPoint: Lesson 15. Mastercam will cut the cavities inside to out (like an area clearance cutting pass).ppt Page-97 .Core Roughing Surface Finish Scallop Surface Rough Pocket with Facing option Surface Finish Pencil Check Holder C-Hook Surface Finish Project SURFACE HIGH SPEED – CORE ROUGHING HS Core Roughing toolpath Definition: Surface HS Core Roughing toolpaths are designed for machining cores which can be approached from the outside. for example.

Leads fields set the tool moves onto and off of the part at the start and end of each cutting pass. Mastercam will create a ramp move instead. Smoothing inserts arcs at corners to create smoother tool motion. Transitions Transitions Transitions allow you to configure the entry move that the tool will make as it transitions to new Z levels.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation Specific Surface HS Core Roughing Parameters Cut Parameters Cut Parameters Step-down value sets a constant Z spacing between cutting passes. Max trimming distance parameter limits the amount of trimming applied to nonhorizontal passes. Minimum vertical retract is a vertical retract and constant-Z move at the Part clearance height. maintaining a minimum distance from the surface to fit the arc. Fitting settings allow you to choose how the entry and exit arcs fit to the ends of the cutting passes. INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Add cuts feature allows you to insert additional cutting passes in areas of your part where the profile is close to flat. The amount of smoothing is constrained by the maximum radius that you enter. You can choose to create either a ramp entry. Mastercam will add new cuts to maintain the maximum profile stepover. Linking Parameters Page-98 . If the profile is too small to create a helix of this size. Mastercam will use the largest value possible (up to the maximum XY stepover) that does not leave unwanted material between the passes. it will not separate the passes by less than the minimum stepover. Linking Parameters Linking options allow you to configure how Mastercam links air moves when the tool is not in contact with the part. or helical entry move. These moves are applied to each pass no matter which cutting pass is selected. while spacing them each by at least as much as the minimum step-down. However. XY stepover settings allows you to configure the spacing between the passes at the same Z. Minimize trimming sets the path to retract to be as close to the surface as possible.

Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation Arc Filter/ Tolerance INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Profile tolerance determines the maximum deviation between the smoothed and unsmoothed toolpaths and is only applied on the outermost cutting pass. Page-99 . SURFACE ROUGH POCKET WITH FACING Rough Pocket Facing Definition: Surface Rough Pocket Facing automatically detects and creates motion on the flat surfaces within a pocket.ppt Specific Surface Rough Pocket-Facing Parameters Floor extensions a 2D offset that extends the toolpath off the flat surface. positive or negative can be used Wall clearance additional clearance from wall surfaces in X and Y direction. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 15. This will allow the tool to start just off the flat floors in open areas of the pocket Floor adjustment an additional Z stock offset. Offset tolerance is defined in the same way as the Profile tolerance. but it is applied to all the inner passes.

Unlimited allows Mastercam to create an unlimited number of offset passes all the way across the selected drive surface. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 15. Over thickness value is added to the cutter radius.ppt Specific Surface Finish Pencil Parameters Parallel passes None creates a single pencil toolpath.Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE SURFACE FINISH PENCIL Finish Pencil toolpath Definition: Surface Finish Pencil toolpaths can be used as a finish operation to clean leftover materials from corners. It is used when the cutter’s radius is very close or smaller than any fillets in the drive surfaces. Number per side allows you to specify the number of passes on each side of the pencil trace. Bitangency angle defines the angle between surfaces that can be machine with the pencil toolpath. Page-100 . The toolpath is generating a trace between the sharp edges of the selected surfaces.

splines) onto selected surfaces. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 15. Add depths allow you to add cut depths for the rough project. Curve allow you to project 2D chains of entities (lines. points.ppt Specific Surface Finish Project Parameters Projection type NCI allows you to project an existing 2D toolpath (contour or pocket) onto selected surfaces. It is enabled only with projection type NCI. or another NCI file onto selected surfaces. Retract between cuts forces a retract move between cuts and for engraving letters (curve projection type) allows the tool to retract between letters. Page-101 .Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation INSTRUCTOR GUIDE SURFACE FINISH PROJECT Finish Project toolpath Definition: Surface Rough and Finish Project Toolpaths allow you to project curves. These toolpaths can closely match the cut motion to the shape of the part and can be used for engraving. Mastercam prompts you to select the chains after you exit project parameters. Mastercam prompts you to select the chains after you exit project parameters. arcs. Points allow you to project points onto selected surfaces.

Mill Level 3 – Lesson 15: Toolpath Creation Assignment Tutorial 5 – Exercise1 INSTRUCTOR GUIDE Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial pages 5-73 to 5-75 The student creates the 2D geometry of Tutorial 5 – Exercise1 Use the following toolpaths: Surface High Speed Core Roughing Surface Rough Pocket .Facing Surface Finish Scallop 2D Pocket Surface Finish Project Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 5-77 Quiz Answear the first question from the Tutorial 5 quiz Page-102 .