TUTORIAL SERIES FOR

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE FOR MASTERCAM X MILL LEVEL 1 TRAINING TUTORIALS

Mastercam“ Instructor Guide for Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials Date: June 8, 2009 Copyright © 1984 - 2009 In-House Solutions Inc. - All rights reserved. Software: Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Authors: Mariana Lendel ISBN: 978-1-926566-28-3 Notice In-House Solutions Inc. reserves the right to make improvements to this manual at any time and without notice. Disclaimer Of All Warranties And Liability In-House Solutions Inc. makes no warranties, either express or implied, with respect to this manual or with respect to the software described in this manual, its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In-House Solutions Inc. manual is sold or licensed "as is." The entire risk as to its quality and performance is with the buyer. Should the manual prove defective following its purchase, the buyer (and not In-House Solutions Inc., its distributor, or its retailer) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair of correction and any incidental or consequential damages. In no event will InHouse Solutions Inc. be liable for direct, indirect, or consequential damages resulting from any defect in the manual, even if In-House Solutions Inc. has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. Copyrights This manual is protected under the copyright laws of Canada and the United States. All rights are reserved. This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any electronic medium or machine readable form without prior consent, in writing, from InHouse Solutions Inc. Trademarks Mastercam is a registered trademark of CNC Software, Inc. Microsoft, the Microsoft logo, MS, and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Mastercam; Windows 95, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

This manual is a guide for instructors and trainers teaching Mastercam X Mill Level 1. Note: It is intended to be used in conjunction with Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials published by In-House Solutions. This manual makes reference to the Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials throughout. We do not recommend trying to use this Guide without students having a copy of the Mastercam X 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.

Legend: Step to follow to complete the tutorial Additional explanation for the current step

Callouts that give direction on how to complete the task

Bold text (usually) represents Mastercam terminology

To order Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials books: Contact your Mastercam Dealer, Call 1-800-529-5517 or Place an order through www.inhousesolutions.com

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 - Test Lesson #11: Introduction to Chaining, 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 1 13 26 32 38 44 53 58 66 69 71 91 97 100 107 111 121 126 133 142

Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation
File Open Select Create_Lines.mcx Create Line Endpoint Line Horizontal

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Create a horizontal line:
Enable Horizontal icon in the Ribbon Bar. Sketch the endpoints of the horizontal line approximately at the same location from X and Y axis as per left side drawing. Enter 1.5 as the Y coordinate. Press the Enter key. Select the Apply button to continue.

Line Vertical

Create a vertical line:
Enable Vertical icon in the Ribbon Bar. Sketch the endpoints of the vertical line approximately at the same location from X and Y axis as per left side drawing. Enter 1.0 as the X coordinate. Press the Enter key. Select the Apply button to continue. Unselect the Vertical icon.

Line Endpoints

Create a line knowing the endpoints:
Select the Fast Point icon . Type the coordinates values for the first point (-1.75, -.5) Enter Select again the Fast Point icon . Type the coordinates values for the second point (-2.5, -1.75) Enter Select the Apply button to continue.

Line Polar

Create a polar line:
Enter the Length 3 and the Angle -25.0 Select the Origin (the center of the Grid) as the first endpoint Select the OK button to exit the command.

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Create Line Parallel

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Definition: Create Line Parallel command creates a line parallel to an existing line. You can create the parallel line knowing the distances between the lines or knowing a point to position the parallel line. Create Line Parallel
Tips: Enter the Distance 0.50. Select the existing line and indicate the offset direction by clicking below the existing line.

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. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.ppt CD Training Exercises
CREATE_ARC. MCX

File Open Select Create_Arc.mcx Create Arc Circle Center Point
Tips: Enter the Radius = 1.0 and select the point as the center location. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command. Tips: Enter the Diameter = 1.0 and select the point as the center location. Select the OK button to exit.

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Create Arc Endpoint

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Definition: Create Arc Endpoint command creates an arc knowing the two endpoint locations and the radius of the arc. Create Arc Arc Endpoints
Tips: Enter the Radius = 0.25. Select the first point, select the second point. The system gives all possible results. Select the arc that you want to keep. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command create the other arc. Select the OK button to exit. . 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. You can trim to the fillet the original entities or leave them untrimmed. You can select different fillet styles (normal, inverse, circle or clearance) before selecting the two entities. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.ppt CD Training Exercises
FILLET.MCX

File Open Select Fillet.mcx Create Fillet Entities
By default, the Trim icon is enabled and Mastercam trims the curves to . Always select

the fillet; however, you have the option to turn off trimming the curves on the side that you want to keep after filleting.

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First rectangle
Enter the Radius = 0.25
The upper left corner settings should be as follows:

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Enable Normal

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 the Apply button to continue in the same command.
The lower right corner settings should be as follows:

Enable Circle

and Trim

.

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 OK button to exit the command.

Create Fillet Chains

Definition: Create Fillet Chains command lets you create fillets at sharp corners along selected chains of curves. Create Fillet Chain

Second rectangle
Enter the Radius: = 0.375 Enable Normal and Trim. Select one of the rectangle lines and then the OK button to exit Chaining dialog box. Select the OK button to exit the command.

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TRIM COMMAND
Edit Trim/Extend /Break Definition: Trim/Extend/Break function has three commands incorporated in one. Based on what button you enable in the ribbon bar you can trim, break or extend the entities. Definition: Trim command allows you to trim 1, 2 or 3 entities, trim to a selected point or position. You can also divide entities based on the closest intersection. File Open Select Trim.mcx PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.ppt CD Training Exercises
TRIM.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. Enable Trim 1 entity button. Select the entity to trim on the side that you want to keep after trimming.

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Trim 2 entities

Definition: Trim 2 entities

trims or extends both curves to their intersection.
Select the entities to trim on the side that

Enable Trim 2 entities button. you want to keep after trimming.

Trim 3 entities

trims or extends all three curves. The first two Definition: Trim 3 entities curves that you select are trimmed to the third selected curve, which acts as a trimming curve. The third curve is then trimmed to the first two curves.
Enable Trim 3 entities button you want to keep after trimming. . Select the entities to trim on the side that

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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.
Enable Trim Divide button.

Select the parts of the entity to be

removed.

Trim to Point

trims or extends a curve to a point or any defined Definition: Trim to Point position in the graphics window. 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.
Enable Trim to Point button. Select the entity to trim/extend and then select the point. Select the OK button to

exit the command.

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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. The axis can be defined as X-axis, Y-axis, a point and an angle, an existing line or two points. You have the option to move or copy the original entities within the drawing.

PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 2.ppt CD Training Exercises MIRROR.MCX

File Open Select Mirror.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, then about Yaxis.

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. Select the red color line.

Tips for the lower shape
Select both contours to mirror using Chain Selection and enable Select 2 points button the contours. in the Mirror dialog box Select two of the open ends of

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Mill Level 1 –Lesson 2: Geometry Creation
Assignment Tutorial 1 – Exercise1

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-38

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 1-39

Use the following commands: Create Rectangle Create Line Parallel Create Line Endpoint Trim Divide Create Fillet Trim 2 entities

Quiz

Answer the first 2 questions from the Tutorial 1 quiz

Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 1-41

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LESSON #3: GEOMETRY CREATION (CONTINUED)

Lesson Plan Geometry Creation (continued)
Lesson Objectives Trim 1 entity to another existing entity Break –Join Offset Create a fillet Create 45 degree chamfers Time Teaching / Learning Strategies 30 min Have students follow Tutorial 2 from the book to create 2D Geometry; page 2-2 to page 2-12. Enhancing Phase 10 min Download Exercises and Demonstrate Break-Join Offset This will help reinforce the commands used to create the previous drawing and further aid the students with 2D geometry. Assignments / Quiz 40 min Have the students complete Tutorial 2 – Exercise 1 and Tutorial 2 – Exercise 2 found at the end of Tutorial 2 from the book; page 2-48 & 2-49 Have students complete the first question from Tutorial 2 Quiz found in their books on Page 2-51.

Resources Mastercam & Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book CD Training Exercises CD PowerPoint : Lesson3.ppt

Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book

Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial Book

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Students complete Tutorial 2 geometry

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
Mastercam Mill Level 1 Training Tutorial page 2-2 to page 2-12

Students complete Tutorial 2 geometry

The following commands are shown in Tutorial 2: Create Rectangle knowing the width and the height of the rectangle. Create Line Parallel by defining the offset direction and distance. Trim 1 entity to another existing entity. Create Fillet knowing the radius of the arc. Create Chamfer knowing the width and the angle. Create Circle Center Point knowing the diameter and the center point. Xform Mirror existing geometry to complete the part.

BREAK COMMANDS

PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt Training Exercises BREAKJOIN.MCX

Edit Break

Definition: Break command gives you options for breaking curves into multiple segments.

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File Open Select Break-Join.mcx

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Break Two Pieces

Break Two Pieces
Edit Trim/Break Break Two Pieces
Tip: Select the entity to break, select the Midpoint where you want to break the selected entity.

Break an entity at a given length
Trim/Break/ Extend command Edit Trim/Break Trim/Break/Extend
Tip: Select the entity near the endpoint that you want to use to calculate length, and enter the Length in the Ribbon Bar.

Break Many Pieces
Break Many Pieces Edit Trim/Break Break Many Pieces
Tips Select the line in the graphics window. To break the line into a defined number of equal segments, enter the number # =5. Select the OK button to exit the command.

Break at Intersection

Break at Intersection
Edit Trim/Break Break at Intersection
Tips: Select the arc an the two lines in the graphics window. Select the End Selection button. or press Enter.

JOIN COMMAND
Edit Join entities Definition: Join command joins collinear lines, arcs that have the same center and radius or splines that were originally created as the same entity.

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TUTORIAL SERIES FOR

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE FOR MASTERCAM X MILL LEVEL 3 TRAINING TUTORIALS

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

This manual is a guide for instructors and trainers teaching Mastercam X Mill Level 3. Note: It is intended to be used in conjunction with Mastercam X Mill Level 3 Training Tutorials published by In-House Solutions. This manual makes reference to the Mastercam X Mill Level 3 Training Tutorials throughout. We do not recommend using this guide without students having a copy of the Mastercam X Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial. This manual also makes use of Mastercam files, which can be downloaded from the Instructor CD that comes with this book.

Legend: Step to follow to complete the tutorial Additional explanation for the current step

Callouts that give direction on how to complete the task

Bold text (usually) represents Mastercam terminology

To order Mastercam X Mill Level 1 Training Tutorials books: Contact your Mastercam Dealer, Call 1-800-529-5517 or Place an order through www.inhousesolutions.com

Mastercam“ Instructor Guide for Mastercam X Mill Level 3 Training Tutorials
Date: June 3, 2009 Copyright © 1984 - 2009 In-House Solutions Inc. - All rights reserved. Software: Mastercam X Mill Level 3 Authors: Mariana Lendel ISBN: 978-1-926566-29-0

Notice
In-House Solutions Inc. reserves the right to make improvements to this manual at any time and without notice.

Disclaimer Of All Warranties And Liability
In-House Solutions Inc. makes no warranties, either express or implied, with respect to this manual or with respect to the software described in this manual, its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In-House Solutions Inc. manual is sold or licensed "as is." The entire risk as to its quality and performance is with the buyer. Should the manual prove defective following its purchase, the buyer (and not In-House Solutions Inc., its distributor, or its retailer) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, of correction and any incidental or consequential damages. In no event will InHouse Solutions Inc. be liable for direct, indirect, or consequential damages resulting from any defect in the manual, even if In-House Solutions Inc. has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

Copyrights
This manual is protected under the copyright laws of Canada and the United States. All rights are reserved. This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any electronic medium or machine readable form without prior consent, in writing, from InHouse Solutions Inc.

Trademarks
Mastercam is a registered trademark of CNC Software, Inc. Microsoft, the Microsoft logo, MS, and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Mastercam; Windows 95, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Lesson #1 Introduction to 3D Wireframes Lesson #2 Introduction to Curves and Surface Creation: Revolved Lesson #3 Surface Creation: Draft, Extruded, Primiteves, 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, 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, Rough Plunge, Finish Shallow and Blend Lesson #15 Surface HS Core Roughing, Surface Pencil and Project Finish Lesson #16 Surface HS Area Clearance and Surface Finish Contour, Leftover and Project Lesson #17 Surface HS Core Rough, Horizontal Area, Waterline and Scallop Rest Passes Lesson #18 Surface HS Core Rough, Horizontal Area, Scallop, Scallop Rest Passes and Pencil Lesson #19 Surface Toolpaths - Test

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LESSON #3 SURFACE CREATION: DRAFT, EXTRUDED, PRIMITIVES AND RULED/LOFTED
Lesson Plan Surface Creation: Draft, 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, Ruled & Flat boundary surface page 2-2 to page 2-13. Enhancing Phase 1 hour Download the Training Exercises and demonstrate: 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 2-31. Assignments / Quiz 5 min Have students complete the first 2 questions from Tutorial 2 Quiz found in their books on page 2-33.

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

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Students complete

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
Mastercam Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 2-2 to page 2-13

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.

EXERCISES USING PRIMITIVES
Primitives Surfaces Definition: Primitives creation functions can make solid or surface shapes. These functions are found on the Sketcher toolbar. The following shapes can be created using the primitives commands: Cylinder, Cone, Block, Sphere and Torus. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt

Training Exercises PRIMITIVES. MCX

File Open Select PRIMITIVES.MCX

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Sphere

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Create the sphere.
Create Primitives Sphere
Tips: You can draw the sphere by clicking in the graphics window to set the base point, dragging outward to set the radius. While the sphere is live you can change the base point, radius, and sweep angle.

Torus

Create the torus.
Create Primitives Torus
Tips: Use different color to create the torus. You can draw the torus (in Isometric view) by clicking in the graphics window to set the base point, dragging outward to set the major radius. After setting the major radius, enter the minor radius. While the torus is live you can change the base point, major and minor radius, sweep angle and the axis.

Cylinder

Create the 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, dragging outward to set the radius, then dragging up or down to set the height. While the cylinder is live you can adjust the dimensions, extend the cylinder in two directions, select a new base point, change the primary axis, or change the sweep to create a slice of a cylinder.

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INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

DRAFT AND EXTRUDED SURFACES
Draft Surface Definition: A Draft Surface is a surface generated by extruding one or more contours along a line defined by an angle and a length. Applications: the surface is used to create an angled surface, a tapered wall, or cones and cylinders. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt

Examples:

You can select multiple entities to chain. Mastercam creates a separate draft surface for each individual entity in the chain. A zero value entered in the Angle field produces no tilt and is the equivalent of an extrusion perpendicular to the construction plane.
Select the proper Cplane before creating the draft surface.

Training Exercises DRAFT_ EXTRUDED. MCX

File Open Select DRAFT_EXTRUDED.MCX

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Create the draft surface in the upper right corner.

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Draft Surface

Create Surface Draft
Tips: Make sure that the current Cplane is set to Top plane. Note that the extrusion is always perpendicular to the Cplane.

Select the chain and then enter the values in the dialog box to match the ones from the finish geometry in the right colummn. (Length = 1.0; Angle = 5 deg.)

Create the draft surface in the middle

Create Surface Draft
Tips: Make sure that the current Cplane is set to Front plane.

Select the chain and then enable Plane instead of Length in the dialog box. Enter Angle = 5 deg. and select the Plane button.

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INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Define the plane by selecting Entities button intersect select from the graphic window.

and then the two lines that

Make sure that the resulting arrow points towards the original chain.

Definition: Extrude Surface command creates CAD surfaces over the closed chains. Applications: the surface is used to create an angled surface, a tapered wall, or cones and cylinders.
Note that the difference between the draft surface command and the extrude surface command is that the last creates an extra surface at the top and bottom of the shape.

Extrude Surface

Create the extrude surface in the lower right corner.

Create Surface Extrude Select the chain and then enter the values in the dialog box to match the ones from the finished geometry in the right colummn. (Length = 1.0; Angle = 5 deg.)
Note that changes that you make using the Extruded Surface dialog box affect the surface model only, not the curves from which it was created.

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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. When creating a ruled surface with three or more curves defining the boundary, Mastercam creates separate surfaces between each pair of curves rather than one surface with sharp corners and ridges. Applications: any time a surface must be fit between two or more open or closed contours. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt

Example:

Loft Surfaces

Definition: Loft Surface is a surface generated by blending together more than 3 open or closed contours. As a result the surface has rounded edges at the intermediate contours. Applications: any time a surface must be parabolically blended through more than two curves. Note that the system will automatically create a ruled surface through two chains of entities.

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To generate a proper ruled or lofted surface you need to:
Select the contours in the order from left to right or top to bottom Aligned the starting locations Select all contours in the same direction.

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Ruled/ Lofted Surface Ribbon bar buttons

Chain

allows you to return to the graphics window to select new chains. creates Ruled surfaces using linear blending of a minimum two curves or chains of curves. creates Lofted surfaces using a smooth blending of a minimum two curves or chains of curves.

Ruled

Loft

Training Exercises LOFT AND RULED SURFACE. MCX

File Open Select LOFT AND RULED SURFACE.MCX

Create a Ruled Surface in the upper right corner
Create Surface Ruled/Loft
Tips: Select the contours in the order, from the same starting locations, and in the same direction.

Enable the Ruled button.

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Create a Lofted surface in the lower right corner
Create Surface Ruled/Loft
Tips: Select the contours in the order, from left to right.

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE

Enable the Lofted button.

RULED AND LOFT CONTOUR SYNCHRONIZATION
Training Exercises Ruled-Sync. MCX

File Open Select Ruled-Sync.MCX Create Surface Ruled/Loft

No Synchronization

Create ruled surfaces without Synchronization.
Tips: Select the contours, from the same starting locations, and in the same direction.

Select the ok button to accept the warning that sharp corners will be ignored.

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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, you may want to select your curves using the Sync chaining method (Chaining Options dialog box), which lets you match curves manually or by entity, branch, node, or point. Synch by branch match the curves at the branches.

Tips: In the Chaining dialog box select the Options button and enable Mask on Color. The color mask excludes all entities from chaining except those whose colors match any of the color(s) you select. Note that the chains are green color, while the branches are blue.

CREATE RULED/LOFT SURFACES USING WINDOW SELECTION.

Training Exercises Rul2.MCX

File Open Select Rul2.MCX

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Create Surfaces Ruled/Loft
Tips: Select Options button in the Chaining dialog box. Make sure that you disable Mask on Color and turn Sync mode to None. 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.

Enabled Loft icon.

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Assignments

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 2-31

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

Answer the first question from the Tutorial 2 quiz

Mill Level 3 Training Tutorial page 2-33

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TUTORIAL SERIES FOR

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE FOR MASTERCAM X LATHE TRAINING TUTORIALS

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

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

Legend: Step to follow to complete the tutorial Additional explanation for the current step

Callouts that give direction on how to complete the task

Bold text (usually) represents Mastercam terminology

To order Mastercam X Lathe Training Tutorials books: Contact your Mastercam Dealer, Call 1-800-529-5517 or Place an order through www.inhousesolutions.com

Mastercam“ Instructor Guide for Mastercam X Lathe Training Tutorials Date: July 7, 2009 Copyright © 1984 - 2009 In-House Solutions Inc. - All rights reserved. Software: Mastercam X Lathe Authors: Mariana Lendel ISBN: 978-1-926566-35-1 Notice In-House Solutions Inc. reserves the right to make improvements to this manual at any time and without notice. Disclaimer Of All Warranties And Liability In-House Solutions Inc. makes no warranties, either express or implied, with respect to this manual or with respect to the software described in this manual, its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In-House Solutions Inc. manual is sold or licensed "as is." The entire risk as to its quality and performance is with the buyer. Should the manual prove defective following its purchase, the buyer (and not In-House Solutions Inc., its distributor, or its retailer) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair of correction and any incidental or consequential damages. In no event will InHouse Solutions Inc. be liable for direct, indirect, or consequential damages resulting from any defect in the manual, even if In-House Solutions Inc. has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. Copyrights This manual is protected under the copyright laws of Canada and the United States. All rights are reserved. This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any electronic medium or machine readable form without prior consent, in writing, from InHouse Solutions Inc. Trademarks Mastercam is a registered trademark of CNC Software, Inc. Microsoft, the Microsoft logo, MS, and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Mastercam; Windows 95, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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: Introduction to Chaining, Properties and basic 2D Toolpaths Lesson #7: Lathe Face, Rough and Finish Toolpaths Lesson #8: Groove and Drill Toolpaths Lesson #9: Quick Rough, Quick Finish and Cutoff Toolpaths Lesson #10: Rough and Finish Canned Toolpaths and Groove - Chain Lesson #11: Thread Toolpath, Stock Flip, Stock Advance, Create Tailstock Lesson #12: Test

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LESSON #3: GEOMETRY CREATION (CONTINUED)

Lesson Plan Geometry Creation (continued)
Lesson Objectives Trim 3 entities Create Chamfer Time Teaching / Learning Strategies 20 min Have students follow Tutorial 2 from the book to create 2D Geometry; page 2-2 to page 2-13. Enhancing Phase 15 min Download Exercises and Demonstrate Chamfer Offset This will help reinforce the commands used to create the previous drawing and further aid the students with 2D geometry. Assignments 60 min Have students follow Tutorial 3 from the book to create 2D Geometry; page 3-2 to page 3-14. Have the students complete Tutorial 2 – Exercise found at the end of Tutorial 2 from the book; page 2-42 Tutorial 3 – Exercise found at the end of Tutorial 3 from the book; page 3-42

Resources Mastercam & Lathe Training Tutorial Book CD Training Exercises CD PowerPoint : Lesson3.ppt

Lathe Training Tutorial Book

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Students complete Tutorial 2 geometry

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Mastercam Lathe Training Tutorial page 2-2 to page 2-13

Students complete Tutorial 2 geometry

The following commands are shown in Tutorial 2: Create Line Endpoint knowing one endpoint, the length and the angle. Create Line Endpoint knowing the two endpoints. Trim 2 entities up to their intersection point. Create Line Parallel by defining the offset direction and distance. Trim 3 entities up to their intersection points.

CHAMFER COMMANDS
PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt Training Exercises CHAMFER. MCX

Chamfer Entities

Definition: Chamfer command allows you to chamfer entities that have sharp corners.

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File Open Select Chamfer.mcx Create Chamfer Entities
By default, Trim icon

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is enabled and Mastercam trims the curves to the

chamfer; although you have the option to turn off trimming . Always select the curves on the side that you want to keep after chamfering.

1 Distance

Tips: For the far right corner
Enter the Distance = 0.25 Enable 1 Distance and Trim. Select the two lines. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command .

2 Distances

The settings for the second corner from the right side should be as follows
Enable 2 Distances and keep Trim . Enter the 1st Distance = 0.25; 2nd Distance = 0.125. Select first the horizontal line and then the vertical line. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command .

Distance/ Angle

The settings for the third corner from the right side should be as follows
Enable Distance/Angle and Trim . Enter the 1st Distance = 0.375; Angle = 30; Select first the horizontal line and then the vertical line.

Width

The settings for the last corner should be as follows:
Enable width and Trim . . Select the Apply button to continue in the same command

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Tips: For Bottom Profile
Create Chamfer Chains Select the chain. Enter the Distance = 0.125 Enable 1 Distance and Trim. Select the Apply button to continue in the same command

Chamfer Chains

OFFSET COMMANDS
Xform Offset Definition: Offset (a single entity) command moves or copies the entity at a defined distance and direction. The direction is perpendicular to the curve at every point along the curve relative to the current construction plane. PowerPoint Presentation: Lesson 3.ppt Training Exercises OFFSET.MCX

File Open Select Offset.mcx

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Xform Xform Offset

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Tips: Select Copy as the type of operation to perform; number of steps # 3; enter the value for Offset distance = 0.25 ; select the entity in the graphics window. Click on one side of the selected entity to indicate the offset direction. Select the . Change the Offset settings and select the arc and Apply button to continue. the side to indicate the offset direction. Select the OK to close the dialog box.

Xform Offset Contour

Definition: Offset Contour command allows you to select a chain of curves and then displaces them by a defined distance, direction and optional depth. The offset is perpendicular to the chain of curves at every position along the curves relative to the current construction plane.

Xform Xform Offset Contour
Tips Select the contour and and then the OK button to exit Chaining. Enable Copy; enter the Distance = 0.225 and select the OK button. In the graphic window the resulting contour will be displayed in magenta color. Make sure that it is below the original contour (in red). Otherwise, select the Reverse button . Select the OK button to exit Offset Contour dialog box.

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Assignments

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Lathe Training Tutorial 3 page 3-2 to 3-14

The student creates the 2D geometry from Tutorial 3

Tutorial 3

The following commands are shown in Tutorial 3: Create Line Endpoint knowing one endpoint, the length and the angle. Create Line Parallel by defining the offset direction and distance. Create Line Endpoint (multi) knowing the endpoints. Create Fillet Xform Mirror Lathe Training Tutorial page 2-42

The student creates the 2D geometry from Tutorial 2 – Exercise
Tutorial 2 – Exercise

Use the following commands: Create Rectangular Shapes Create Line Parallel Create Line Endpoints Create Chamfer Trim-3 Entities Xform Mirror about Z-axis
Tips: Create just a ¼ of the entire geometry and then, Mirror the geometry about Z-axis.

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Assignments

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Lathe Training Tutorial 3 page 3-42

The student creates the 2D geometry from Tutorial 3 – Exercise

Tutorial 3Exercise

The following commands should be used: Create Rectangle knowing the width, the height and the anchor location. Create Line Endpoint knowing one endpoint, the length and the angle. Create Line Parallel by defining the offset direction and distance. Create Fillet knowing the radius Create Chamfer knowing the distance and the angle Xform Mirror about D-axis

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