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Mastercam 2017 Interface
Copyright: 1998 -2017 In-House Solutions Inc. All rights reserved
Software: Mastercam 2017
Author: Mariana Lendel
ISBN: 978-1-77146-643-1
Revision Date: April 29, 2016
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Press means to press on a keyboard key. right. or move the scroll index in a list. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page |1 . A Function is the same as a menu option or command. Dialog Box/Panel is a window that opens to allow input of information and setting of defaults. Choose means to select a menu option or button.Legend Conventions Key words and Mastercam menu items are shown in bold the first time they are used. Options are Mastercam functions selected from the main menu. and detailed instruction on the most important features are included when possible. Columns on the outside edges of each page and note pages at the end of each chapter provide ample space for taking notes. or up. Click means the same as left click. Scroll means to roll the mouse scroll wheel. Enter means to select the <Enter> key on your computer keyboard. recommended settings. Terms The following terms are used throughout this book. to reveal more menu lists. Useful tips. Open/Close means to open or close a dialog or information box. • • • • • • • • • • • • • Left Click means to click once on the left mouse button. Drop Down/Flyout Menus are menus that expand down. best practices. Right Click means to click once on the right mouse button. left. Help means the Mastercam help files loaded with your software.

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 You will learn how to configure and customize Mastercam to suit your own preferences and maximize productivity.  First you will study the GUI layout and interface components including Ribbon Tabs. Dialog Boxes and Panels. Hot Keys.Mastercam 2017 Interface OBJECTIVES This book explains the overall design and use of Mastercam’s 2017 Graphical User Interface (GUI). Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|3 .  A detailed explanation about the new ribbon tabs and where the commands and functions that you used in previous versions are located will conclude this book.

Icons are picture representations of functions. Because this workspace is dynamic and customizable. For example. this example shows notes and interface components that are not normally displayed together. and Drop Down menu and Panel are shown off-sett from their normal position for clarity. Ribbon Tabs The Ribbon tabs allows you to select all Mastercam functions from a list of words across the top of the workspace. Groups functions that are most used and displays them as Icons. your screen may appear somewhat different from that shown. Item Window Control Quick Access Toolbar Page |4 Definition Minimize. save. For instructional purposes. These tabs open ribbons with specific commands.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE An illustration of the Mastercam workspace is shown below. and manage MCAM and other file types. Mastercam 2017 Interface . the Grid is active. Restore Down or Close Mastercam. Backstage By selecting FILE you open the Backstage where you have access to functions that are used to open.

Area where geometry and toolpaths are created. Quick Mask buttons Allows you to select entities based on an specific criteria. Provide information and prompts for next expected action Plane Information Information regarding the active planes. Mouse Cursor Shows mouse location. In Mastercam 2017 the buttons are divided in half. backplot.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Item Definition Panels/ Dialog boxes A window that opens to allow input of information and setting options. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|5 . Clicking on Right Mouse Button with cursor in the graphics area opens the RMB menu. Planes manager allows you to set the current Graphic view. Drop-down Menu Graphic Area Origin Menus that expand downward. Clicking on the left side of the button you select all entities that are matching the mask function. regenerate. and WCS (Work Coordinate System) Toolpaths/Solids/Planes/ Levels Managers/Recent Functions Toolpaths manager panel lists the toolpath operations allowing you to generate. the Construction plane and the Tool plane. edit. Clicking on the right side of the Mask button you select only the entities that are matching the mask function. Dialog boxes are tailored for specific functions and often feature descriptive graphics to simplify user input. and displayed. Levels manager allows you to manage the level settings for the current part file. Keyboard Function keys [F1-F12] and other key combinations can be assigned to functions. RMB Right Mouse Button. Appears as a cross hair over the graphic area and as arrow when over a menu item. verify. Keyboard Command Not shown. Solids panel displays the history of the solid operations and allows you to view. Z axes. Recent Function panel displays a list with the latest functions used. Mini Toolbar Displays the current attributes and allows the users to quick change them. and post any operation. Y. edited. manage. sort. Function Prompt Prompts for user input. and edit solids and solid operations. the World Coordinate System. Intersection of X.

Each tab contains groups of commands specific to a type of activity. double click again in the tab area as shown in Figure: 2.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Ribbon Interface Mastercam 2017 features a new ribbon interface that is similar with other software such as Microsoft Office products. double click in the tab area as shown in Figure: 1. The ribbon tabs combine icons with text which makes finding a function very easy. With this new interface it is easier to find the functions you need to complete your part. Figure: 2 Page |6 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Each ribbon tab is a list of similar functions displayed from simple to more complex. The nine ribbon tabs allow you access every function available in the software. Figure: 1 To display the ribbons back. To hide the ribbons and gain more space in the graphics window.

One of the most common ways to work with Mastercam is shown in Figure: 3. Special ribbon tab is allocated to dimension the geometry. This causes a panel or a dialog box to appear.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE There are designated ribbon tabs to create or to manipulate the geometry using wireframe. Selecting a machine will open a contextual tab that contains all the toolpaths and related functions that can be used with the machine. you then click on the command icon. To start a command you select the specific ribbon tab and the ribbon opens along the top edge of the graphics area. Choose a function by moving the cursor over it until the icon and text background color change. Make the desired changes in the function panel and follow the prompts. Figure: 3 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|7 . surfaces or solids. and then left click once. To move from one tab to the next one you can hover the cursor above the tab area and scroll up the mouse wheel to move to the next tab on the left or scroll down the mouse wheel to move to the next tab to the right. In the ribbon. You also have a specific Machine tab that includes your machines. Select the OK button to finish the command.

Click FILE to access the Backstage view. By default. save. shown in Figure: 4. and manage Mastercam files and other file types. Figure: 4 Mastercam File (Backstage) Functions By selecting FILE you open the Backstage where you have access to functions that are used to open.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Quick Access Toolbar New in Mastercam 2017. Quick Access Toolbar has the following functions. Page |8 Mastercam 2017 Interface . the Quick Access Toolbar is located at the upper left corner of the screen.

Customer Satisfaction Survey rates Mastercam quality . usefulness and ease of user account. or connect with the Mastercam community.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE You can also access information about the current file. This tab links your Mastercam installation to your Mastercam. The Community tab is new in Mastercam 2017. The following functions are available in the Backstage view. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|9 . It also manages your feedback to improve the quality of the software. open the help. customize the interface.

the respective panels should appear on the left side of the graphics window as shown. It also allows you to access the Multi-Threading Manager and if you purchased Art. Groups and Recent Functions panels. Levels. the Art Manager can be activated here too. To hide all panels. Page |10 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Once the managers are selected. Solids.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Manager Panels In the VIEW tab. click on the Auto Hide icon. the Managers group allows you to toggle the display of the Toolpaths. Planes.

MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE The panels will be hidden to the left of the graphics window as shown. To dock the panel click again on the pin icon. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|11 . Grid The Grid superimposes a pattern of dots and dashed lines on the drawing space. Evenly spaced dots provide a visual cue of the approximate size and location of part features. Activate the grid dialog box by selecting the VIEW then select the Grid dialog launcher as shown. To re-open the panels you can click on one of the managers’ tabs. the center of the grid shows the part origin. Furthermore.

MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE The Grid Settings dialog box appears as shown. Page |12 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

the General Selection Bar is a combination between AutoCursor and General Selection from the previous version of Mastercam.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE General Selection bar In Mastercam 2017. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|13 .

The following Quick Mask buttons are available in Mastercam. To select only entities that are lines. or length. the buttons are divided in two sections. click on the left upper side of the button to Select all line entities button as shown.MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Quick Mask Buttons The Quick Mask buttons allow the quick selection of all the entities of a specified type. Mastercam 2017 Interface . Selects all/only lines from the graphics window. The right lower side of the button allows you to select only entities similarly grouped. diameter. The left upper side allows you to select all entities that can be grouped based on their type or specific attributes. New to Mastercam 2017. For example. The QM buttons are located to the left in the graphics window as shown. click on the right lower side of the button to Select only line entities as shown. attribute. Item Select all/only point entities Select all/only line entities Page |14 Definition Selects all/only points from the graphics window. to select all lines.

MASTERCAM GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE Item Select all/only arc entities Select all/only spline entities Select all/only wireframe entities Definition Selects all/only arcs from the graphics window. attributes or properties. Select all/only entities by color Selects all/only entities that have the same color from the graphics window. Select all/only group entities Selects all/only entities that were selected in a transform command. Clear selection/all masking Unselect all selected entities or all masked entities from the graphics window. Select all/only drafting entities Selects all/only drafting entities from the graphics window. Selects all/only wireframe entities from the graphics window. Selects all/only polygonal meshes from the graphics window. Select all/only results entities Selects all/only entities that were create after a transform command. Selects all/only splines from the graphics window. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|15 . Select all/only advanced Opens Select all dialog box in which you can filter entities to be selected based on common type. Select all/only surface entities Selects all/only surfaces from the graphics window. Select all/only surface curve entities Select all/only polygonal mesh entities Select all/only solid entities Selects all/only surface curve from the graphics window. Selects all/only solids from the graphics window.

Select all advanced button allows you to select all the entities that have the same combined conditions. The following dialog box appears on the screen. Page |16 Mastercam 2017 Interface . In this case you can select same type of entities that also have the same attributes.

click to place a checkmark by the Miscellaneous option and then click on the Miscellaneous button. Then enable Diameter and enter a value in its field.The Select only advanced button opens a dialog box that lets you configure the cursor to only select entities of a specified type. Exit the Select Only dialog box and pick entities from the graphic area. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|17 . attribute diameter or length. For example. to select only arcs of a specified diameter.

the construction mode and the z depth of the construction plane.Mini Toolbar and Right Mouse Click Options The main difference in the Right Mouse click in Mastercam 2017 is the new Mini toolbar that allows you to quick change entities’ attributes. Figure: 5 Page |18 Mastercam 2017 Interface . The commands that are included in the Mini toolbar are shown in Figure: 5.

The toolbar should look as shown. the Cplane. To re-attached the Mini toolbar to the Right Mouse Click. A simplified Status Bar exists in Mastercam 2017 at the bottom of the graphics window. Click on the Toggle Attributes Panel icon to lock the toolbar as shown. select the Toggle Attributes Panel icon again. the Tplane and the WCS plane as well as to set the appearance options for surfaces and solids.Mastercam 2017 allows you to transform the Mini toolbar to be able to access the attributes at all times as you did with the Status bar in previous Mastercam versions. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|19 . You can use it to quick modify the construction mode.

Quick Access Toolbar has the following functions shown in Figure: 6 . Figure: 6 You can move the QAT above or below the ribbon and you can customize it as needed. Page |20 Mastercam 2017 Interface . By default. the Quick Access Toolbar is located at the upper left corner of the screen.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE Customizing Quick Access Toolbar New in Mastercam 2017.

Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|21 . and RMB menus using the FILE.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE You can customize Mastercam’s Quick Access Toolbar. You can Add. drop-down menus. Remove functions from the toolbar or you can Reset the toolbar to the original functions that Mastercam installation provides. Options dialog box. Ribbon tabs. The Options dialog box with the Quick Access Toolbar should look as shown.

right mouse click on the Clear Colors icon as shown. you have to find first the command in the ribbon. to add Clear Colors to the QAT. The QTA should look as shown.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE The ability to customize Mastercam is a powerful tool for improving productivity. from the HOME ribbon. To add a new command to the QAT. For example. Page |22 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Then right mouse click on it and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

Select New Tab button to create a new tab and a new group. Rename both tab and group. Click on the Choose command from drop down arrow to display a list with all the Mastercam commands. Options dialog box. Select the command you want to be added in the new group and click on the Add button. Figure: 7 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|23 . For example. you may want to create a toolbar with your favorite geometry creation commands as shown in Figure: 7.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE Create a New Ribbon Tab Create a custom Ribbon Tab using the FILE. Mastercam will automatically create a tab named New Tab (Custom) with a group named New Group (Custom). From the Options dialog box select Customize Ribbon.

select another function and click on Add. Page |24 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Figure: 8 • • • • • • Step 1: Select New Tab. Step 5: Click on the Add button. Select the OK button to finish. Step 2: Rename the tab and the group. Repeat this step until you created a group with all the functions you desire. Step 3: Select the category from where you can select the command you want. Step 4: Select the command that you want to add. Step 6: Select the OK button to finish.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE From the All Commands. as shown in Figure: 8.

you could customize the RMB like the one shown in Figure: 9 to select all common geometry creation and editing commands without moving the mouse away from the work area.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE The My Tab ribbon should look as shown. For example. If you want to create another group that contains. Figure: 9 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|25 . Customize the Context Menu (RMB Menu) Change drop-down and context menu (right mouse button menus) using the Options dialog box. for example. follow the same method and create a new group by selecting New group. the toolpaths that you are usually using.

Step 4: Repeat the process to add the rest of the geometry functions. Page |26 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Step 5: Select Add button. Step 2: Change Category to Geometry.CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE • • • • • • • • • Step 1: Select Context Menu. Step 4: From the Category select Create Line Endpoint. The Context Menu dialog box should look as shown. Step 6: Right mouse click on the Line Endpoint and select the Create submenu. Step 3: Click on the last function to add the submenu below it. Step 7: Rename the submenu Geometry and click on the plus sign to expand it. Step 5: Select the Add button.

In the Press new shortcut key enter the key combination as shown in Figure: 10. Figure: 10 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|27 .CUSTOMIZING THE INTERFACE Key Mapping Key Mapping allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts. Options dialog box and then in the Quick Access Toolbar. Assign keyboard shortcuts using the FILE. There are two types of hot keys: • Function Keys (F1 thru F12). which are single or pairs of keyboard selections to execute Mastercam functions. Pick the Category and then the command from the list as shown in Figure: 10. Select the Assign button to finish. select the Customize button. • Letters or numbers selected with Alt or Ctrl (example: Alt-S).

and line width.HOME RIBBON HOME RIBBON The HOME ribbon allows you to copy/paste. set the attributes. Page |28 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Figure: 11 Clipboard group Attributes group Attributes group is used to set the drawing attributes such as color. delete/undelete entities. analyze the geometry and open the C-hook directory as shown in Figure: 11. Any new geometry will be created using the active attributes. set some of the display options. line style.


In Mastercam 2017, to set the attributes, you have to make sure first that no entities are selected. Then you can
select the attribute or a group of attributes that you want to use while creating the geometry.
To change an attribute for one or more selected entities, you need first to select the entities and then to select
and set the attribute.

If you want to change a group of attributes, click on the Set All icon
and then select the entities that you
want to change the attributes. The Attributes dialog box will open as shown.

Organize group

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Organize allows you to set the Z depth of the construction plane. It also allows you to set the main level on which
you will create the geometry or change the level of existing entities.
Delete group

Delete group allows you to delete selected entities, permanently remove entities that are not associative,
duplicate entities or undelete entities that you erased by mistake.
Here are some fast and easy ways to pick entities and delete them.
• Pick Single Entities: Click once with the left mouse button on the entity to select it.
• Window Entities: Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor to form a rectangle around
them. Click and then release the button.
• Chain Select: Hold down the Shift key and click on an entity to select.
After selecting the entities, select the Delete key on the keyboard or the Delete icon to delete the entities.
Display group

Display area, allows you to use the Hide/Unhide function, display the arc center points, endpoints and to remove
entities from the screen using the Blank function.

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Analyze group

Analyze area allows you to analyze the entity properties and to edit some or all properties. You can also analyze
the position of a point, a distance between two points, a contour or a chain. You can analyze all entity types such
as lines, arcs, points, splines, surfaces, solids and drafting dimensions.
Add-Ins group

VIEW Ribbon allows you to change your view of the entities in the graphics window using the zoom functions and
the graphics view. You can also change the appearance of the surfaces or solids, set the managers that are active,
and set the display of the axes or gnomons. You can set and display the grid, control the rotation position and set
the viewsheets as shown in Figure: 12.
Figure: 12

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Zoom group

Mastercam offers several zoom options to change your view of entities in the graphics window.
To zoom in and out you can also scroll up and down the mouse wheel once you select a focus point on the part.

Named Graphic Views
Mastercam predefines seven of the most commonly used Graphic views and Construction planes: Top, Front,
Right, Left, Back, Bottom, and Isometric, as shown in Figure: 13. Later you will learn how to select and create
Construction planes in any orientation.
Figure: 13

View Names

Changing Views
Mastercam provides many ways to change views, including:
• Graphics View in the VIEW Ribbon.
• Keyboard View Commands.
• Right Mouse View Commands.

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Isometric View


The Graphics Views can be set from the Graphics View group of the VIEW ribbon.

The Views can also be changed using the mouse. Hold the mouse wheel down and move the mouse to either Pan
or Dynamic change view, depending on the settings in the system configuration.
New in 2017, you can hold down the S key and the mouse wheel to rotate the part. It will snap to the standard
graphic view closer to your current rotation.

NOTE: You have to be fairly close to the standard view for Mastercam to snap to it. This method does not
change the construction plane.
In Mastercam 2017, you can also rotate the part about one of the axis if you hold down X, Y or Z key and use the
mouse wheel to rotate the part.

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Groups and Recent Functions panels.Keyboard Commands These are the most commonly used view keyboard commands: Function Key(s) Function Key(s) Zoom F1 Top View Alt+1 Fit Screen Alt+F1 Front View Alt+2 Unzoom F2 Right View Alt+5 Repaint F3 Isometric View Alt+7 Appearance group The Appearance area allows you to choose different shading display options. the Art Manager can be activated here too. Page |34 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Planes. Applying shading to surfaces and solids in the graphics window helps you visualize 3D geometry while you work. Levels. Managers group The Managers area allows you to toggle the display of the Toolpaths. lighting mode and other properties. It also allows you to access the Muti-Threading Manager and if you purchased Art. Solids. Use this area to set other shading parameters such as hidden edges. material appearance. translucency.

The commands are arranged in groups based on entity types or specific activity.WIREFRAME RIBBON WIREFRAME RIBBON Wireframe geometry commands are selectable from the WIREFRAME Tab. Figure 14 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|35 . Figure 14 shows the commands used to create wireframe geometry. The groups are displayed in the ribbon from basic to more complex functions.

Y. then a comma. AutoCursor automatically finds and locks (snaps) to geometry features. you do not need to enter the coordinates in the specified order. The values are separated by commas and should be entered in this order. Y or Z) in front of the value. then the Y value followed by a comma and then the Z value. If you enter the specific label (X. Z coordinate values. Figure 15 shows what options Mastercam has to preselect geometric features using the AutoCursor. For example. as the cursor approaches the endpoint of an existing line. Press Enter to finish the point. In Mastercam 2017.WIREFRAME RIBBON Enter Coordinate Values and AutoCursor Toolbar During geometry creation. Figure 16 shows examples of how to enter the coordinate values. the cursor jumps and locks onto it. first the X value. the AutoCursor is located in the General Selection bar. Figure 15 To enter the coordinates of a point you can press Space bar or simply start to type the X. Figure 16 Page |36 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|37 .WIREFRAME RIBBON Configure AutoCursor Dialog Use AutoCursor Settings to disable or enable the geometric features AutoCursor will sense.

Figure 17 shows a right click with the cursor in the angle field on the Line Endpoints panel. This opens a drop-down menu. Select the geometry feature to query. Continue clicking on the Undo button to undo the next previous action. and then follow the function prompts. Figure 17 Page |38 Mastercam 2017 Interface . If you make a mistake. The Undo and Redo icons are located in the QAT. Mastercam keeps track of your actions. Retrieving Numeric Data As in the previous versions of Mastercam. right click in any data field in Mastercam to retrieve numeric data from existing geometry. The Redo (right arrow) function reverses Undo actions or press Ctrl Y.WIREFRAME RIBBON Undo/Redo As you work. click on the Undo icon (left arrow) to undo the action or press Ctrl Z.

In the Line Normal panel you should enter the Length.WIREFRAME RIBBON Lines Create lines by selecting the WIREFRAME tab. the Line Normal command allows you to create a line perpendicular to a surface or a solid face. Figure 18 New command. in Mastercam 2017. then select the type of the line from the Lines group as shown in Figure 18. You will be prompted to select the surface or the solid face and then to select the locations to create the normal lines. You can also create points where the line contacts the surface or at the endpoint of the line. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|39 . This command was under the Create Point Dynamic in previous versions.

Creates the line but keeps panel open allowing you to continue in the same command. Without any of the entities selected. Allows you to select another location for the normal line. End point creates points at the other endpoint of the normal line. Both creates the normal line in both directions. Mastercam will create just the normal line. Sets the line normal length. Contact point creates points at the contact point between the line and the surface. Mastercam 2017 Interface . Reverse Normal will reverse the normal line direction. Normal creates the line on the surface or surface solid in the same direction as the surface normal. same as selecting the [ESC] key. Term Line Normal Entity Reselect Length Direction OK and Create New Operation OK Page |40 Definition Panel identifier.WIREFRAME RIBBON The Line Normal panel should look as shown. Creates the line but also leaves the line command.

Tangent specifies a line to be tangent to arc or spline. Line parameters can be changed until the OK and Create New operation or OK buttons are selected to complete its creation. Vertical draws a vertical line. the line changes to the default drawing color. The Line Endpoint panel is shown in Figure 19. such as an endpoint or quadrant. When either the Vertical or Horizontal is active. Freeform allows you to draw the line at any desired angle.WIREFRAME RIBBON Line Panels The Line panels control values and relations of lines. is selected. X axis offset-value of a vertical line. Horizontal draws a horizontal line. the entity is said to be "live" and is a cyan color. the horizontal/ vertical position value allows users to set the X or Y position of the line. Y axis offset-value of a horizontal line. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|41 . Figure 19 Term Line Endpoint Mode Definition Panel identifier. Until then. the line will be tangent to the arc if no other geometric feature. When this option is active. When fully defined.

WIREFRAME RIBBON Term Definition Type Two endpoints allows you to create one line at the time entering the two endpoints. Multi-line creates a string of lines. OK Creates line but also leave the line create option. OK and Create New Operation Creates the line but keeps panel open allowing you to continue in the same command. Page |42 Mastercam 2017 Interface . same as selecting the [ESC] key. Length Enters/displays the length of line. Axis Offset Moves a live line by a defined distance along X and Y axis. Endpoint 1 Changes the value of the start point. Endpoint 2 Changes the value of the end point. Angle Enters/displays the angle of line.

use the online help [Alt-H].WIREFRAME RIBBON More Line Options Other functions on the line drop-down menu are shown below: You should be able to create lines using any of these options by simply following the function prompts. from the Arcs group select the desired command as shown. Arcs Create arcs by selecting WIREFRAME. If you have problems. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|43 .

Click on the locker icon to lock the value. Circle center point command is the most common selection.WIREFRAME RIBBON Arc Panels The Arc panels controls values and relations of arc entities as they are being created. Press space bar and enter D to jump to this field. It uses the following panel as shown in Figure 20. Tangent allows you to create circles tangent to existing entity given a center point Edits the center point while arc is live. OK and Create New Operation Creates the circle but keeps the panel open to continue to create another circle. Click on the locker icon to lock the value. Figure 20 Function Circle Center Point Mode Center Point Reselect Definition Title box: identifies this as the Circle Center Point panel. Diameter Input diameter. The arc panel changes depending on the type of arc selected. Mastercam 2017 Interface . Press space bar and enter R to jump to this field. Radius Radius input. OK Page |44 Completes the circle and exits the command. Manual allows you to create full circles from a center point.

Arc Tangent Circle Edge Point Arc Polar Arc Polar Endpoints Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|45 . the following options may appear on other arc panels.WIREFRAME RIBBON Depending on the arc option selected.

A Cyan colored circle is displayed.5 inch. • Step 1: Select the WIREFRAME tab and from the Arcs group select the Circle Center Point icon.1.WIREFRAME RIBBON Creating Arcs Follow the steps below to create a circle with center point at (X1. If creating several arcs with the same diameter. Altering parameters on the ribbon bar can still change live entities.5 inch. Page |46 Mastercam 2017 Interface . click on the locker icon to lock the diameter. • Step 3: Press the spacebar on the computer keyboard to open the coordinates field and enter 1. Press the Enter key. • Step 2: Enter D on the keyboard and set the arc diameter to 0.Y1) and diameter of 0. indicating the circle is a "live" entity.

Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|47 . More Arc Options Other arc options on the Arcs group are shown below: You should be able to create arcs using any of these options by simply following the function prompts. Fillet A Fillet is an arc between two entities. If you have problems.WIREFRAME RIBBON • Step 4: Complete the arc using any of the following options: • Click on the OK button in the Circle Center Point panel shown in Step 2 above or Press the Esc key on the keyboard. The Fillet Entities and Fillet Chain commands are located in the Modify group as shown. use the on-line help [Alt+H].

fillet style. Clearance and new in Mastercam 2017 Relief. Circle.WIREFRAME RIBBON Fillet Entities Panel The fillet panel controls the radius. and trim choice. Creating a Relief using Fillet command Follow the steps below to create a Relief fillet between two lines. Inverse. Page |48 Mastercam 2017 Interface . • Step 1: Select the WIREFRAME ribbon and from the Modify group. Mastercam has five fillet styles: Normal. select the Fillet Entities icon.

Radius and Trim in the Fillet Entities panel.WIREFRAME RIBBON • Step 2: Set the fillet Style. • Step 5: Select the OK to create the fillet. • Step 3: Select the first line as the tangent edge for the fillet. • Step 4: Select the second line to fillet. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|49 .

Select the chamfer Style and fill in any open fields. Function prompts will pop up in the graphic area to help you select entities to create the chamfer.WIREFRAME RIBBON Chamfer Entities Panel The Chamfer Entities panel works similar to Fillet and provides several ways to define the chamfer. Page |50 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

in Mastercam 2017. select WIREFRAME and from the Points group select the drop down arrow next to the Point Position and choose the desired point command.WIREFRAME RIBBON Point Mastercam displays points using one of eight point styles. Click on the arrow to the right side of the Point Style in the Mini Toolbar and select the desired style as shown. right mouse click in the graphics window to open the Mini Toolbar. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|51 . This command was under the Create Point Dynamic in previous versions. You can also use the same steps from the HOME ribbon in the Attributes group. New in Mastercam 2017 is the Point Dynamic command which creates a point along an entity by dragging the cursor along the entity and clicking. To set the point style. Point Commands To create points.

Mastercam 2017 Interface . Z coordinates. Y. Point Position Panel Point Position panel below allows editing of the point coordinates while the point is live. Point allows you to create a point from existing geometry or by entering X. Enter a value in the Along field. Thread Point allows you to create a thread point that specifies where a wire machine threads the wire. Cut Point allows you to create a cut point that specifies where a wire machine cuts the wire. and select an entity on which to place the point. Item Definition Distance along Specifies the position of the point on the selected entity. Item Point Position Mode Reselect Page |52 Definition Title box: Identifies this as the Point Position panel. Allow editing of the point coordinates while the entity is still live.WIREFRAME RIBBON The Point Dynamic panel looks as shown.

Y1. If you have problems. use Mastercam help (Alt-H). Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|53 .1. Press the Enter key.Y coordinates. the following options may appear on other point ribbon bars. • Step 2: Press the Spacebar on the computer keyboard to open the coordinates field and enter 1.WIREFRAME RIBBON Depending on the point option selected. Point Segment Point Small Arcs Create Points Follow the steps below to create a point given its X. • Step 3: Complete the point by pressing Enter and then selecting the OK button in the Point Position panel. • Step 1: Select the WIREFRAME tab and from the Points group select the Point Position command. More Point Function You should be able to create points using any of these options by simply following the function prompts. This places a point at the coordinates: X1.

Trim Break Extend Panel In the Mode area you can set the command to Trim or to Break entities. in Mastercam 2017. Use window selection to include the points.WIREFRAME RIBBON Trim Break Extend Options In Mastercam. broken or extended using the same Trim Break Extend function. Page |54 Mastercam 2017 Interface . New command. select the WIREFRAME tab and from the Modify group click on the Trim Break Extend icon as shown below. arcs and splines at points that lies on them. the Break at Points command allows you to break lines. The rest of the options are define as shown.To trim or extend entities. You have to have the points already created along the entities and to include them in the selection. entities are trimmed.

However. obrounds. Shapes Group Commands The following commands are organized in the Shapes group. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|55 . the Rectangular shapes command creates rectangles. and D-holes. Rectangle Options Create a rectangle by selecting the WIREFRAME tab and selecting Rectangle icon from the Shapes group as shown below. For example. the rectangle shapes command makes creating these shapes easier by defining them with settings and parameters. You could create these objects using line and arc commands.WIREFRAME RIBBON More Wireframe Geometry Options Mastercam has many wireframe geometry commands to make your job easier.

Letters Create letters by selecting the WIREFRAME tab. Create Letters icon from the Shapes group as shown. Page |56 Mastercam 2017 Interface .WIREFRAME RIBBON Rectangle Panel The Rectangle option uses the panel shown below.

WIREFRAME RIBBON The following options are available in the Create Letters dialog box. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|57 .

Page |58 Mastercam 2017 Interface .WIREFRAME RIBBON Bounding Box From WIREFRAME tab. The command creates a rectangular or a cylindrical shape. you can create now center points on each face of the box. The Bounding Box Basic tab should look as shown. This function is especially useful to determine the overall dimensions of a part. select Bounding Box to create wireframe geometry. in Mastercam 2017. New. or a stock model around selected entities. a solid model.

or communicating your ideas to others.WIREFRAME RIBBON The Bounding Box Advanced tab should look as shown. documenting your work for future reference. some basic dimensioning skills are useful for creating setup sheets. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|59 . select Alt-H for Mastercam Help. Drafting Mastercam has extensive drafting capabilities. To learn more about drafting functions. All the drafting commands are in the DRAFTING tab as shown. Unless you are doing tool design. However. you probably do not need to create detailed drawings.

WIREFRAME RIBBON The following groups and options are available in the DRAFTING ribbon. Page |60 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

Horizontal and Vertical. format and height. You can add the display for the arc symbols and modify the appearance of the witness lines. In the Basic tab. The leaders arrow direction can be set here as well as the editing the text.WIREFRAME RIBBON The Drafting panel for the Smart Dimension command should look as shown. you can choose the mode in which you create the dimension between Auto. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|61 .

Page |62 Mastercam 2017 Interface .WIREFRAME RIBBON The Advanced tab allows you to set the text position and select the drafting Options.

Used to wrap/unwrap entities around a cylinder. Distribute Scale Stretch Create multiple copies of geometry between two defined points and along a vector. or surface. plane. Moves. Offset Chain Used to move. Projects entities to a depth. line.TRANSFORM RIBBON TRANSFORM RIBBON Transform geometry by selecting a function from TRANSFORM tab as shown in Figure 21. Rectangular Array Makes copies in a circular or linear pattern. or slot a single entity parallel to the original. Rotates about Origin or point. join. or planes. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|63 . Flips about an axis. Geometry Nesting Automatically transform and copy entities to fit within a specified space. optionally. Figure 21 Item Dynamic Rotate Translate Translate To Plane (Translate 3D) Project Move to Origin Mirror Roll Definition Used to manipulate geometry orientation and location through the use of an interactive gnomon. Moves entities and automatically update connected geometry. displacing them by a defined distance and direction and. join or slot one or more chained entities. Moves your geometry to the Origin. Offset Entity Used to to move. or two points. Translates between views. generating it a defined distance and perpendicular to the original entity. a depth. copy. Makes a larger or smaller drawing. copy. copies or joins the geomery in X-Y coordinate system.

You define the Base by entering or selecting an existing entity Line. allows you to calculate the scale factor based on existing geometry. Radius or the distance between two points. Diameter. Page |64 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Then in the Result you set the value that you wish the base to become. the Scale Calculator.TRANSFORM RIBBON A new option in the Scale.

Impression allows you to create a solid body from a closed chain and a negative impression of an existing solid as shown in Figure: 22.SOLIDS RIBBON SOLIDS RIBBON Create solids by selecting Solids commands from the SOLIDS tab as shown. Figure: 22 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|65 . New to Mastercam 2017.

The commands from the SOLIDS and MODEL PREP ribbons are working in the same way as in previous Mastercam versions.005". create hole axis. • Step 2: Use Offset Contour command and offset inside the boundary with a very small amount such as 0. • Step 4: Select the boundary. • Step 5: Select the solid. select Impression icon.MODEL PREP RIBBON Create a Solid Impression Follow the steps below to create the Solid Impression. modify or remove features or fillets. simplify and remove all history. split solid faces. and modify solid face color or set feature colors. • Step 3: From the Solids tab. MODEL PREP RIBBON Model Prep allows you to edit an existing solid by using options such as move faces or edges. Page |66 Mastercam 2017 Interface . • Step 1: Create a boundary around the original solid. using Silhouette Boundary command. Modify the solids by selecting the MODEL PREP tab as shown. move or copy existing features.

the command will open a panel where the surface options will be available to set. To create a surface you are following the same steps as in previous Mastercam version. the ribbon bar in the Surface Revolve will be replaced by the panel shown in Figure: 23. For example. The main difference is that instead of the ribbon bar.SURFACES RIBBON SURFACES RIBBON Surfaces supported by Mastercam and where are they located in Mastercam 2017 are shown in the ribbon below. Figure: 23 Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|67 .

Page |68 Mastercam 2017 Interface . Machine Definition and the Material. Note that you can still open Backplot and Verify from the Toolpaths Manager.MACHINE RIBBON MACHINE RIBBON The MACHINE tab allows you also to set the Control Definition. You can start the Backplot and Verify simulations as well as the Machine Simulation.

one or two new tabs known as contextual tabs will appear on the screen that will include all the related toolpaths. Lathe and Mill-Turn machines include multiple tabs.TOOLPATHS RIBBON TOOLPATHS RIBBON Note that by default there are no toolpath functions displayed in the ribbons. The TOOLPATHS tab for a mill machine starts with 2D toolpath group. As soon as you choose a machine. you first need to choose a machine from the MACHINE tab. To activate the toolpaths. For example the Lathe contextual tabs include Turning and Milling tabs as shown. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|69 . moving to 3D toolpaths and finally to the Multiaxis toolpath group as shown.

Figure: 24 Page |70 Mastercam 2017 Interface .TOOLPATHS RIBBON To see all the toolpaths that are included in a group you can click on the Expand library arrow and the Toolpath gallery will appear as shown in Figure: 24.

Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|71 . the Toolpath gallery for the 3D toolpath group does not include some of the legacy toolpaths from the previous Mastercam toolpaths such as Shallow or Leftover.TOOLPATHS RIBBON Note that in Mastercam 2017.

Figure: 25 Page |72 Mastercam 2017 Interface . right mouse click and select Mill toolpaths as shown in Figure: 25.You can access all the Legacy toolpaths in the Toolpaths Manager.

Levels is enabled as shown. make sure that in the VIEW tab. Managers group. and much more. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|73 . The Levels Manager panel will be placed to the left side of the graphics window and you can open it by clicking on the Levels tab as shown.LEVELS MANAGER LEVELS MANAGER With the Levels Manager. choose a level on which to create entities. you can set the active level. To open Levels Manager. select which levels are visible in the graphics window.

LEVELS MANAGER The Levels Manager options should look as shown in Figure 27. Figure 26 Page |74 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) Mastercam predefines the most commonly used Cplanes -. To open Planes Manager. or the Status Bar. the Planes are enabled as shown. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|75 . These can be selected from the Planes Manager. The Planes Manager panel will be placed to the left side of the graphics window and you can open it by clicking on the Planes tab as shown. make sure that in the VIEW tab. Managers group.those aligned with the coordinate system XYZ axes.

Figure 27 Page |76 Mastercam 2017 Interface .CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) The Planes Manager options should look as shown in Figure 27.

Creates a plane through the use of an interactive gnomon in the graphics window. From Geometry Defines a Cplane by selecting a flat entity. 2D spline. A flat entity is an arc. Lathe Radius Predefined Cplanes Lathe planes that are using the radius and the z coordinates such as +X +Z. and if the gnomon and plane info are displayed. From Solid Face Selects a plane by picking on a flat solid geometry face. flat surface. -X +Z. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|77 . Predefined Cplanes Lathe planes that are using the diameter and the z coordinates such as +D +Z. or three points. Find a plane Allows you to find an existing plane previously defined. -X -Z. Display options Allows you to customize which planes are shown. Follow Rules Allows you to enable rules such as updating the Cplane and Tplane when changing Gview. +D -Z. or flat solid face. two lines.CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) Item Create a new plane Definition Allows you to select one of the options to defined a new plane. -D -Z. Uses a line to define the Z-axis of a Cplane. You can also set the Cplane from the Status bar as shown. +X -Z. -D +Z. Allows you to select one of the available planes used to draw and machine a lathe part. FromGview From Line Normal Relative to WCS Dynamic Select lathe plane Lathe Diameter Creates a Cplane the same as the current Graphics View. Sets Cplane to be the same as a defined WCS.

CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) Create Planes The following options are available to create a new plane. with selection points on the gnomon's segments. The gnomon comprises three axes connected at the origin. Page |78 Mastercam 2017 Interface . In Mastercam 2017. The selection points on the gnomon are defined as shown. You can use Dynamic plane instead. Dynamic Plane uses an interactive gnomon to create a plane in the graphics window. Rotate Plane option is removed.

the Dynamic plane command can be triggered by clicking the Gview gnomon locate at the lower left corner of the graphics window. • Step 2: Drag the gnomon to a position on the geometry where the new origin will be located as shown.CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) New to Mastercam 2017. • Step 1: Hover the cursor above the gnomon until is highlighted and then click on the origin ball. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|79 .

• Step 4: Align the Y-axis by picking the proper portion of the arc and then select the Endpoint as shown. • Step 5: Named the plane and select the OK button to exit Dynamic Plane dialog box.CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) • Step 3: Align the X-axis by picking the proper portion of the arc and then select the Endpoint as shown. Page |80 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

Pick the line near the new Cplane Origin. • Step 2: Select From Geometry. Origin. • Step 4: Observe the axes indicator. • Step 3: Select one line that represents the new Cplane X+ axis. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|81 . and axes directions based on how the entities are selected.CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) Construction Plane From Two Lines Example Any two lines that intersect can define a Cplane. Use the arrows to toggle through the possible solutions until you see the one you want and then click on the green checkmark. This is a preferred way to define Cplanes since it is easy to set the orientation. • Step 1: Open the Planes Manager panel and select the arrow next to New plane icon. the lines intersect at a 90-degree angle and share an endpoint. Then select a line that represents the new Cplane Y+ axis near the new Cplane Origin. Ideally.

CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) • Step 5: By default. Shift the Origin by clicking on the arrow below the Origin field and then picking a point on the part. Page |82 Mastercam 2017 Interface . the new Cplane is assigned a number. Name the Cplane by entering it in the Name field. The Origin of the new plane is where the two lines intersect.

Z: setting in the HOME tab. Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|83 . Organize group as shown in Figure 28.CONSTRUCTION PLANES (CPLANES) Construction Depth (Z:) Work on any space parallel to the active Cplane by changing the Construction Depth setting. Figure 28 You can also change the Z value in the Mini Toolbar or Status bar as shown.

Attributes group or in the Mini Toolbar or in the Status Bar allows you to switch to the 3D drawing mode as shown in Figure 29. located in the HOME ribbon.2D/3D DRAWING MODE 2D/3D DRAWING MODE The 2D/3D setting. Figure 29 Page |84 Mastercam 2017 Interface .

2D/3D DRAWING MODE Mastercam 2017 Interface Page|85 .

2D/3D DRAWING MODE Page |86 Mastercam 2017 Interface .