Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Toolpaths in Mastercam X5 MU1 for SolidWorks

The X5 MU1 version of Mastercam for SolidWorks adds a slew of surface roughing and finishing toolpaths, which you can find on the MastercamX5 tab of the SolidWorks CommandManager.


Surface roughing toolpaths typically use larger tools, multiple step overs, and multiple step downs to remove large volumes of stock, while leaving an even amount of stock for finishing. Surface finishing toolpaths, on the other hand, typically finish a part down to the drive geometry (or to the stock-to-leave amount, if one is specified). The following pictures show the surface rough and finish toolpaths that are included with Mastercam X5 MU1 for SolidWorks.


Each toolpath provides the parameters you need to cut your parts efficiently and with exacting results. The parameters available depend on the toolpath you choose. For example, the following picture shows the dialog box for the Surface Rough Contour toolpath.

Just click the Help button in a parameters dialog box to find detailed information on these powerful toolpaths and their parameters.

3 comments:

Jon Banquer said...

Mastercam For SolidWorks needs to do a much better job at integrating into the SolidWorks user interface!

Years ago SolidWorks got rid of the annoying pop up dialog Windows and started putting most of the data entry fields in the Feature Manager. CNC Software needs to do the same thing for Mastercam For SolidWorks and eliminate these annoying pop up dialog Windows that block the model and it's toolpaths and instead fully integrate into the SolidWorks Feature Manager.

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA

JQ said...

I believe the Mastercam dialog boxes are better than putting all of the toolpath parameter choices in the feature manager tree. Just as PDMWorks requires a lot of data choices, thus needing a dialog, I never noticed the Toolpath dialog boxes interfering with the SolidWorks model. I guess CNC Software simply chose to keep the interface familiar to existing Mastercam users. Doesn't bother me.

Jon Banquer said...

There are many choices other than blocking the model with annoying pop up dialog boxes which is the worst choice possible. If the data is so overwhelming that it doesn't fit well in the SolidWorks Feature Manager then this can be done:

http://www.camplete.com/images/stories/CAMplete-TruePath-Image-003.jpg

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA