Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Video Tutorials for Mastercam X5

CNC Software has just released two new tutorials for Mastercam X5 – Basic 3D Design and Basic 3D Machining.

In these two new interactive video tutorials, you learn how to draw the geometry and machine the 3D connector and tool parts (shown below).
General Tutorial Requirements
All the Mastercam video tutorials have the following general requirements:
  • You must be comfortable using the Windows® operating system.
  • Each lesson in the tutorial builds on the mastery of preceding lesson’s skills. We recommend that you complete them in order.
  • Getting Started Series tutorials are available in an Adobe® Flash® compatible video format. Additional video tutorials may also be available. Contact your local Mastercam Reseller for more information.
  • You must install Adobe Flash Player to display video tutorials. You can download Adobe Flash Player from www.adobe.com.

Basic 3D Design Video Tutorial

The Basic 3D Design video tutorial covers 3D drawing with Mastercam. Before attempting this 3D tutorial, you must be familiar with the 2D techniques demonstrated in the 2D tutorial.
This video tutorial covers the following tasks:
  • Using construction planes in a 3D environment.
  • Creating 3D geometry from 2D parts using translation and offsetting.
  • Defining custom views using 3D Dynamic Planes.
  • Using levels to organize 3D geometry.
  • Generating 3D surfaces.
  • Using construction lines as reference geometry.

Basic 3D Machining Video Tutorial
The Basic 3D Machining tutorial focuses on applying several milling toolpaths to parts previously designed in the Basic 3D Design video tutorial. The objective is to provide a general overview of a handful of the toolpath options available to you. The options and parameters selected are intended to get you started on the path toward learning and exploring all of the features Mastercam has to offer.

The toolpaths created illustrate possible solutions for machining parts using 3D toolpaths – mainly surfacing operations. There are many solutions for machining these and similar parts. The goal of this tutorial is to provide the basic concepts for you to explore and expand upon.

Toolpath creation is a repetitive, step-by-step process as demonstrated by this tutorial. Comprehensive and conceptual information can be found in the Help and other documentation installed with Mastercam.

This video tutorial covers the following tasks:
  • Opening multiple part files, assign default machine definitions, and create stock boundaries for the geometry.
  • Creating and renaming toolpath groups.
  • Creating roughing operations to efficiently remove material from the part.
  • Creating semi-finishing operations to safely transition between roughing and finishing the part.
  • Creating finishing operations to create a complete part with final dimensions.
  • Copying operations, changing parameters, and regenerating operations.
  • Assigning toolpath parameters to meet the roughing, semi-finishing, and finishing requirements.
  • Backplotting toolpath operations to review tool motion.
  • Verifying the machining of the part from a stock model display.
  • Posting all toolpaths.

These videos are modules of the Getting Started Series, which introduce general Mastercam functions and teach basic skills for getting started with Mastercam.

Other tutorial series include:
  • Focus Series: The series focuses on a specific Mastercam feature—for example, Setup Sheets or FBM Drill, and teaches basic and advanced skills.
  • Exploring Series: Explores a single Mastercam product—for example, Mill, Solids, or Wire, and teaches in-depth skills for working with the product. 
The Mastercam tutorial series is in continual development, and we will add modules as we complete them. For information and availability, please contact your local Mastercam Reseller.