February 9, 2021
Those who are currently maintained Mastercam customers can now participate in the Public Beta Program for Mastercam 2022. Manufacturers all over the world, from small job shops to Fortune 100 companies, get a chance to test-drive Mastercam 2022 before it is released and provide feedback to help shape the final product.
Participants in the Public Beta Program get an early look at dozens of new tools for simple to complex jobs. Many improvements in Mastercam 2022 are directly driven by Mastercam users and shops. Feedback from Public Beta releases, shop visits, customer surveys and consultation with expert industry partners create the practical, shop-driven focus that helps ensure Mastercam users’ success.
Faster, Flexible Multiaxis Programming
As more shops seek benefits of a single setup, multiaxis cutting strategy, Mastercam 2022 adds new techniques and strategies such as the Unified Multiaxis toolpath that allows you to select multiple pieces of input geometry to generate the toolpath pattern. Using those geometry choices, the toolpath picks the best algorithm to calculate the path. Multi-pass on Deburr toolpaths supports flat chamfered and rounded edges that gives the user added flexibility, allowing the Deburr toolpath to create a quality surface finish on larger chamfered or radiused edges.
Mastercam 2022 introduces mesh creation and editing capabilities that deliver a new class of modeling tools, including the ability to reconstruct models from scanned data. Being able to directly edit wireframe geometry without interacting with the dialog box speeds up design and modification work. And the Overflow UV function allows you to replace multiple surfaces with inconsistent flows with a single surface for flowline toolpaths. You can also simplify surfaces for general modeling. Overflow UV generates a single unified surface with a desired UV flow on a connected set of surfaces.
Enhanced Intelligence and Automation
A suite of system-wide enhancements helps automate tasks and speed the workflow. New automatic region chaining uses a “smart” approach to auto-select logical chained areas. Holemaking from imported solids is faster as Mastercam will now automatically extract appropriate information and pre-populate your programming options. Even tool imports have been made more intelligent as Mastercam will infer more tool properties from an incoming tool CAD model.
These are a few of the new features and enhancements coming to Mastercam 2022. For more information on Mastercam’s Public Beta Program, visit https://www.mastercam.com/support/customer-resources/.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.