June 6, 2023
Mastercam, CAD/CAM software from CNC Software, has released Mastercam 2024, with dozens of features and enhancements.
Manufacturers worldwide got the chance to test drive Mastercam 2024 during the Public Beta Program before it was released and provided feedback to help shape the final 2024 product. Many improvements in Mastercam 2024 are directly driven by Mastercam users and shops.
Feedback from Public Beta releases, shop visits, customer surveys and consultation with industry partners create the practical, shop-driven focus of the release, the company says.
- Mill-Turn Additions and Enhancements. Users can now use turret-mounted angled milling heads in Mill-Turn operations, allowing ability to create toolpaths on angled planes using turret-mounted tools for milling and turning operations. B-Axis Contour Turning also sees three major enhancements—ability to manually edit tool axis vectors, manually edit usable insert area, and adjust stock function.
- Process Hole and Holemaking Enhancements. The Process Hole toolpath applies previously defined processes to a part’s solid hole features, which consists of one or more holemaking operations’ built-in functions library. A displayed graphical elements button has been added to the holemaking and multiaxis toolpath dialog boxes, permitting ability to show or hide graphical elements depending on the toolpath type.
- Milling Enhancements. The Dynamic Mill, Face, and Dynamic OptiRough toolpaths now include a new Maximize Engagement option, producing more nominal chips, minimizing the number of small chips, and helping prevent problematic stand-alone material slivers.
- General System Features and Updates. Mastercam’s traditional on-screen gnomon has been augmented with the new Gview cube, which is a more graphical way to show plane orientation. Machine Group Setup Stock has three new selection methods including Add from two corner, Add rectangular stock, and Add cylindrical stock. The Save/Load Toolpath Defaults List enhancement allows a user to specify individual files and operations to load from/save to.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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