Solidworks Solution

Mastercam for Solidworks

With Mastercam toolpaths integrated directly within the SOLIDWORKS environment, the toolpaths are applied directly to the part or assembly. Any design change that Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS encounters is handled quickly, with the affected toolpaths identified so the user can simply update them. And intelligent use of Design Tables and multiple Configurations makes working with families of parts easy.

Why Choose Mastercam?

  • Streamlined: A remarkably easy interface has you cutting parts quickly.
  • Comprehensive: Get the most robust 2-through 5-axis toolpath generation available.
  • Smart: Intelligent toolpaths know when your part is edited and what’s left to cut.
  • Flexible: Open virtually any CAD file or use Mastercam’s built-in 3D modeling tools.
  • Supported: Work with the most professional, knowledgeable network in the industry today. 

    

Mastercam Multi Axis

Multiaxis machining can dramatically increase a shop's competitiveness, and Mastercam's multiaxis add-on offers a wide range of multiaxis machining strategies—both basic and advanced. With Mastercam, you have complete control over the three crucial elements of multiaxis machining: toolpath types, tool motion, and tool axis.

Streamlined multiaxis programming tools make projects easier than ever before. With features from multisurface 5-axis roughing and swarf fanning, to easy 4-axis rotary axis and roll die programming, Mastercam ensures accurate cuts and fast turnaround on even the toughest jobs.

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Key Features

  • Multisurface 5-axis roughing and finishing, including depth cuts, plunge roughing, and flowline machining.
  • Mastercam's advanced multiaxis machining lets you choose what type of project you are doing, and adjusts the interface to show exactly what you need.
  • Axis limits control tool motion between defined angles, ensuring the tool tilt will not violate part or machine tool limits.
  • Advanced gouge-checking and a 5-axis safe zone around the part help ensure safe cuts in even the most complex operations.
  • Generates 5-axis code that can run any CNC machine.

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Curve / Drill 5-axis

Tool axis control is what separates multiaxis toolpaths from normal surface, chain, and point toolpaths. The ability to manipulate the angle of the tool, relative to the cut pattern, puts a greater amount of control in your hands. The cut speed, finish quality, and tool life can all be affected with tool axis control.

The power of multiaxis drill becomes apparent on parts that contain multiple holes with center lines pointing in different directions. Your multiaxis machine is capable of drilling many different holes with a single fixture setup, saving time and increasing productivity.

Curve/Drill 5-axis is the perfect entry into multiaxis machining, creating quality toolpaths while reducing programming time

Key Features

  • Curve 5-axis cuts a 3D chain or surface edges, generally for 5-axis trimming operations.
  • Drill 5-axis simplifies the creation of 3-to 5-axis drilling output for holes in a part.
  • Cost effective way to get into 5-axis machining.
  • Generates 5-axis code that can run any CNC machine.

Tool axis control is what separates multiaxis toolpaths from normal surface, chain, and point toolpaths. The ability to manipulate the angle of the tool, relative to the cut pattern, puts a greater amount of control in your hands. The cut speed, finish quality, and tool life can all be affected with tool axis control.

The power of multiaxis drill becomes apparent on parts that contain multiple holes with center lines pointing in different directions. Your multiaxis machine is capable of drilling many different holes with a single fixture setup, saving time and increasing productivity.

Curve/Drill 5-axis is the perfect entry into multiaxis machining, creating quality toolpaths while reducing programming time.

Blade Expert

One of the most complex 5-axis challenges is generating toolpaths for impellers, fans, and marine screws. These types of multi-bladed parts are used in many industries including power generation, energy transfer, and propulsion. Machining these complex shapes usually requires special multiaxis equipment, but Mastercam's Blade Expert is specifically designed to generate the necessary toolpaths for many of the different multi-blade configurations.

Blade Expert is a very powerful and easy-to-use custom application, designed to generate efficient, smooth, and gouge free toolpaths for these complex parts. It minimizes unnecessary motion at the machine, which results in a highly efficient toolpath with superior finish quality.

Multi-blade parts come in many configurations, but Blade Expert's common-sense operation process turns these machining challenges into routine solutions:

  1. Remove the material from between the blades
  2. Finish the blades/splitters
  3. Finish the floor
  4. Finish the fillets

The interface follows the already well-established Mastercam standard, used by all other multiaxis toolpaths, ensuring a short learning curve and successful deployment.

Key Features

  • Precise, efficient, and smooth cut pattern.
  • Automatic stock model awareness eliminates air-cuts.
  • Automatic tool axis control ensures collision-free toolpaths.
  • Accurate tool tip control means seamless blending and transformation.

Port Expert

Mastercam's Port Expert add-on creates accurate, efficient engine cylinder head porting toolpaths on port surface or solid data. It minimizes unnecessary motion at the machine, which results in a highly efficient toolpath with superior finish quality. It can also be used for any tube type work that is similar in design to a port. Port Expert uses a tapered lollipop tool, and has collision checks for the entire tool (shank, arbor, and holder).

There are multiple cutting options available with Port Expert. For instance, you can cut only the top; cut only the bottom; or specify how much stock to leave on the entire port.

The Port Expert toolpaths use 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then convert automatically to 5-axis motion with minimum tilt. This leaves no fishtails or inefficient reverse moves, and smoothly transitions where the toolpaths meet at the middle of the port.

Key Features

  • Port Expert provides both roughing and finishing toolpaths to make ports from castings or billets.
  • Geometry can be made of multiple surfaces that are stitched together since Port Expert supports unlimited surfaces.
  • Automatically calculates optimal tilt angles so there is no need to split the surface or create tool axis control splines.
  • Mastercam's simulation proceeds step-by-step through the toolpath, even showing the motion used in transition at the middle of the port.
  • Generates 5-axis code that can run any CNC machine.
  • Simplifies the programming of complex port shapes.
  • Greatly decrease programming time.