Mastercam 2024 Top Ten Features

It’s that time of year when there is a new release of Mastercam, we are pleased to announce the Mastercam 2024 top ten features!

1. Mastercam Mill – Cutting Holes Based on Previously Defined Processes

This new Mastercam Mill feature allows you to use previously defined processes in your hole making operations. For example, you can apply a process to cut 10mm holes that will automatically create a spot drilling, pilot hole, and reamer in one step rather than creating three separate operations. You can always override any part of the parameters once the toolpaths are created and work directly with those operations.

Process Hole

Process Hole

 

2. All Products – Controlling Your Graphics View with the Gview Cube

The traditional on-screen gnomon has been augmented with the Gview cube, a more graphical way to show plane orientation. The Gview cube, which is relative to the WCS by default, also features many options that let you control the cube, thus the on-screen representation of your part.

G-View Cube

Gview Cube

The cube itself also has many interactive features. For example, double-clicking the cube fits the part to the screen (same as the Fit command). You can click a side, corner, or edge of the cube to switch to that view. Drag any part of the cube to change to a view, unconstrained by the preset views represented by the sides and edges.

The buttons next to the cube allow you to pan or rotate the view in various ways. The actual effect of dragging depends on whether you are holding the button down and whether you are pressing.

Right-click the cube to display a context menu, which includes the follow commands:

Gview Cube context menu

Gview Cube context menu

  • Show Cube: Click this option to toggle the Gview cube on and off. When the Gview cube is on, a checkmark displays in the context menu next to Show Cube.
  • Relative to WCS: Sets the world view relative to the active WCS. When enabled, a checkmark displays in the context menu next to Relative to WCS.
  • Create dynamic plane: Lets you create a new plane using the Dynamic Gnomon. You can also select this function by clicking the cube’s axis.
  • Settings: Opens the Screen dialog box, where you can adjust the cube size, text size, opacity, arrow button pan/rotate, and arrow button rotation (degrees).
Mastercam Gview controls

Mastercam Gview controls

3. Mastercam Mill-Turn – Using Turret-Mounted Angled Milling Heads

You can now use turret-mounted angled milling heads in Mill-Turn operations. This lets you create toolpaths on angled planes using turret-mounted tools.

Mastercam turning operation

Mastercam turning operation

Prior to Mastercam 2024, tool locators for turrets supported both turning tools and milling tools in live tooling stations. While turning tools could be mounted in an angular orientation, live tools could not.

Mastercam 2024 divides turret tool locators into two separate component types: one for turning tools, and a second for milling tools. You can create milling tool locators for face milling, cross milling, or at an angular orientation. You can specify a fixed angle in the component properties, or read the orientation from the operation. This lets you create tilted plane, G68-style toolpaths with turret-only machines.

4. Mastercam Mill – Maximizing Your Tool Engagement

The Dynamic Mill, Face, and Dynamic OptiRough toolpaths now include a new Maximum engagement option on the Cut Parameters page.

Maximum engagement option

Maximum engagement option

When selected, it produces more nominal chips and minimizes the number of small chips. Additionally, Mastercam moves the tool towards the entered Stepover as quickly as possible.

Optirough Toolpath

Optirough Toolpath

5. Mastercam Mill – Graphical Planes

When you create a hole-making toolpath, Mastercam can now display on-screen indicators of plane types and values. Use the Display graphical elements button to turn on graphical elements.

On-screen indicators of plane types and values

On-screen indicators of plane types and values

Then, in the Linking Parameters page, select the planes indicators you want to display in the graphics window, as shown in the following image.

Display Plane Settings

Display Plane Settings

When you change values in the dialog box, Mastercam updates the graphical planes in the graphics window. You can also change the position and value of a plane by dragging its graphical representation in the graphics window, as shown in the following image. During this dragging, you can type a value into the box that appears with the gnomon. Additionally, you can drag the plane indicator to an Auto Cursor point.

Dragging a plane

Dragging a plane

6. Mastercam Mill – Smoother Milling Toolpath Motion

Milling toolpaths no longer use the Curve chord deviation tolerance found in the Tolerances page of the System Configuration dialog box. Instead, the toolpaths use a new internal tolerance resulting in smoother, more accurate and more consistent motion at times.

Mastercam tools 2023

Mastercam 2023 vs Mastercam 2024

7. Mastercam Lathe – Creating Separate Lead In/Out Moves for Semi-Finishing Passes

Dynamic Roughing toolpaths now let you create separate lead in/out moves for semi-finishing passes. Since most of the stock will have been removed by the roughing passes, this lets you create more compact and efficient moves for the semi-finishing passes. The only difference is that lead in/out moves for semi-finish passes cannot include any modifications to the chained contour; these options will not be present for the semi-finish passes.

Semi finish options

Semi finish options

 

8. Mastercam Design – Modifying Your Drafting Dimensions Directly

Mastercam 2023 introduced in-panel methods to the Drafting function panel to modify font format and drafting entity placement. This enhancement removed the extra steps necessary to make modifications. Mastercam 2024 expands those changes.

The new Drafting panel incorporates dimension attributes, text, and witness and leader settings into three new pages. This eliminates the need to exit the panel and edit these settings in the System Configuration dialog box.

New drafting panel

New drafting panel

In addition to the Basic and Advanced pages available in previous versions, there are three new panel pages.

  • Dimension Attributes: Sets properties for coordinates and symbols.
  • Dimension Text: Sets properties for text size, point dimensions, text direction, and text orientation.
  • Leaders/Witness: Sets properties for leaders, witness lines, and arrows.

The changes you make in the function panel do not change Mastercam’s default settings. If you need to make changes to the defaults, use the pages in the System Configuration dialog box.

9. Mastercam Toolpath Simulation – Exporting Collision Reports

Mastercam Simulator now includes an option to export collision reports. Use the Save Report button to export the results to a CSV file. The generated report includes the moves, the event, the objects involved in the event, and the range of the event. This may be helpful when you need to share information with another user or technical support.

Export Report

Export Report

10. Mastercam Mill – Controlling Tool Motion in Shallow Part Areas

The 3D high speed Waterline toolpath now includes the Allow partial cuts option. Allow partial cuts adds or removes tool motion only from the shallow areas of the part. This option also does not create closed cuts at a constant Z level around the part. This option is on the Cut Parameters page.

3D High Speed Toolpaths - Waterline Cut Parameters

3D High Speed Toolpaths – Waterline Cut Parameters

 

Dave Matuszek

Dave Matuszek has 25+ years of experience in Manufacturing and has been a Mastercam user since 1995 and a SOLIDWORKS user since 2006. David is a CSWP and has worked in aerospace, tool and die making, and general production work. Prior to becoming part of the TriMech family he was the Senior Mastercam Applications Engineer at MACDAC Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, amateur radio, working around his small farm, and volunteering with local organizations such as being a member of the Shriners.
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