CNC Software Inc. will be introducing the latest iteration of its Mastercam CNC software at AeroDef Manufacturing 2011, in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Mastercam X5 has some notable new capabilities, including Mastercam Blade Expert, new dynamic milling techniques, multi-axis machining functionality, and Smart Hybrid Finishing, among others.
Mastercam is CNC Software’s Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling; and artistic relief cutting.
The new Mastercam Blade Expert is a custom application that generates toolpaths to cut multi-bladed parts. Blade Expert will cut multi-split impellers, propellers, turbines, and more. The toolpaths first remove the material from between the blades. Next, they finish the blades and fillets, and then finish up with the floor. Blade Expert has a clear, precise user interface that follows the consistent flow of all existing 5-axis toolpaths. The end result is a smooth toolpath, precise finish, and a dramatic reduction in programming and cycle time.
Mastercam’s new 3D-surface, high-speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.
Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.
Mastercam’s multi-axis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets the operator choose the basic type of work to be done using clear illustrations, and then gives a clear, step-by-step process for defining how to cut the part. Mastercam’s multi-axis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.
Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill helps ensure maximum tool efficiency during cleanup routines. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.