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High-speed machining in 2D toolpaths

Mastercam X3 carries a suite of new 2D high-speed toolpaths.
Mastercam X3 carries a suite of new 2D high-speed toolpaths.

High-speed machining has traditionally been available only in the Mastercam 3D machining suite of toolpaths, that is until now. CNC Software Inc. has released Mastercam X3, which introduces high-speed machining into a suite of new 2D high-speed toolpaths. The six toolpaths – Peel Mill, Core Mill, Area Mill, Rest Mill, Blend Mill and Facing – are optimized for high-speed machining and hard milling.

The toolpaths make shops’ current processes more efficient and automated, while at the same time minimizing programming and cycle times. Shops get the benefits of high-speed machining in their 2D work.

All of the new 2D high-speed toolpaths deliver lower-stress motion even without a high-speed machine tool.

Peel Milling peels away material, layer-by-layer, delivering efficient constant climb milling with trochoidal-type motion and accelerated back feed moves when the tool is disengaged.

Core Milling cuts from the outside in, using high-speed transitions.

Rest Milling evaluates all previous toolpaths and removes remaining material with high-speed motion between cuts.

Blend Milling gradually morphs the toolpath between two shapes, at high speed.

Facing cleans stock from the tops of islands or the entire part. And Mastercam’s Dynamic Toolpath Strategy attempts to optimize the toolpath for minimum tool wear and maximum performance.

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