The updated Mastercam X7 Lathe includes a new dynamic rough toolpath and rough zigzag motion, as well as face grooving.
The lathe dynamic rough toolpath is designed for hard materials cut with button inserts (i.e., radius or ball). The dynamic motion allows the toolpath to cut gradually, remain engaged in the material more effectively, and use more of the surface of users' insert, extending the tool life and increasing the cutting speed, the company says.
The new options for lathe rough toolpaths provide users with more control of their zigzag tool motion. They can choose to move back and forth, straight across, or ramp downward with each tool pass. The new grooving parameters allow users to position their tool accurately for face grooving. Enter a maximum and minimum start diameter for positioning the first groove cut.
In previous versions of Mastercam, the plunge turn toolpath only supported flat bottomed tools. In Mastercam X7 Lathe, full radius tool support is available.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.