By DE Editors
Mastercam X6 introduces a new multiaxis add-on, Mastercam Blade Expert, as well as other multiaxis enhancements.
Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D and 3D wireframe, solid primitives, or complex multisurface grids. Mastercam s Multiaxis machining has several toolpath types to govern the cut pattern including Multisurface 5-axis roughing and finishing, including depth cuts, plunge roughing, and flowline machining. For any type of toolpath, you can trim your toolpath to the new stock model. Trimming to stock reduces the amount of time the tool is not in contact with the material. Stock recognition trims toolpaths to eliminate air-cuts and drastically reduce cycle times. Swarf fanning and swarf machining over multisurface floors, plus rail swarf cutting for added control are also available, as well as the ability to machine 5-axis parts using spiral, zigzag, or one way tool motion.
Mastercam s Tool Axis Control allows orientation of the tool s center axis to be manipulated as it follows the cut pattern. Users have complete and dynamic control over the tool axis, lead/lag, entry/exit, and tilt. Full entry and exit control lets users determine exactly where and how the cutter enters and leaves the part. An automatic point generator adds greater precision, as well as advanced gouge checking and a 5-axis safe zone around the part.
When programming 5-axis parts, it is often necessary to come very close to the part or fixture with the cutter, arbor, or the holder. Mastercam gives users near miss tolerance fields so they can specify how close they are willing to get with any part of the tool and how to avoid those situations.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.