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II • GETTING STARTED WITH MASTERCAM MILL-TURN

Mastercam® X7 Getting Started with Mill-Turn Date: April 2013 Copyright © 2013 CNC Software, Inc.— All rights reserved. First Printing: April 2013 Software: Mastercam Mill-Turn X7

TERMS OF USE

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Contents 1. Introduction to Mill-Turn....................................................... 1   



What is Mastercam Mill-Turn?.................................................................... 1 System Requirements .................................................................................. 2 Getting Ready to Work ................................................................................. 5 Downloading and Preparing the Files ............................................................. 5 Loading a Missing Machine File ..................................................................... 6 How the Book is Organized .......................................................................... 7

2. Transitioning to Mill-Turn from Lathe................................... 9      



Running Over a Network .............................................................................. 9 File Compatibility .......................................................................................... 9 Bringing in Lathe Files ................................................................................ 10 Importing Parts into Mill-Turn....................................................................... 10 Replacement of Toolpath Parameters that Differ in Mill-Turn ................ 11 Menu Changes ............................................................................................ 13 Operation Manager Changes ..................................................................... 14 Toolbar Functions ......................................................................................... 14 Machine Group Properties (Files tab) .......................................................... 15 Machine Group Properties (Job Setup tab) ................................................. 16 Communications ......................................................................................... 17

3. Workflow Overview............................................................    

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1. Load or Create Part Geometry ............................................................... 20 2. Load the Appropriate Machine.............................................................. 20 3. Complete Job Setup ............................................................................... 21 4. Create Toolpath Operations ................................................................... 29

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5. Create Part-Handling Operations .......................................................... 30 6. Synchronize Operations ......................................................................... 31 7. Simulate the Operations ........................................................................ 32 8. Post the Operations ................................................................................ 33

4. Configuration and Job Setup ..............................................   

Adding a Machine File ............................................................................... 35 Adding Your Machine ................................................................................... 35 Setting Up Your Job ................................................................................... 36 Selecting a Machine..................................................................................... 37 Completing Job Setup ................................................................................ 38 Setting WCS, Setup Type, and Stock Type ................................................. 38 Specifying Part Geometry............................................................................. 39 Specifying Bar Stock Settings ...................................................................... 40 Setting Spindle and Chuck Parameters ....................................................... 41 Defining the Pickoff Operation...................................................................... 43

5. Turning Toolpaths ............................................................... 





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Programming the Left Spindle ................................................................... 45 The Facing Toolpath ..................................................................................... 45 The Roughing Toolpath ................................................................................. 48 The Finishing Toolpath .................................................................................. 50 Simulating the Toolpaths ............................................................................. 52 Synchronizing the Toolpaths ........................................................................ 55 The Part Handling Operations .................................................................... 59 Creating Part Handling Operations ............................................................... 59 Simulating the New Operations ................................................................... 60 Programming the Right Spindle ................................................................ 63 The Facing Toolpath ..................................................................................... 63 The Roughing Toolpath ................................................................................. 66 The Finishing Toolpath .................................................................................. 68 Synchronizing the Toolpaths ........................................................................ 70

6. Milling Toolpaths ................................................................      

Setting Up the Part ..................................................................................... 75 Importing the Milling Operations ............................................................... 76 Completing the Pocket Operation ............................................................. 79 Completing the Facing Operation .............................................................. 82 Completing the Rough Contour Operation................................................ 85 Completing the Finish Contour Operation ................................................ 86

7. Sync Manager.....................................................................     

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Customizing the Display ............................................................................. 90 Customizing Operation Settings ................................................................ 93 Creating Sync Points .................................................................................. 96 Using the Timeline ...................................................................................... 98 Sync Manager and Mastercam Interactions ......................................... 100 Changing Data in Sync Manager ................................................................ 102 Changing Data in Mastercam..................................................................... 104

8. Machine Simulation ........................................................... 107  

Starting Machine Simulation ................................................................... 108 Running a Simulation................................................................................ 110

9. Posting ............................................................................... 117       

Posting a Part ............................................................................................ 118 Using the Editing Functions ..................................................................... 119 Using the Syncs and Tools Functions .................................................... 121 Using the Right-Click Menu ..................................................................... 122 Modifying a Machine................................................................................ 123 Sending the NC Code to Your Control ..................................................... 125 Conclusion ................................................................................................. 128 Mastercam Resources ............................................................................... 128 Mastercam Documentation ....................................................................... 130 Contact Us .................................................................................................. 130

VI • GETTING STARTED WITH MASTERCAM MILL-TURN

CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Mill-Turn

1

This book presents an overview of Mastercam Mill-Turn and teaches the basics of preparing, simulating, and posting a Mill-Turn part. Along the way, you learn about the applications that make up Mill-Turn, including not only Mastercam, but also Code Expert.

What is Mastercam Mill-Turn? Mastercam Mill-Turn is a collection of functions, toolpaths, operations, and applications. These Mill-Turn elements work together to create synchronized G-code for cutting parts on a multitasking machine.

You begin the Mill-Turn workflow in Mastercam, where you load or create the part to cut. You then load a Mill-Turn machine, which adds Mill-Turn operations to Mastercam’s interface (see the following picture). These operations include not only

2 • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

milling and turning toolpaths, such as facing, pocketing, and pinch-turn, but also part-handling operations for programming pickoffs, cutoffs, bar feeds, spindle movement, and more.

When you have designed and toolpathed your part, you continue work in Code Expert, which is home to Sync Manager, Editor, and Machine Simulation. In Sync Manager you synchronize operations, in Editor you edit NC files, and in Machine Simulation you watch your operations in action.

System Requirements The following table lists the minimum system requirements for Mastercam products, including Mill-Turn. GETTING STARTED WITH MASTERCAM MILL-TURN

Mastercam Mill-Turn X7 System Requirements Operating System Support Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit Windows 8 Professional 64-bit

Minimum Required

Minimum Recommended Based Upon Application or Usage

2D Mill Toolpaths

Large Surface and Solids Modeling

Large 3D Mill, 5-Axis Toolpaths

Processor

32-bit Intel or AMD w/SSE2 support (64-bit for Mill-Turn)

Operating System

Windows 7 32-bit (Windows 7 64-bit for Mill-Turn)

Windows 7 64-bit

System Memory (32-bit OS)

2 GB

4 GB

System Memory (64-bit OS)

4 GB

Mastercam Mill-Turn with Simulation and 5-Axis and/or Stock Model

64-bit Intel or AMD (no 32-bit support)

64-bit Intel or AMD

minimum

Mastercam Mill-Turn with Simulation

8 GB

12 GB

Mastercam Mill-Turn X7 System Requirements Operating System Support Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit Windows 8 Professional 64-bit

Minimum Required

Graphics Device

1280 x 1024 resolution capable 128 MB graphics memory OpenGL driver support (no onboard graphics)

Graphics Monitor

Single Monitor 1280 x 1024 resolution capable

Hard Disk Space

40 GB, 1 GB free

Microsoft Products

Microsoft IE v6.0 or higher Excel and Word 2007 or higher

Minimum Recommended Based Upon Application or Usage

2D Mill Toolpaths

minimum

Large Surface and Solids Modeling

Large 3D Mill, 5-Axis Toolpaths

Mastercam Mill-Turn with Simulation

greater than 1280 x 1024 256 MB graphics memory or greater

Dual Monitors greater than 1280 x 1024 resolution capable

minimum

Mastercam Mill-Turn with Simulation and 5-Axis and/or Stock Model

100 GB, 5 GB free

minimum

INTRODUCTION TO MILL-TURN • 5

Getting Ready to Work Now that you know what Mill-Turn can do, it’s time to prepare your materials for the remainder of the book.

Downloading and Preparing the Files 1 Download the book’s files from http://www.mastercam.com/Support/

Documentation/GettingStartedWithMT.zip. 2 Use your favorite Zip utility to extract the files to a convenient location on

your computer system. 3 In the unzipped files, find Generic Fanuc Mill Turn.machine. 4 Place a copy of Generic Fanuc Mill Turn.machine in your C:\Users\Public\Documents\shared mcamx7\Mill Turn\MACHINES directory. (If you do not have the shared mcamx7 folder, run Mastercam,

which creates this folder when it’s run for the first time.) Along with the machine file are the Mill-Turn parts shown in the following table. CHAP4-PART1.MCX-7

CHAP6-PART2.MCX-7

CHAP4-PART2.MCX-7

CHAP6-PART3.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART1.MCX-7

CHAP6-PART4.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART2.MCX-7

CHAP6-FIX SYNCS.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART3.MCX-7

CHAP7-PART1.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART4.MCX-7

CHAP7-PART2.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART5.MCX-7

CHAP7-PART3.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART6.MCX-7

CHAP7-PART4.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART7.MCX-7

CHAP8-PART1.MCX-7

CHAP5-PART8.MCX-7

CHAP8-PART2.MCX-7

CHAP6-PART1.MCX-7

CHAP9-PART1.MCX-7

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6 • GETTING READY TO WORK

Loading a Missing Machine File Mill-Turn part files store a reference to their machine file. For that reason, if the machine file is missing or moved, Mastercam asks you to reassociate the machine with the part. The following procedure shows how to complete this important task. (You only need to do this if your part cannot find its machine file.) 1 Open the part file with Mastercam.

The MT Machine File Missing dialog box appears, as seen to the right. 2 Click Yes.

The MT Machine Files dialog box appears. 3 Navigate to the machine file for your part (in the case of this book, the machine file is Generic Fanuc Mill Turn.machine), and select it.

Mastercam loads the machine file and associates it with the part file.

4 Optional: Save the part file under a

new name, so that you do not overwrite the original.

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INTRODUCTION TO MILL-TURN • 7

How the Book is Organized This book’s chapters introduce the concepts, applications, and workflow that make up Mastercam Mill-Turn. Because the exercises in each chapter are meant to be completed in order, we highly recommend that you work through this book from the beginning to the end rather than skip from one chapter or tutorial to another. The following list describes each of this book’s chapters:

 Chapter 1, Introduction to Mill-Turn introduces the Mill-Turn product and offers guidelines for using this book.  Chapter 2, Transitioning to Mill-Turn from Lathe describes the differences between Mastercam Mill-Turn and legacy Mastercam Lathe, including network issues, file compatibility, and user-interface changes.  Chapter 3, Workflow Overview is a general road map for successfully working with Mastercam Mill-Turn. Topics covered include part geometry, Mill-Turn machine solutions, job setup, toolpaths, part-handling operations, synchronization, simulation, and posting.  Chapter 4, Configuration and Job Setup presents detailed exercises for preparing a Mill-Turn part, including specifying a machine and completing job setup.  Chapter 5, Turning Toolpaths features step-by-step procedures for creating and synchronizing turning toolpaths and part-handling operations on the left and right spindles of your machine.  Chapter 6, Milling Toolpaths features step-by-step procedures for creating and synchronizing milling operations, including facing, pocketing, and contour toolpaths.  Chapter 7, Sync Manager provides an overview of Sync Manager’s user interface and functionality. This chapter also includes a discussion of Sync Manager’s interaction with Mastercam.  Chapter 8, Machine Simulation provides an overview of Machine Simulation’s user interface and functionality, including running a simulation, changing graphics settings, and identifying synchronization problems.  Chapter 9, Posting is an overview of Code Expert Editor, including posting, editing, and navigating an NC file. This chapter also presents a procedure for sending a file to a machine control.

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8 • HOW THE BOOK IS ORGANIZED

GETTING STARTED WITH MASTERCAM MILL-TURN

CHAPTER 2

Transitioning to Mill-Turn from Lathe

2

Before you start work with Mill-Turn, you must understand how it differs from legacy (pre-X7) Mastercam. This chapter provides the information you need to begin using Mill-Turn effectively.

Running Over a Network A machine solution (represented by a .machine file) includes the post processor and other files that Mastercam needs to run Mill-Turn. This means that managing Mill-Turn over a network is significantly easier than in legacy Mastercam. Because Mastercam can access the machine file from any network location, you can move the file where you wish. You do not need to worry about the links between the machine solution’s components. When you load a Mill-Turn part, Mastercam looks for the machine file and reloads it. If the machine solution’s .machine file cannot be found—either because it has been moved or renamed—you are prompted to find and select it. This interaction is different than legacy Mastercam. Legacy Mastercam does not look for the machine definition when you load your part, but relies on the copy stored in your part file, while Mill-Turn requires that your machine file be available whenever you open your part. This ensures that if your machine file (or post) has changed, your part will stay up-to-date.

File Compatibility Mill-Turn files are incompatible with other versions of Mastercam.

 Posts from earlier versions of Mastercam cannot be updated to work with Mill-Turn. This is true even if they have been written for the same machine.  You cannot save a Mill-Turn part so that it can be used with a different version of Mastercam.  The Migration Utility and Update Folder functions do not apply to MillTurn.

10 • BRINGING IN LATHE FILES

Bringing in Lathe Files While you can import operations from legacy Lathe parts, the operations require considerable modification to function properly. In particular, Lathe miscellaneous operations (misc ops) cannot be migrated and should not be imported into your Mill-Turn file. This is true even if they were created with the POCO (Pickoff-Cutoff) utility in Mastercam X6. If you need to bring parts into Mill-Turn from legacy Mastercam, follow the workflow below.

Importing Parts into Mill-Turn 1 Make a copy of the part file. 2 Open the copy, and delete all of the machine groups.

3 Save the file. 4 Select a Mill-Turn .machine file. 5 Complete the Job Setup process (covered in “Setting Up Your Job” on

page 36). 6 Import operations from your original file, if desired.

CAUTION: Do not import Lathe misc ops. 7 Re-chain geometry as appropriate, and verify all of the settings for each

operation. Mill-Turn operations are architecturally different from legacy Lathe, so you must verify the operation settings. You must complete the Job Setup process before creating or importing any operations. For a more detailed example of importing operations, see Importing the Milling Operations on page 76.

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TRANSITIONING TO MILL-TURN FROM LATHE • 11

Replacement of Toolpath Parameters that Differ in Mill-Turn Many options on the Mill-Turn Toolpath parameters dialog box (highlighted in this picture) are not present in Mill-Turn:

The following picture shows the same dialog box in Mill-Turn:

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12 • REPLACEMENT OF TOOLPATH PARAMETERS THAT DIFFER IN MILL-TURN

In Mill-Turn, these functions are all machine-specific features that are configured in the machine file.

 Coolant options are selected in Sync Manager. Instead of selecting individual options, you select strategies that combine several different coolant events. Your machine developer defines these strategies based on options that are available on your machine.  Mastercam reads home positions from the machine file. You select approach and retract strategies in Sync Manager.  Misc values and canned text do not exist in Mill-Turn. You access machinespecific options and parameters in Sync Manager.  The information from the Coordinates dialog box—the tool origin and work offset—is part of Job Setup in Mill-Turn. The following picture shows how coolant appears in Sync Manager. Click the small inverted triangle next to each operation or segment to see which options are available.

Unlike legacy Mastercam, where you are limited to 20 miscellaneous ints and reals, Mill-Turn has no limit on the number of machine-specific options. Plus, the options can be specific to individual operation types or parts of an operation. Also, while legacy misc values are limited to numbers, toolpath options in Mill-Turn can be presented as numbers, checkboxes, list selections, or strings.

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TRANSITIONING TO MILL-TURN FROM LATHE • 13

Menu Changes Mill-Turn features a more logical and streamlined menu layout.

Mill-Turn organizes the single Toolpaths menu from legacy Lathe into different menus as follows:

 The Turning menu contains Lathe operations.  The Milling menu contains mill operations.  The Part Handling menu contains commands from the former Misc ops submenu. The individual operations are also more clearly named. In addition, the Machine Definition Manager and Control Definition Manager options are disabled in the Settings menu. You can access many of these settings in Mill-Turn by opening the machine file in Code Expert, and double-clicking Consumer in Machine Explorer.

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14 • OPERATION MANAGER CHANGES

Operation Manager Changes The Operations Manager in Mill-Turn has important differences from legacy Mastercam.

Toolbar Functions The Tool Setup button on the Operations Manager toolbar is used exclusively by Mill-Turn, whereas the G1 button has a new function in Mill-Turn:

 The Tool Setup button lets you configure how tools are loaded on your machine.

 The G1 button opens Sync Manager (only in Mill-Turn). From Sync Manager, you can create syncs, configure toolpath options, post operations, and launch Simulation.

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TRANSITIONING TO MILL-TURN FROM LATHE • 15

Machine Group Properties (Files tab) Some options in the Files tab have been removed for Mill-Turn users, since MillTurn stores the individual support files in the machine file.

 Although a default tool library is stored in the machine file, you can still select a different one here.  When creating individual operations, you can always select a tool from any library, just like in legacy Mastercam.  You can also import operations from any library, just like in legacy Mastercam. The operations library listed on this tab is only a default selection. While in legacy Mastercam, you can use the Replace button to select a different machine definition, in Mill-Turn you cannot do this. You can, however, use the Edit button to make changes to the current machine, if necessary.

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16 • OPERATION MANAGER CHANGES

Machine Group Properties (Job Setup tab) The Job Setup tab is new for Mill-Turn. It replaces the Stock Setup tab from legacy Mastercam and is available only in Mill-Turn.

Although the Job Setup tab seems to recreate much of the functionality of the Stock Setup tab in legacy Lathe, it is more closely tied to your workflow. Follow this general workflow when creating your parts: 1 Create all of your part geometry. The Mill-Turn workflow proceeds more

smoothly if you minimize later changes to your part. 2 Create a solid model of your finished part. A solid model is not required,

but if you have one, the Machine Simulation and Sync Manager functions display it with your toolpaths.

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TRANSITIONING TO MILL-TURN FROM LATHE • 17

3 Select your machine file from the Machine Type menu. The Job Setup

function launches automatically. 4 Complete the Job Setup pages in the order presented.

When you complete Job Setup, Mastercam automatically creates resources that help you program your part. The following list describes those resources.

 A custom WCS—This is a copy of WCS Top, whose origin is located at the machine zero location from your machine file.  New views within the WCS—These views correspond to standard machining orientations and applications, for programming both left and right spindles. Each view is created with the proper origin and work offset from your Job Setup settings. For example, in Job Setup you can choose to locate Z0 at either the front face or back face of your part; Mastercam then automatically creates tool planes with the desired origin.  Viewsheets for each spindle—Each viewsheet contains a copy of the part geometry properly positioned relative to the chuck jaws. You learn much more about the individual Job Setup pages when you complete the exercises later in this book.

Communications In Mill-Turn, you use Code Expert to configure your communications settings. 1 Open Code Expert from your Start menu (Start, All Programs, Mastercam

X7, Code Expert.) 2 Select Options from the File tab. 3 Select Editor, All languages, NC, Communications.

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18 • COMMUNICATIONS

4 Set your options as desired. Use Help to learn more.

Mill-Turn uses the same XML-based configuration files as Mastercam X6, so if you have been using a customized file in X6, you can use it in Mill-Turn. You can also use the same communications program.

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CHAPTER 3

Workflow Overview

3

Mastercam Mill-Turn introduces a streamlined workflow for creating the operations to cut your part. This chapter presents an overview of this workflow. The following chapters provide more detail and hands-on exercises. The Mill-Turn workflow is made up of the following steps. The remainder of this chapter explains each step in more detail. Load or create part geometry

Create part handling operations

Load the appropriate machine

Synchronize the operations

Complete job setup

Simulate the operations

Create toolpath operations

Post the operations

20 • 1. LOAD OR CREATE PART GEOMETRY

1. Load or Create Part Geometry Your first step with Mill-Turn is to create your part’s geometry. Often, this means simply loading the part’s file, although you can use Mastercam’s CAD tools to create the part’s geometry or to modify an existing part.

2. Load the Appropriate Machine Before you can create Mill-Turn operations on your part, you must load a Mill-Turn machine. Choose Machine Type, Mill-Turn from Mastercam’s menu, and then select the machine file you need. The machine file is a group of files stored as a unit. These files include the machine definition, tool database, and other data that legacy Mastercam stored in separate files.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 21

3. Complete Job Setup When you choose a Mill-Turn machine, Mastercam not only loads the machine, but also starts Code Expert, in which you complete many Mill-Turn tasks. After the machine file and Code Expert load, Mastercam displays the Job Setup tab of the Machine Group Properties dialog box. This tab is where you define the general parameters for your job. Job Setup arranges these parameters in logical, workflow order from top to bottom. The following sections describe each page of parameters.

WCS Page Use this page to define your Work Coordinate System (WCS) by clicking the View Selection button and choosing the initial WCS from the View Selection dialog box. Use the WCS option when importing geometry that is aligned incorrectly for machining, orienting the part on the machine differently from how it is oriented in Mastercam. On this page, you can also change the machine group’s name, which appears in the Toolpath Manager.

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22 • 3. COMPLETE JOB SETUP

Setup Type Page Use this page to set the spindle on which your job will begin. Here, you also specify your stock type (either continuous bar or single piece) and how to handle the parts as they are created. Stock type determines which part handling operations—such as pickoffs, cutoffs, and stock pulls—are available.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 23

Part Geometry Page Use this page to select your part geometry and tell Mastercam how to create geometry for the other spindle or for a turn profile. You can also select the color and specify the levels on which Mastercam creates the geometry.

If Create Opposed Spindle Geometry is selected, Mill-Turn creates the part geometry in both spindles, as shown in the first of the following pictures. If Create Opposed Spindle Geometry is off, Mill-Turn shows the part geometry in only the starting spindle, as shown in the second of the following pictures. Having the part

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24 • 3. COMPLETE JOB SETUP

geometry in both spindles lets you program the part on both the starting and opposing spindles.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 25

Stock Page Use this page to select the type of stock and its dimensions. You can also specify the number of parts to create and the amount of material to leave for other operations. Extra face and back stock are commonly used to leave stock for facing operations and affect the part transfer pickoff/cutoff positions. Note: Mill-Turn supports different stock types, with the stock page changing depending on your setup type.

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26 • 3. COMPLETE JOB SETUP

Left and Right Spindle Pages Use these pages to set chuck parameters for each spindle, including the clamping method, chuck dimensions, and part stickout. The Toolplane origin (on the Toolplane origin Z subpage) sets the zero point for operations on each spindle. Mastercam can calculate the value from the part geometry, or you can enter it yourself.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 27

Pickoff Page Use this page to set pickoff and cutoff parameters. These include the pickoff location, the cutoff tool, and the cutoff width. Note that Mill-Turn uses the cutoff width to adjust the pickoff/cutoff positions.

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28 • 3. COMPLETE JOB SETUP

Finishing Job Setup In Job Setup, click OK to finalize your choices. When you do, Mastercam creates your machine group, plus a set of convenient resources:

 The new WCS  Viewsheets for each spindle  Default toolplanes The viewsheets, subspindle geometry, and the revolved part profile make it easy for you to program operations on the subspindle.

Mastercam creates planes that correspond to standard machining orientations for different types of operations in each spindle, with origins keyed to the locations that you selected on the Job Setup pages.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 29

4. Create Toolpath Operations With job setup completed, you can create the operations to cut your part. Choose between turning and milling operations, each group having its own menu in Mastercam’s menu bar. (Note that these menus appear only when you have loaded a Mill-Turn machine file.)

Creating an operation means choosing not only a specific toolpath, such as facing or roughing, but also providing information about how your machine will perform the operation. For example, as part of the toolpath operation, you choose the cutting tool and specify the axis combination (the pairing of a spindle and a turret).

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30 • 5. CREATE PART-HANDLING OPERATIONS

5. Create Part-Handling Operations Next, you tell Mastercam how to handle the part using pickoff and cutoff operations. You choose these transfer operations from Mastercam’s Part Handling menu, whose available operations depend on the type of stock you have specified. For example, single-piece stock requires only a pickoff, whereas continuous bar stock requires a cutoff and a pickoff. The Part Handling menu also includes such operations as bar feeds, stock pulls, and turret parking. Note that part handling operations are not limited to finished parts. They can be used for many reasons, including bar feeding, pickoff ops where the opposing spindle supports the part, and other custom routines written by the machine solution provider. The Pickoff, Cutoff, and Stock Pull operations are complete strategies with predefined lists of sub-operations, relieving you from having to create these suboperations one by one, although you can modify them as needed. Choosing one of these strategies adds a group of operations to Mastercam’s Operations Manager, as seen in the second of the following pictures.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 31

Note: The resulting operations in the part-handling group cannot be moved or deleted individually; the entire group must be deleted. This restriction allows the machine solution provider to code the post logic to handle operations in specific fashions required by the machine tool.

6. Synchronize Operations Sync Manager is a visual tool that creates sync points for multi-stream machines. It also helps you create—for both single- and multi-stream machines—custom job setups that ensure valid output.

Synchronizing Multi-Stream Jobs After you have created your operations in Mastercam, run Sync Manager (shown in the following picture) from the Toolpath Manager, and synchronize the operations on your machine. Use your mouse to drag-and-drop operations between streams to ensure that each can complete successfully without collisions or other problems.

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32 • 7. SIMULATE THE OPERATIONS

Customizing Settings Sync Manager provides access to many settings, including coolant strategies and options traditionally stored as misc values in previous Mastercam versions. You can modify these settings by clicking the small arrow associated with the option to change and typing the required values into the provided fields.

7. Simulate the Operations Use Mill-Turn to simulate the machine’s motions as it cuts your part. By zooming or setting the visibility of specific components, you can customize the view to your needs. For example, the first picture below shows Machine Simulation’s default display, and the second picture shows the same job with the machine housing turned off.

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WORKFLOW OVERVIEW • 33

8. Post the Operations When you have validated your job, you post the operations, which creates the Gcode that you send to your machine to cut the part. After it is generated, the G-code displays in the editor, from which you can access the communications functions needed to transmit the code to your machine.

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34 • 8. POST THE OPERATIONS

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CHAPTER 4

Configuration and Job Setup

4

Before you create toolpaths with Mastercam Mill-Turn, you must complete configuration and setup tasks. These include choosing a machine and setting the appropriate options for your job.

Adding a Machine File Mill-Turn supports many types of machines, each having its own machine solution (.machine file). To see how to add a machine, start Mastercam and perform the following steps.

Adding Your Machine 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Machine Type, Mill-Turn, Manage list. The Machine Definition Menu Management dialog box displays.

2 Click the Browse button.

The Browse For Folder dialog box displays.

3 Navigate to shared Mcamx7\Mill Turn\MACHINES, (where you

copied the machine file in the section “Getting Ready to Work” on page 5), and click OK. The available machines display in the box below the Browse button.

36 • SETTING UP YOUR JOB

4 For the purposes of the exercises in this book, choose Generic Fanuc Mill Turn.machine, and click Add.

The machine moves to the Machine Definition Menu Items box, which means that it will now appear in Mastercam’s Machine Type, Mill-Turn submenu.

5 Click OK to dismiss the Machine

Definition Menu Management dialog box.

Setting Up Your Job You can now select the machine file from the Machine, Mill-Turn submenu. When you do, Job Setup displays, in which you must define your job’s parameters. These parameters include the following:

 The Work Coordinate System (WCS) setting  The spindle on which work will begin  The type of work to be done (chuck or bar)  The part geometry  The stock definition  The chuck jaw definitions  The part stickout and pickoff positions

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Selecting a Machine 1 Load the part file CHAP4-PART1, which is included with this book.

Note: This part file is in Metric units. If your Mastercam system is set for English units, you will be asked about switching from English to Metric. Just click OK to proceed. The part’s geometry displays in Mastercam’s graphics window. However, because no machine is assigned to the part, the Operations Manager is empty.

2 On Mastercam’s toolbar, click the

Shaded button.

Mastercam changes the part from wireframe to fully shaded.

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3 From Mastercam’s Machine Type, Mill-Turn menu, choose the Generic Fanuc Mill Turn.machine file.

Mastercam creates a new machine group, and then displays the Job Setup tab of the Machine Group Properties dialog box. Note: If Code Experts opens on top of Mastercam, minimize Code Expert. Do not close it.

Completing Job Setup The Job Setup tab contains the general parameters for your job. These parameters are arranged in top-down fashion, providing a helpful workflow for successfully configuring your job. In this section of the book, you work through the parameter list, setting up a continuous bar stock job on the left spindle. This job includes pickoff and cutoff operations.

Setting WCS, Setup Type, and Stock Type 1 Select the WCS page, and ensure

that WCS is set to TOP. Note: In your production work, you can use the WCS setting to reorient parts that are not aligned correctly for machining.

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2 Select Setup type in the list, and

ensure that Initial Spindle is set to Left spindle. The Left spindle setting specifies that the job starts on the left spindle. If a part transfer is required, the part moves from the left spindle to the right spindle.

3 Ensure that Continuous bar stock -

Pickoff, Stock Pull, Cutoff is selected in the drop-down list. Mill-Turn includes options for continuous bar stock and single stock pieces. Your selection determines the part handling operations you can create and the options that are available in the Pickoff page.

Specifying Part Geometry 1 Select Part geometry from the list,

and click the geometry selection arrow. The dialog box closes so that you can access Mastercam’s graphics window. 2 Click anywhere on the part, and

press [Enter]. Mastercam returns to the Job Setup tab, with the part’s geometry selected.

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Mastercam also enables the Delete previously created geometry and Create Opposed Spindle Geometry options. The first ensures that geometry created in previous operations is removed from the part. The second creates geometry for the opposite spindle, in this instance, the right spindle. 3 Select the Create turn profile(s)

option, and ensure that Spin is active. The Create turn profile option tells Mastercam to create turn-profile geometry using either of the following methods:

 Spin: Mastercam rotates the part geometry around an axis, generating the profile from the farthest extents of the spun geometry.  Slice: Mastercam slices the part geometry in the Lathe ZX (WCS XY) plane. The profile is limited to what the slice encounters and may not include the geometry’s full extents. For example, bosses not in the slice plane will be unrepresented in the turn profile.

Specifying Bar Stock Settings 1 Select Bar stock in the job setup list, and ensure that Number of parts is set

to 1.

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2 Set Extra stock for the outside

diameter to 2.0 mm.

Note: The initial stock settings, such as diameter values, appear when a solid has been selected as the part or stock model. This is not the case with wireframe geometry. 3 Set extra stock for face and back to

2.0 mm.

Setting Spindle and Chuck Parameters 1 Select Left Spindle, Chuck jaws in

the job setup list.

2 In the Part Stickout box, click the

“target” button. Mastercam minimizes the dialog box so that you can access the graphics window.

3 Click the part where shown in the following picture.

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The Machine Group Properties dialog box redisplays, and the Part Stickout Distance is set to 177.0.

4 In the job setup list, click Left

Spindle, Toolplane origin Z.

5 Ensure that the toolplane origin is

on the part’s right face.

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6 In the job setup list, click Right

Spindle, Toolplane origin Z.

7 Ensure that the toolplane origin is

on the part’s left face.

Defining the Pickoff Operation 1 In the job setup list, select Pickoff.

2 In the Pickoff box, click the “target”

button. Mastercam minimizes the dialog box so that you can access the graphics window. 3 Click the part where shown in the

following picture.

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The Machine Group Properties dialog box redisplays, and Distance from chuck face is set to 102.0. This is where the right spindle will grip the part.

4 In the Cutoff box, set Cutoff width

to 4.0 mm. 5 Click OK to close the Machine

Group Properties dialog box. 6 Save the part file as CHAP4-PART2XX, where XX is your initials.

Your job setup is now complete. In the next chapter, you create the toolpath operations needed to face the part in the left spindle with the lower turret.

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CHAPTER 5

Turning Toolpaths

5

In this lesson, you create toolpaths to cut the face and OD of a part with both roughing and finishing operations. You program the initial operations on the left spindle. You then transfer the part to the right spindle and cut the areas that were inaccessible in the left spindle. The operations you create are as follows:

 Facing, using the left spindle and lower turret  Roughing, using the left spindle and upper turret  Finishing, using the left spindle and lower turret  Part transfer from the left spindle to the right spindle, which includes pickoff and cutoff operations  Facing, using the right spindle and lower turret  Roughing, using the right spindle and upper turret  Finishing, using the right spindle and lower turret

Programming the Left Spindle In this section, you create a facing toolpath. You also create roughing and finishing operations for the part’s OD. You program these toolpaths on the left spindle, alternating between the lower and upper turrets. Continue with your part from the previous chapter, or load the supplied CHAP5PART1 part file.

The Facing Toolpath 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Face. The Enter new NC name dialog box displays.

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2 Click OK to accept the default NC

file name. The Lathe Face Properties dialog box appears. The tools displayed, however, are not appropriate for the operation you will create.

3 Click the Axis Combination button.

The Axis Combination / Spindle Origin dialog box displays.

4 Select the Lower Left axis

combination, and click OK. The Lathe Face Properties dialog box now shows tools that are appropriate for the lower left axis combination.

5 Select the ROUGH FACE LEFT tool

(your tool may be in a different position than the one shown).

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6 Click the Face parameters tab.

7 Ensure that Finish Z is set to 0.0, and activate the Lead In/Out checkbox.

8 Click OK to exit the dialog box.

Mastercam creates the facing toolpath based on your selected parameters, and the operation appears in Operations Manager. 9 Save the file as CHAP5-PART2-XX,

where XX is your initials.

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The Roughing Toolpath 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Rough. The Chaining dialog box displays.

2 Select the chain shown in the picture below, by clicking points 1 and 2.

3 Click OK to close the Chaining

dialog box. The Lathe Rough Properties dialog box displays. 4 Click the Axis Combination button,

ensure that the Upper Left axis combination is selected, and click OK.

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5 Choose the OD Finish Left 35

degree tool.

6 Click the Tool Angle button.

7 In the Tool Angle dialog box, set the

angle to 90, and click OK.

8 Click OK to close the Lathe Rough

Properties dialog box.

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Mastercam creates the roughing toolpath, as shown below.

9 Save the part as CHAP5-PART3-XX, where XX is your initials.

The Finishing Toolpath 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Finish. The Chaining dialog box displays.

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2 Select the chain shown in the picture below, clicking points 1 and 2.

3 Click OK to close the Chaining

dialog box. The Lathe Finish Properties dialog box displays. 4 Ensure that the Axis Combination is

set to Left Spindle / Lower Turret.

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5 Select the OD ROUGH LEFT tool.

6 Click OK to close the Lathe Finish Properties dialog box.

Mastercam creates the finishing toolpath. 7 Save the file as CHAP5-PART4-XX, where XX is your initials.

Simulating the Toolpaths To test your operations, you now simulate the job in the Machine Simulation application. 1 In Mastercam’s Toolpath Manager,

click Machine Group-1. Mastercam selects all of the operations.

2 Click the G1 (Post) button.

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After a few moments, Code Expert displays Sync Manager, as shown in the picture below.

3 In Sync Manager’s ribbon, click the

Launch button.

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After a few moments, the Machine Simulation window displays, as shown in the picture below.

4 In the graphics window, place your

mouse pointer over the left spindle, and use your mouse wheel to zoom in closer to the part’s stock, as shown in the picture to the right.

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5 In Machine Simulation’s ribbon,

click the Run button.

6 Watch as Machine Simulation

simulates the three operations you created. Notice how the toolpaths are not synchronized, with the two streams running concurrently. The picture to the right shows the upper and lower turrets vying for the part as they try to cut the roughing and finishing toolpaths.

Synchronizing the Toolpaths 1 Close Machine Simulation, by

clicking the Exit button. You are now ready to do more work in Sync Manager.

2 In Sync Manager, click the plus

signs (+) next to the operations in both the upper and lower streams. Sync Manager expands the operations to display the suboperations.

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3 Drag the right-hand edge of the Operations pane to the right, expanding the

pane until you can see the operations’ full descriptions, as shown below.

4 Drag down the bottom edge of the pane, expanding the pane vertically.

5 Use your mouse to drag-and-drop the Lathe Face operation’s Retract to the

Lathe Rough operation’s Approach. You have now synchronized the end of the facing toolpath with the start of the roughing toolpath. Sync Manager labels the sync point as Sync 1.

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6 Drag the Lathe Rough operation’s Retract to the Lathe Finish operation’s

Approach. Sync Manager labels the second sync point as Sync 2.

You have now synchronized the end of the roughing toolpath with the start of the finishing toolpath. Your upper and lower streams should now look like the following picture.

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TIP: At this point, the Status Bar’s status icon is yellow, which means that Mastercam must be updated from Sync Manager. For more information on how Sync Manager and Mastercam share data, please see Sync Manager and Mastercam Interactions (page 100). 7 Choose File, Save.

Sync Manager writes the synchronized data back to Mastercam, and the status icon returns to green. 8 Click the Launch button, and run the simulation again.

Now the operations are synchronized. 9 Close Machine Simulation. 10 Back in Mastercam (not Sync Manager), save the part as CHAP5-PART5-XX,

where XX is your initials.

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Note: Although you can close Code Expert when not using it, we suggest that you leave it open for your entire session. Then you do not need it wait for it to reload when you next need it.

The Part Handling Operations You now must transfer the part from the left spindle to the right, so that you can create the toolpaths to complete the job. To do this, you program pickoff, cutoff, and transfer operations that leave the part clamped in the right chuck, ready for cutting.

Creating Part Handling Operations 1 From Mastercam’s menu bar,

choose Part Handling, Pickoff/ Cutoff. The Pickoff, Stock Pull, Cutoff dialog box displays. 2 Verify that the Strategy is set to Pickoff, Stock Pull, Cutoff (Upper Turret), as

shown in the picture below. The Strategy selection (A in the picture below) determines which operations appear in the Operations list (B).

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3 Click OK to accept the default

settings for your part handling strategy. Mastercam Mill-Turn creates the requested set of operations, as seen in the picture to the right.

4 Save the part as CHAP5-PART6-XX, where XX is your initials.

Simulating the New Operations 1 In Toolpath Manager, click Machine

Group-1. Mastercam selects all of the operations.

2 Click the G1 button.

Mastercam sends the new data to Sync Manager, and Sync Manager displays in Code Expert’s window.

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3 Sync the Lathe Finish operation’s Retract to the Lathe Point operation’s

Approach, as shown in the picture below. Sync Manager creates a sync point labeled Sync 3. You have now synchronized the end of the finishing operation with the right spindle approach.

4 Save the file back to Mastercam,

and then click the Launch button. In a few moments, Machine Simulation displays.

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5 Rotate the graphics window so that you can see both spindles. (See the

picture below.) To do this, place your mouse pointer over the graphics window, hold down your left mouse button, and drag the mouse.

6 Use your mouse to zoom in on the two spindles.

Now you can see the simulation more clearly.

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7 Click the Run button.

Machine Simulation simulates all of the job’s operations. When the simulation completes, the right chuck will be holding the part, as seen in the picture below.

8 Close Machine Simulation.

Programming the Right Spindle Your part is now in the right spindle, and you can create the toolpaths to complete the part. For the following exercise, continue with your part from the previous section, or load CHAP5-PART6, supplied with this book.

The Facing Toolpath 1 Select the Machine Group-1.Right tab.

The graphics window now displays the right spindle.

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2 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Face. The Lathe Face Properties dialog box displays. 3 Click the Axis Combination button.

The Axis Combination / Spindle Origin dialog box displays.

4 Select the Lower Right axis

combination, and click OK. The Lathe Face Properties dialog box now shows tools that are appropriate for the lower right axis combination.

5 Select the Rough Face Right tool.

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6 Click the Face parameters tab.

7 Ensure that the Lead In/Out

checkbox is selected, and then click the Finish Z button.

8 Click on the face of the part, as

shown in the picture to the right.

9 Click OK to exit the dialog box.

Mastercam creates the facing toolpath based on your selected parameters, and the operation appears in Operations Manager.

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The Roughing Toolpath 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Rough. The Chaining dialog box displays.

2 Select the chain shown in the picture below, by clicking points 1 and 2.

3 Choose OK to close the Chaining

dialog box. The Lathe Rough Properties dialog box displays. 4 Click the Axis Combination button.

The Axis Combination / Spindle Origin dialog box displays.

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5 Ensure that the Upper Right axis

combination is selected, and click OK.

6 Choose the OD FINISH LEFT - 35

DEG tool.

7 Click the Tool Angle button.

The Tool Angle dialog box appears.

8 Set the Tool Angle to 90, select the 180 deg. option, and click OK.

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9 Click OK to close the Lathe Rough

Properties dialog box.

Mastercam creates the roughing toolpath, as shown below.

The Finishing Toolpath 1 From Mastercam’s menu, choose

Turning, Finish. The Chaining dialog box displays.

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2 Select the chain shown in the picture below, clicking points 1 and 2.

3 Click OK to close the Chaining

dialog box. The Lathe Finish Properties dialog box displays. 4 Ensure that the Axis Combination is

set to Right Spindle / Lower Turret.

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5 Select the OD FINISH RIGHT tool, and the Right spindle option.

6 Click OK to close the Lathe Finish Properties dialog box.

Mastercam creates the finishing toolpath. 7 Save the file as CHAP5-PART7-XX, where XX is your initials.

Synchronizing the Toolpaths 8 In Toolpath Manager, click Select

All Operations. Mastercam selects all of the operations.

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9 Click the G1 button.

After a few moments, Code Expert displays Sync Manager with the updated part data.

10 In the Upper Stream list, scroll

down to operation 17 Spindle Move, and click the plus (+) to show the sub-operations.

11 Hold down your [Ctrl] key, and, in

the Lower Stream list, scroll up to operation 19 Turret Park. The [Ctrl] key prevents the Upper Stream list from scrolling when you scroll the Lower Stream list.

12 Drag-and-drop from operation 17 Spindle Move’s End icon to operation 19

Turret Park, G28 Home, as shown in the picture below.

You have now synchronized the end of the part handling operations with the turret park operation. Sync Manager labels the sync point as Sync 4.

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13 Drag operation 20’s Retract to operation 21’s Approach.

Sync Manager labels this sync point as Sync 5. 14 Drag operation 21’s Retract to operation 22’s Approach.

Sync Manager labels this final sync point as Sync 6. 15 Choose File, Save.

Sync Manager writes the synchronized data back to Mastercam.

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16 Click the Launch button, and run the simulation.

All operations are synchronized. 17 Close Machine Simulation. 18 Back in Mastercam (not Sync Manager), save the part as CHAP5-PART8-XX.,

where XX is your initials. 19 Close Mastercam and Code Expert.

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CHAPTER 6

Milling Toolpaths

6

These exercises step through basic C- and Y-axis toolpathing using a partially programmed sample file. For simplicity’s sake, you import toolpaths from an existing file.

Setting Up the Part 1 Launch Mastercam. 2 Open the file CHAP6-PART1, which is included with this book. 3 Click the Machine Group-1.Left

viewsheet.

4 If the part is not shaded, click the Shaded button.

Mastercam changes the view from wireframe to shaded, as shown in the following picture.

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In Toolpath Manager, you can see that four lathe operations are already programmed (see the picture below). To start the C- and Y-axis milling examples, you import operations from a sample part.

Importing the Milling Operations 1 Right-click in Toolpath Manager,

and select Import. The Import Toolpath Operations dialog box appears.

2 Click the Select Operations File

button.

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3 Browse to and select the file CHAP6-FIX SYNCS, which is included with this

book. The operations contained in the selected file appear in the Import Toolpath Operations dialog box. TIP: To see the file when browsing, you must change the file extension filter from VX Operation Files to Mastercam X Files. (See the following picture.)

4 Select operations 5 through 8, and

click Import Operations.

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5 To avoid creating an additional

toolpath group, when asked if you want to import the operations groups, click No. A message box tells you that four operations imported successfully. 6 Close the message box, and close

the Import Toolpaths Operations dialog box by clicking Cancel.

After the import, the Operations Manager contains the operations shown to the right.

7 Save the file as CHAP6-PART2-XX, where XX is your initials.

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Completing the Pocket Operation 1 In Mastercam’s Toolpath Manager,

click Geometry in operation 5. The Chain Manager dialog box appears.

2 Right-click in the dialog box, and

choose Add chain from the pop-up menu. The Chaining dialog box appears.

3 Chain the rectangle shown to the

right, and click OK in the Chaining and Chain Manager dialog boxes.

4 Click the Parameters icon in

operation 5. The 2D Toolpaths - Pocket dialog box displays.

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5 Verify that the Toolpath Type is set

to Pocket.

6 Select Tool, and then verify that the

tool is a ½-inch flat endmill.

7 On the Setup page, ensure that Y-Axis Cross and the Upper Left axis

combination are selected.

Note: Because there is no existing toolplane for the selected geometry, Mastercam automatically creates the proper plane based on the selected geometry, the operation orientation, and axis combo. The display at the bottom of the dialog box tells you the name of the new plane.

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8 Click OK to close the 2D Toolpaths - Pocket dialog box. 9 Click Regenerate all selected

operations. Mastercam regenerates the pocket operation. 10 Select operation 5’s Toolpath icon

in the Toolpath Manager. The Backplot dialog box opens.

11 If necessary, activate the Display

tool button. A graphical representation of the tool appears in the graphics window.

12 In Mastercam, click the Isometric

button. The graphics area changes to an isometric view.

13 Click the Play button to run

backplot. Mastercam backplots the operation, as shown in the following picture.

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14 Close the Backplot dialog box.

Completing the Facing Operation Next, you finish the short wall in back of the pocket. 1 Click Operation 6’s Geometry icon.

Chain Manager appears.

2 Right-click, and choose Add chain.

The Chaining dialog box appears.

3 In the Chaining dialog box, choose

the Single button, and then select the line at the base of the wall, as shown in the following picture.

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4 Click OK in both the Chaining and Chain Manager dialog boxes. 5 Click operation 6’s Parameters

icon. The 2D Toolpaths - Contour dialog box displays.

6 Ensure that Toolpath Type is set to

Contour and the Tool is a ½-inch flat endmill.

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7 On the Setup page, select Y-Axis Cross, Upper Left, and TOP.LEFT, as shown

below.

8 Click OK to close the 2D Toolpaths - Contour dialog box. 9 Click Regenerate all selected

operations. Mastercam regenerates the operation. 10 Select operation 6’s Toolpath icon, and backplot the operation, as shown

below.

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11 Close the Backplot dialog box. 12 Save the part as CHAP6-PART3-XX, where XX is your initials.

Completing the Rough Contour Operation Next, you rough out the triangular section at the front of the part. 1 Re-chain geometry for Operation 7 – Rough Contour as shown here.

2 Click the Parameters icon, and set Toolpath Type to Contour, and for Tool,

select a ½-inch flat endmill. 3 On the Setup page, select C-Axis Face and the Upper Left axis combo.

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4 Regen the operation, and select Toolpath to backplot it.

5 Close the Backplot dialog box.

Completing the Finish Contour Operation You next finish the triangular section at the front of the part. 1 Re-chain geometry for Operation 8 – Finish Contour as shown here. (Select

the same contour as in the previous rough operation.)

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2 Open the toolpath’s parameters, and set Toolpath Type to Contour, and for

Tool, select a ½-inch flat endmill. 3 On the Setup page, select C-Axis Face and the Upper Left axis combo. 4 Click OK to close the 2D Toolpaths - Contour dialog box. 5 Regen the operation, and select Toolpath to backplot the operation.

6 Save the part as CHAP6-PART4-XX, where XX is your initials.

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CHAPTER 7

Sync Manager

7

Sync Manager lets you to create sync points for multi-stream machines and create custom job setups that ensure valid output. Before you can display Sync Manager, however, you must have a toolpathed Mill-Turn part loaded into Mastercam. Then, to display Sync Manager, click the G1 (post) button. Sync Manager’s window has six main areas. Refer to the following picture as you work through the procedures in this chapter. Ribbon

Machine Explorer

Operations pane

Properties grid

Graphics window

Timeline

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Customizing the Display You can easily modify Sync Manager’s display to suit your needs. Perform the following procedure to discover some common features. 1 In Mastercam, load the part file named CHAP7-PART1, which is included

with this book. Mastercam should look similar to the following picture.

Notice that Mastercam’s Operations Manager contains a machine group for a Generic Fanuc MT Machine. Notice also that the toolpath group contains facing, roughing, and finishing toolpaths for the part displayed in the graphics window. 2 Click the G1 button.

In a few moments, Sync Manager appears in the Code Expert window, as shown below.

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3 If you have Machine Explorer and the Properties grid open (not shown in

the previous picture), close them so that you can see more of the part.

4 Click the small arrow in the

Timeline’s upper-right corner, and choose Auto Hide. The Timeline minimizes to a tab.

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5 In the Sync Manager ribbon, experiment with the checkboxes in the Show

group to toggle display elements on and off.

The picture below shows the graphics window with the fixtures and stock removed from the display.

6 Click the View tab to display the

View ribbon.

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7 Click the Fit button.

The geometry zooms to fit the graphics window.

8 Click the view buttons to see the

part from different angles. The picture below shows the part in Top view.

Customizing Operation Settings You can set options for individual parameters by clicking small inverted triangles in the Operations List. Perform the following procedure to see how this works.

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1 With your mouse, drag the right-

hand edge of the Operations pane to increase its width.

2 Click the plus signs (+) next to the operations in the Operations pane.

Sync Manager expands the operations, as shown below.

3 Go to the View ribbon, and click

Properties.

The Properties grid appears. The Code Expert window should now look similar to the following picture.

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4 Click OD Rough 35 degree RH in

the Operations pane.

Information about the selected item appears in the Properties grid, as shown in the picture to the right.

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5 Back in the Operations pane, click

the small arrow to the right of Lathe Rough. A small box appears into which you can enter a new value for the option. 6 Change the value to Strategy1, and

then click outside of the box to accept your change. The option’s value in the Properties pane also changes. You can edit your operations in either the Operations pane or the Properties grid. 7 Press [Ctrl+S] to save your changes

to Mastercam. 8 In Mastercam (not Sync Manager), save the part as CHAP7-PART2-XX,

where XX is your initials.

Creating Sync Points With Sync Manager, you can use simple drag-and-drop to synchronize your operations, as the following procedure demonstrates. 1 In Mastercam, load the file CHAP7-PART3, which is included with this book. 2 In Toolpath Manager, click Machine Group-1 to select all operations. 3 Click the G1 button to open Sync

Manager. Sync Manager opens with the panes set as you had them when you last closed the application. 4 Click the plus signs to expand the operations.

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5 Select Retract in the Lathe Face

operation.

6 Drag-and-drop the selected Retract in the Lathe Face operation to

Approach in the Lathe Rough operation, as shown in the picture below.

Sync Manager creates a sync point (also called a wait op) between the two operations, as shown below.

7 Create a sync point between the Lathe Rough operation’s Retract and the

Lathe Finish operation’s Approach, as shown in the following two pictures.

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98 • USING THE TIMELINE

Using the Timeline 1 Click the Timeline tab in the Code

Expert window’s lower-left corner. The Timeline displays.

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2 In the Timeline’s upper-right

corner, click the pin icon. The Timeline’s Auto Hide option is now off, and the Timeline no longer minimizes to a tab. The Timeline displays the operations horizontally instead of vertically, as they are displayed in the Operation’s pane.

3 In the Timeline’s lower-left corner,

drag the zoom slider all the way to the left. You should see the three operations and two red lines, as shown below. The red lines are the sync points you created in the Operations pane.

4 Hover your mouse over a sync point in the Timeline.

Sync Manager displays a tooltip for the sync and outlines the equivalent sync point in the Operations pane, as shown in the following image.

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5 Close Sync Manager, without saving any changes you may have made to the

file.

Sync Manager and Mastercam Interactions Because Sync Manager and Mastercam share data, their interactions are tightly controlled. When a part is open in both, you can access either application freely only when the data in both is up to date. Mastercam is the master application with respect to Sync Manager; the part data in Mastercam represents the current state of the part. Sync Manager uses a working copy of that data. When you save data from Sync Manager, you are updating the part file in Mastercam with those changes. The following picture summarizes these interactions.

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To see how these interactions work, perform the following exercise.

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Changing Data in Sync Manager 1 Load the file CHAP7-PART4 (provided with this book) into Mastercam.

Mastercam not only loads the part, but also starts the Code Expert application, as seen below. Note that Code Expert is not yet displaying data for the part you loaded.

2 In Mastercam’s Toolpath Manager,

select all operations, and then click the G1 button.

Sync Manager opens the part. At this point, you can access both Mastercam and Sync Manager because both applications have a clean operation set.

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3 Notice the green circle in Code

Expert’s status bar. Green indicates that Mastercam’s and Sync Manager’s data sets match. 4 In Sync Manager, expand the Lathe Rough and Lathe Face operations, as

shown below.

5 Right-click on a Sync 1 sync point,

and choose Delete Sync Group from the pop-up menu. Sync Manager removes the pair of sync points.

6 Notice that the status indicator is

now yellow, which means Mastercam’s and Sync Manager’s data sets no longer match.

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7 Try to select something in the Mastercam window.

Sync Manager retains control, disabling access to Mastercam. You cannot use Mastercam because the loaded part does not yet contain the changes you made in Sync Manager. 8 In Sync Manager, click the Save

button. Sync Manager’s status indicator turns green.

9 Try to select something in the Mastercam window.

Sync Manager lets you access Mastercam because its data is now up to date.

Changing Data in Mastercam 1 In Mastercam, click the Geometry

icon in the Lathe Rough operation, and delete the chain.

Mastercam marks the operation as dirty.

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2 Notice that Sync Manager’s status

icon has changed to a lock. The lock indicates that the part in Mastercam does not match the data in Sync Manager. 3 Rechain the geometry, clicking at the points shown below.

4 Click the Regenerate all selected

operations button. Mastercam regenerates the operation, resolving its dirty state.

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5 Select all operations, and then click

the G1 button. Mastercam sends the updated part data to Sync Manager, whose status indicator again shows green.

6 In Mastercam, select File, New. (Do

not save changes to the loaded file.) Sync Manager’s status indicator shows red, which indicates that Mastercam and Sync Manager are no longer linked. The table below describes Sync Manager’s status icons. Sync Manager’s data matches Mastercam’s data.

Sync Manager needs to be rerun from Mastercam.

Changes in Sync Manager need to be saved.

Sync Manager and Mastercam are completely disconnected.

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CHAPTER 8

Machine Simulation

8

Use Machine Simulation to verify your toolpaths, watching as a graphical representation of the machine cuts the part. Using Machine Simulation helps you find problems before the actual machining. (For more information about Machine Simulation, please read the Machine Simulation tutorial, available from your Reseller or the Mastercam website.) The Machine Simulation window has the six main areas shown below. Refer to this illustration as you work through the procedures in this chapter. Menu bar

Tabbed data window 1

Ribbon

Tabbed data window 2

Graphics window

Progress slider

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Starting Machine Simulation 1 In Mastercam, open the file CHAP8-PART1, which is included with this book. Then save the file as CHAP8-PART2-XX, where XX is your initials.

Mastercam’s window should look similar to the following picture.

2 In Operations Manager, click the

Select all operations button.

3 Click the G1 button.

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Sync Manager opens with the part’s data loaded, as shown below. (Note that you may or may not see the Machine Explorer and Properties panes, depending on the state of the application when you last closed it.)

4 In Sync Manager, click the Launch

button.

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The Machine Simulation window appears, as shown in the picture below.

Note: If you do not see the tabbed panes on the right side of the window, you can display them by choosing options from the Settings, Windows menu. The following exercises require you to display the Move List.

Running a Simulation 1 Place your mouse over the graphics area, and move your mouse wheel.

The view zooms in or out, depending on the direction you spin the wheel. 2 Click the Fit to Screen button.

Machine Simulation zooms the graphics window to exactly display its contents.

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3 Click the Run button.

Machine Simulation simulates the operations in your part. As it does, the Move List displays the running code, as shown below. (If you do not see the Move List, choose Settings, Windows, Move List from the menu bar.

4 Click the Machine Housing button.

The machine housing becomes transparent, as shown in the following picture.

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5 Click the Machine Housing button

again. Machine Simulation removes the machine housing from the display.

Note: You can directly select a specific display state (Show, Transparent, or Hide) by clicking the small arrow on a Show/Hide button and selecting the state from the drop-down menu.

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The following table describes the Show/Hide buttons, which let you add or remove  machine and toolpath elements from the display. Toolpath

Stock

Tool

Initial Stock

Workpiece

Machine Housing

6 In the graphics window, place your mouse pointer over the left spindle, and

use your mouse wheel to zoom in closer, as shown in the following picture.

7 Drag the simulation speed slider to

the left, approximately to the location shown. Now when you next start the simulation, it will run slower than it did the first time.

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8 Click the Restart button.

Machine Simulation resets the operations to the beginning.

9 Click the Run button.

Machine Simulation simulates the operations with your new settings.

The following table describes the simulation controls. Previous Operation

Next Operation

Step Back

Stop

Run

Fast Forward

Step Forward

Restart

10 Drag the Progress slider at the bottom of the screen to move backward and

forward through the simulation.

As you drag the slider, notice how the Move List in the tabbed panes (shown in the following picture) updates to show the current operation and move.

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11 Click the Exit button to close the

Simulation window.

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CHAPTER 9

Posting

9

After you have created your operations and verified them in Machine Simulation, you are ready to post the part. This process creates the program (G-code) that you send to your machine control to cut the part. When you post a part, Code Expert opens the resulting G-code in its editor. The editor window has the main areas shown below. Refer to this illustration as you work through the procedures in this chapter. Ribbon tabs

Machine Explorer

NC Functions ribbon

Properties grid

Code pane

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Posting a Part 1 Load the file CHAP9-PART1.MCX-7

into Mastercam, and select all operations in Toolpath Manager.

2 Click the G1 button.

Sync Manager opens and displays the part’s data.

3 In Sync Manager, click the Post

button. Sync Manager processes the part, and opens the resulting G-code file into Code Expert’s editor. Note that the code is merged into a single stream, with the code for both turrets shown in the same pane.

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4 In the Multi-Stream function group,

click View.

Code Expert divides the code into two streams, with the upper turret on the left and the lower turret on the right.

Using the Editing Functions 1 Click View to return to the single-

stream display.

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2 Click the small arrow in the lower-

right corner of the Editing function group. The Insert Block Numbers dialog box appears.

3 Change Starting Sequence Number and Sequence Increment to 10, and

click OK.

4 In the Editing function group, click

Insert Block Numbers.

The editor adds block numbers to the code (see the image to the right) based on the settings you specified in the Insert Block Numbers dialog box.

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5 Click Remove Block Numbers.

The editor removes the block numbers from the code.

6 Click Remove Comments.

The Editor removes all comments from the code file.

7 On your keyboard, press [Ctrl+Z].

The editor undoes the Remove Comments command.

Using the Syncs and Tools Functions 1 Click Remove Comments. 2 In the Syncs function group, click

First.

The editor jumps to the first synchronization code in the file.

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3 Click Last.

The editor jumps to the last synchronization code in the file.

4 Move the insertion point (text cursor) back to the top of the file. 5 In the Tools function group, click

First. The editor jumps to the first tool change in the file.

Using the Right-Click Menu 1 Highlight a line of code, right-click

the line, and choose Lowercase from the pop-up menu. The editor changes the selected text to lowercase, as shown below.

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2 Right-click anywhere in the code,

and select Copy File/Path. The editor places the active file’s full path into the Clipboard.

3 Place the text cursor where you want to insert the file’s path, and press

[Ctrl+V] to paste the file path into your code.

Modifying a Machine 1 Click the X on the NC file’s tab, and answer No if the Save File dialog box

displays.

Code Expert closes the code document. 2 In the Machine Explorer pane,

double-click the Consumer control layer entry. Note: If you do not see the Machine Explorer pane, go to the View tab and click Machine Explorer.

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Code Expert opens the machine file, as shown below, displaying settings that the machine developer has exposed to end users.

3 Click the plus sign (+) next to

Comment. The editor shows the configurable token in the Comment group.

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4 Next to Output sequence numbers on comment lines?, select the

checkbox, which activates this option.

5 Go to the File tab, and choose Save

As, and save your modified machine file under the name MyMachine.machine. The modified machine file now has the Output sequence numbers on comment lines option turned on.

Sending the NC Code to Your Control 1 Click the CHAP9-PART1.iof tab,

and then click the G1 button to post the part. Sync Manager regenerates the NC file.

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2 Click the File tab.

The file commands display.

3 Click Options.

The Application Options dialog box appears.

4 Open the option group Editor, All

Languages, NC, Communications. The communications options appear in the dialog box’s right pane.

5 Set the communications options

appropriately for your machine control. (If you are unsure, leave them set to the defaults.)

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6 Click OK to close the Application

Options dialog box.

7 On the NC Functions ribbon, click

the Send (not Send File) button.

8 If the Machine Configuration dialog box appears, do the following: a Click the Open button. b Choose the appropriate XML file for your machine control. c Click Open. d Click OK. e In the NC Functions ribbon, click Send again.

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Note: The XML file you choose contains the settings needed to populate the options in the Machine Configuration dialog box. 9 At this point, if you were connected to your machine control, you would

click Send in the Transfer Status dialog box. Code Expert sends the G-code file to your machine control.

Conclusion Congratulations! You have completed the Getting Started with Mastercam Mill-Turn tutorial. Now that you have mastered these skills, explore Mastercam’s other features and functions. Additional tutorials may be available. For information and availability or for further training, please contact your local Mastercam Reseller.

Mastercam Resources Enhance your Mastercam experience by using the following resources:

 Mastercam Help—Access Mastercam Help by selecting Help, Contents from Mastercam’s menu bar or by pressing [Alt+H] on your keyboard. Also, most dialog boxes and ribbon bars feature a Help button that opens Mastercam Help directly to related information.  Mastercam Reseller—Your local Mastercam Reseller can help with most questions about Mastercam.

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 Technical Support—CNC Software’s Technical Support department (860875-5006 or [email protected]) is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time.  Mastercam University—CNC Software sponsors Mastercam University, an affordable online learning platform that gives you 24/7 access to Mastercam training materials. Take advantage of more than 180 videos to master your skills at your own pace and help prepare yourself for Mastercam Certification. For more information on Mastercam University, please contact your Authorized Mastercam Reseller, visit www.mastercamu.com, or email [email protected]  Online communities— You can find a wealth of information, including many videos, at www.mastercam.com and www.mastercamedu.com. For tech tips and the latest Mastercam news, you can join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mastercam), follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ mastercam), and subscribe to our blog, Mastercam Xtras (http:// blog.mastercam.com). Visit our YouTube channel to see Mastercam in action (www.youtube.com/user/MastercamCadCam)!

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Mastercam Documentation Mastercam installs the following documents in the \Documentation folder of your Mastercam installation:

 What’s New in Mastercam X7  Mastercam X7 Installation Guide  Mastercam X7 Administrator Guide  Mastercam X7 Transition Guide  Mastercam X7 Quick Reference Card  Mastercam X7 Post Debugger User’s Guide  Getting Started with Renishaw Productivity+™  Mastercam X7 ReadMe

Contact Us For questions about this or other Mastercam documentation, contact the Technical Documentation department by email at [email protected] Use the following websites to find information on Mastercam: www.mastercam.com

CNC Software, Inc. corporate website

www.mastercamedu.com

CNC Software, Inc. Educational Division website

For assistance with installing Mastercam, its HASP or NetHASP, or to obtain more information on using Mastercam, contact your local Mastercam Reseller. If your Reseller is unavailable, you can call CNC Technical Support Services Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., USA Eastern Standard Time. When calling CNC Software for technical support, please follow these guidelines:

 Be sure you have already tried to contact your Mastercam Reseller.  Provide the serial number of your HASP or NetHASP.  Be ready to describe the problem in detail. Write down what happened, particularly if you cannot call immediately after the problem occurs.  Be in front of your computer when you call.

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 If possible, try to duplicate the problem before calling. Our Support Services technician may require you to duplicate the problem while you are on the phone.  When you call, have ready a complete description of your hardware, including your operating system (OS), central processing unit (CPU), graphics card and settings, and memory. You can also leave a message for CNC Support Services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week via our email or website addresses. When sending email, please include:

 The serial number of your HASP or NetHASP  Telephone number and contact information where you can be reached  Files required to reproduce an issue, such as MCX and post files TIP: Use Mastercam’s Zip2Go utility to gather Mastercam part data into a compressed .Z2G file. This utility makes it easy to provide your Reseller or CNC Support Services with a file attachment that contains the information they need. Zip2Go scans the machine groups in your current part file and captures information such as your Mastercam configuration, machine definition, and post files. For more information on using Zip2Go, please refer to the Mastercam Help.

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