TOLLAND, Conn.—CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, released Mastercam 2021, the company said in a release. Mastercam 2021 is reported to increase machining productivity and reduce overall production costs with faster and more flexible multi-axis improvements, improvements in turning and turning-related applications, and advances in speed and safety.
Mastercam President and CEO Meghan West said these advancements have been made in direct response to the needs of the global manufacturing community.
“Mastercam is developed by listening to our users and creating solutions for their problems. We adapt to changing needs to ensure that the customer experience is the best it can be as we continue to innovate for improved automation, efficiency, connectivity, and precision,” West said in the release. “From job setup through job completion, you can depend on our technology to empower productivity.”
Mastercam 2021 added new techniques and strategies for faster, more flexible multi-axis programming, a benefit as more shops continue to rely on streamlined multi-axis cutting for single-setup precision, the release said.
Expanded multi-axis pocketing combines efficient pocket cutting with a focus on finishing with accelerated finish tools, a feature that automatically maintains the correct tool contact within defined parameters. Mastercam offers the ability to analyze and modify the UV direction on surface models, expanding the power and flexibility of multi-axis flowline milling toolpaths. The new 3+2 automatic roughing toolpath automatically makes multiplane 3-axis roughing toolpaths by evaluating the model and stock, creating a cut, calculating what remains, and repeating the process until roughing is complete, the release said.
Mastercam 2021 expands the support for modeling chucks and chuck jaws, letting users define them by selecting a solid model. Other advances in turning and turning-related applications include Mastercam mill-turn, which supports collet chucks as individual component types, greatly expanding the range of machines that can be directly supported.
Mill-turn simulation has been added to the Mastercam simulator interface so a user can experience mill-turn simulation with the same interface tools as Mastercam simulator. The company’s Swiss machining software combines Mastercam mill and Mastercam lathe with specialized post processors. This adds machine-specific controls inside the Mastercam interface, delivering accurate G-code for a wide variety of Swiss machines, the release said.
A new toolpath in Mastercam 2021, advanced drill, is a customizable multi-segment drill cycle that is useful for spot drilling, deep hole drilling, and back spot facing. Each segment of the drill cycle can be defined and customized, adding to numeric control programming speed, safety, and precision.
When using tools with a tip angle, the new chamfer drill toolpath chamfers holes after calculating the correct depth based on the desired width or depth. It lets users select holes of different diameters or sizes, or that lie in different planes, and machine them in a single operation with a single tool. When creating a bounding box in Mastercam 2021, the new wrap option allows users to create the smallest bounding box possible.
In addition, the new check tool reach function lets users check their tool and holder against the selected model geometry to view where the tool can and cannot reach, the release said.