CNC Software Easy-to-use “CAD for CAM” design tools provide flexibility
Mastercam from CNC Software, known for precision NC programming, also delivers a suite of shop-tested design tools.
CNC Software's Mastercam for precision NC programming also delivers various shop-tested design tools aimed at getting parts on and off the machine quickly. Modeling tools include 3D surfacing and solids, hole-filling, direct editing without a solids history and geometry repair.
Tolland-based CNC Software in the U.S. says its Mastercam Design streamlines and simplifies modeling and editing geometry. It also supports advanced geometry creation, including solid modeling, hybrid machining, NURBS curves and surfaces, 2D and 3D associative dimensioning, surface extension, blending, trimming, splitting, variable filleting, solid modeling as well as hybrid modeling to complete jobs quickly and efficiently.
Among the new enhancements to Mastercam 2018 Design are angle sweep, solid sweep and hole axis functions.
Angle sweep is said to improve the creation of more complex wireframe functions and when creating or editing primitives, there are now on-screen sweep and rotate controls. These controls can snap to the auto-cursor positions of existing entities, including tangencies. Additionally, the controls recognise horizontal and vertical snap positions based on the gnomon orientation, the company adds.
Solid Sweep has more options and controls, and now supports 2D and 3D along curves. New alignment options have been added to control the alignment between the profile and along chains. Profile geometry now easily runs along sharp corners, providing more flexibility and precision when modeling. When sharp corners are encountered, Mastercam mitres them.
Hole Axis is now easier to use with a large number of holes, especially holes with matching diameters that are selected as a group. New Direction options enable one to change the direction of the holes easily, and new Orientation options determine the direction of the top of the holes.
Other Mastercam 2018 Design improvements include a new gnomon-based rotation control to make roll and unroll results easier to predict, an inch-to-mm (vice versa too) translator when using the scale and the Align Note is now available as a drafting function.