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Mastercam's latest release delivers two important tools to NC programmers. First, Mastercam's new approach to Z-level machining delivers dramatically faster processing times. Generation times for multi-surface pocket and contour roughing, multi-su...

Mastercam’s latest release delivers two important tools to NC programmers. First, Mastercam’s new approach to Z-level machining delivers dramatically faster processing times. Generation times for multi-surface pocket and contour roughing, multi-surface leftover or “rest” milling, and multi-surface contour finishing can be reduced by 10% to 75%. The most dramatic increases are in multi-surface contour roughing and finishing.

CNC Software has also announced two high-speed machining techniques that will help ensure smoother transitions and will reduce interrupted cuts.

Current multi-surface pocket toolpaths use a constant stepover. With Mastercam’s new technique, the user has a variable stepover option, which automatically adjusts the stepover to reduce small, uncut areas. This helps to make sure the cut remains uninterrupted.

Transition between pocketing passes is also important to high-speed machining. Mastercam will now create true tangential motion between cuts, reducing tool movement and ensuring the tool stays engaged in the material.

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