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Why choose Mastercam?

Mastercam is the Industry Standard

The most recent analysis of CAM software seats produced by CIMdata, Inc. shows that CNC Software's Mastercam is the world's most widely-used CAM software. With almost 136,000 installed seats, Mastercam has more than twice the installed base of the closest competitor.

What does this mean for you? It means that when you choose Mastercam, you're using innovative CAM software that has helped more shops achieve success than any other. It also means that skilled Mastercam users are much easier to find.

Mastercam's Support is Second to None
Mastercam is supported by a worldwide network of dedicated, expert resellers who focus exclusively on ensuring that Mastercam fits your needs. They know the software, know your area, and are there when you need them.

Mastercam also enjoys a large online user community that offers advice, help, tips and tricks to fellow Mastercam programmers.

Mastercam is Dedicated to the Future
As one of the pioneers in PC-based CAD/CAM, Mastercam has a long history of company security and health. As a privately-owned company, we continue to focus exclusively on the needs of NC programmers. And as a CAD/CAM innovator, we'll be here to work with you as you move into the future.

More Tools for Your Canvas

Sculpt Organic Surface
Art users can now create more sophisticated surfaces and have more control over those surfaces. An organic surface drives through two open contours, with the ability to have a dynamically adjusted cross section (Bezier curve) stretched or scaled between the drive curves.

B-Spline Dynamic Cross Sections
B-Spline has been added to the dynamic cross section library, allowing you to create a new category of complex cross sections. Many simple and complex shapes can be created with this new cross section.

Move Art Surface Operations in the Art Manager
Use the Up/Down arrows in the Art Manager's third toolbar to move Art Surface Operations (ASOs) up and down the list. Select the ASO to highlight it, then select the Up arrow to move it up the list or the Down arrow to move it down the list. Regenerate the list when you have your ASOs in the correct position. This will help you in keeping large projects organized.

Using Colors and Bold Text
When entering an Art Surface Operation name, you can also select a color or bold the name in the Art Manager. For example, you can name the first operation in a group using blue, bold text, and the rest in that group will be blue. The next group would be assigned a new color. This will make it much easier to manage complex Art projects with many ASOs.

Art Shading and Material Mapping Improvements
You can now map materials to Art surfaces, allowing you to show the Art model in the material specified by the customer. You can also simultaneously blend, show material, add reflection, adjust color and opacity, and see them all applied to the model in real time.

Vertex Buffers
If you have an OpenGL graphics card, selecting the Vertex buffer check box on the Surface Display Options Dialog increases your speed when working on large Art files.

Mastercam System Requirements

  • Processor: 1.5 GHz (minimum) 32-bit Intel-compatible processor; 64-bit Intel-compatible processors are supported.
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate), or Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) including the latest service packs and recommended updates; Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework (installed with Mastercam)
  • Memory: 1 GB (minimum), 1.7 GB available hard disk space.
  • Graphics: 128 MB OpenGL-compatible graphics card (minimum).
  • Monitor: 1024 x 768 at 96 DPI (minimum)
  • Mouse: Windows-compatible 2-button or 3-button mouse (or with middle mouse wheel.

As an independent software vendor partner with Dell, Mastercam receives and tests their latest hardware offerings to make sure that they are compatible with Mastercam. Once a system is received, Mastercam is installed and we run tests to insure the hardware platform and its individual components work without error. By eliminating the issue of incompatibility, both software and hardware vendors help reduce troubleshooting and resolution. If the system meets our approval, it is deemed "certified" and then listed on Dell's web page as a supported and recommended system from running Mastercam.

Click here for a list of the current Dell Precision Workstations that Mastercam has certified.

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