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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.

A Focus on Speed and Efficiency

Mastercam X4 is here with a new suite of CAD/CAM tools focused on delivering speed and efficiency for your machining jobs.

Multiple Groove Chain

The new Multiple chains option makes programming complex groves containing multiple pieces of geometry much easier by programming all selected grooves at once.

Other Groove Toolpath Enhancements

  • A corner dwell has been added to the Groove finish parameters page. The dwell will be engaged at the intersection of wall/corner geometry to a flat bottom groove.
  • You can now set a feed rate specifically for the first plunge move
  • New feed and speed options for finish passes output a separate feed rate and spindle speed for the finish groove passes.

Tool Inspection Position

Mastercam X4 now provides a way for you to inspect your tool based on conditions you set. The options available are between grooves, after first plunge, after each depth cut, and after a specified number of plunges.

Turn Profile

Mastercam X4 includes a new function for generating a turned profile from a solid, immediately delivering a precise profile of even the most complex and non-uniform parts.

Lathe
When combined with Mill Level 1
When combined with Mill Level 3
CAD
Complete customizability
Quickly create and dimension live wireframe geometry
Read / write IGES, DXF, SAT, Parasolid & more
Read native Autocad, SolidWorks, Solid Edge & more
Read native Catia and Pro/E files
optional
optional
optional
Live surface modeling
CAD file change recognition
Solid modeling
optional
optional
optional
CAM
Streamlined "Quick Toolpath" programming
Intelligent ID and OD roughing
Easy finishing
Optimized facing
Grooving
Threading
Canned cycle support
Automatic gouge checking
Boring, drilling, and point-to-point machining
Machine directly on a solid
Chuck, part, steady rest, and tailstock collision check
Fully associative toolpaths
Machine and control definition
Face and cross contour
Face and cross drilling
3D C-axis contour machining
All pocketing routines  
All contour routines  
All drilling routines  
Full multisurface and solid roughing    
Full multisurface and solid finishing    
Full multisurface and solid "clean-up" machining    
High speed toolpaths    
Multiaxis machining    
optional
Engraving  
optional
optional

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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