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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 Ease of Use

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

Dynamic Mill

Mastercam X4 introduces a new 2D High Speed Toolpath, Dynamic Mill. This gives you the ability to utilize the entire flute length of the cutting tool while maintaining more consistent cutting conditions. This technique saves cutting time while reducing wear on your tooling and machines. Dynamic Mill also offers:

  • "Micro lift" retracts that avoid excess heat buildup
  • Powerful entry methods, including a custom entry method that allows it to program complex shapes
  • Custom feeds and speeds to enhance productivity and generate safe motion
  • Flexible retract options to keep the tool down in smaller parts and supports rapid retracts on larger parts

Superior 3D Finish

Mastercam's 3D surface toolpath refinement lets you achieve dramatically superior finishes on complex parts. This new utility gives you greater control over the toolpath finish motion, delivering smoother finishes and more optimized cycle times than conventional methods allow.

Multiaxis Improvements

  • Drill 5-axis and Curve 5-axis dialogs are tree-style, stepping programmers through programming choices
  • Circle Mill 5-axis is a new multiaxis toolpath. This toolpath creates circular pockets normal to a surface for inserting fasteners and similar features. It can also generate round holes where drilling is not desirable.
  • The new Minimum Tilt option lets you control tool motion when the tool or holder encounters a potential collision with a selected surface.

Multi-Threading

A highlight of Mastercam X4 is multi-threading. This gives you the power to segment complex tasks in a multi-core computer, delivering faster processing as well as letting users continue to work while toolpaths are processed in the background.

Mastercam X Mill
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CAD
Complete customizability
Create and dimension live wireframe geometry
Read/write IGES, DXF, SAT, Parasolid, EPS
Read native Autocad, SolidWorks, Solid Edge
Read native CATIA, Pro/E files, Unigraphics (UG NX)
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Live surface modeling
CAD File Change Recognition
Solid modeling
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CAM
Fully associative toolpaths
Dynamic Milling
Automated Feed Rate Optimization
Feature Based Machining
Contouring, pocketing, and drilling
2D High Speed Machining
3D contour cutting, trimming, and remachining
On-screen toolpath verification
Safety zones for all toolpaths
Machine and control definition
Engraving
Raster to Vector image conversion
Single and limited multisurface roughing
Single and limited multisurface finishing
Full multisurface and solid roughing
Full multisurface and solid finishing
Full multisurface and solid "cleanup" machining
Full multisurface and solid High Speed Machining
5-axis drilling and curve machining
optional
optional
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Full 4-and 5-axis machining
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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