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2016 30 under 30
For the fourth year in a row, Manufacturing Engineering magazine has recognized 30 individuals who are under 30 years of age, who are making a difference in manufacturing and STEM fields.

The magazine received over 100 nominations from all types of industries.  We are happy to announce that our own Graham Hargreaves, Marketing Manager at CNC Software, Inc., was named as one of the 30 Under 30!

One of the ways that Graham is making a difference in Manufacturing is helping to address and solve major issues that affect everyone in our industry…by bridging the skills gap. There are a lot of jobs in manufacturing that are empty and our company is focused on training young students and young adults and getting them interested in the world of manufacturing. Many people don’t look at manufacturing as a job option and Graham is working on ways to change that. Some ways Graham is helping the industry is by participating in National Manufacturing Day, assisting in programs such as Workshop for Warriors, and coming up with ways to attract young people to our industry.
If you are interested in reading more about Graham or other 30 Under 30 nominees, click here.

What's New-Expanded Solids and Model Prep

Easier, more flexible solids disassembly, powerful new solid model repair tools and quick fixture element creation are just a few of the new modeling options you'll see in Mastercam 2017.

Learn more! 

Manufacturing Lab Presents Aerospace Wing Rib

An Aerospace Wing Rib was recently cut in our lab, check out all the details in the video below. 


What's New- Multiaxis

Mastercam 2017 continues to build on its powerful multiaxis functionality. New advanced rotary control, streamlined workflow and powerful multiaxis drilling advances are a few of the new tools you'll see in this release. Want more details after watching the video? Join us on the What's New Mastercam page

Annual HTEC Conference

CNC Educators across North America will be meeting up in Auburn, Maine this week for the annual HTEC Americas: A CNC Educator Training Conference billed as “The Next Dynamic Decade: Making Complicated Easy.” From July 18 – 21 at Central Maine Community College, this is the 10th HTEC Americas Conference to date. CNC Software, Inc. will be on hand for multiple sessions throughout the week aimed at providing instructors with the tool they need to prepare their students for entering the workforce.

Monday, July 18:
Jesse Trinque will have two hands on training sessions in the morning and afternoon entitled “Making the Most Competitive Students in the Job Market: Integrating Mastercam Dynamic Motion and Probing on your Haas.” The most competitive job candidates are the ones who can cut parts in the fastest, most efficient way possible. Set your students up for success by arming them with the knowledge of how to use Mastercam Dynamic Motion and probing. Mastercam Dynamic Motion will make programming parts easier and cutting them will be faster, more efficient, and cause less wear and tear on the machine and cutting tool. Add even more efficiency by integrating Mastercam Probing to assist with part setup and inspection.
Wednesday, July 20:
Keith Butzgy will host a breakout session that highlights what’s new in Mastercam 2017. The next generation of Mastercam is here, and with is comes a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs. Keith will demonstrate a most streamlined workflow, improved usability, enhancements to out Dynamic Motion technology, and much more.  

We’ll have a second breakout on Wednesday where Chad Chmura will spotlight a turbo elbow project he’s been working on. A turbo elbow directs engine exhaust gas into a race car’s turbocharger. A customer approached Mastercam Applications Engineer, Chad Chmura, with a turbo elbow they had created by welding pieces of pipe together looking for a better way to make turbo elbows. Given this challenge, Chad jumped at the chance to create something that would fit all of the part’s design constraints including fitment and structural stability that would also be optimized in terms of airflow and appearance. Chad will walk you through the process he used to reverse engineer the part using Master3DGage and Verisurf, modeling the part in Mastercam using traditional and direct modeling with the Push/Pull functionality, Dynamic roughing, Port Expert, and Multiaxis finishing to ensure a completely finished part. Come see the results and the stunning improvement over the original welded part! ‘

There’s a lot going on in Maine this week, and we hope to see you at HTEC Americas!

What's New Video Overview


For the next several weeks we’ll be looking at some of the powerful tools in next generation of Mastercam. We’ll drill down into what the new functions are, how they operate, and why you’ll want to use them.
We’ll start with a look at some of the fundamental tools that you’ll use when setting up a job. Streamlined workflow, easier level and plane management, boosted graphics, and simplified design controls are just a few of the tools that Mastercam 2017 delivers.

For a detailed list of new features in the entire suite of products, see the What’s New in Mastercam 2017 page. 

Mastercam 2017 is Released!

The next generation of Mastercam is here, and with it comes a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs. You’ll enjoy a more streamlined workflow, improved usability, enhancements to our Dynamic Motion technology, and much more. We’ve listened to feedback through our Public Beta testing cycles, and are excited to bring to you the next installation of the world’s leading CAD/CAM Software. Here’s a glimpse of what Mastercam 2017 has to offer, and for more you can visit

Mastercam Hosts Our Largest SWUG Event Yet!

In an industry that has seen a lot of consolidation in the past few years, we’ve stayed true to our values and with that comes the recognition of the importance of partnerships, community building, and family. Since 2009, every June we’ve hosted a Connecticut SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting at our Corporate Headquarters in  Tolland, CT, and every year the attendance has grown.

Last night, June 16, 2016, we held yet another CONNSWUG meeting, and we had our biggest turnout yet with over 130 attendees!

This year was especially important, because SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi was in attendance and gave a spectacular presentation! Before the event, the SW team came in and met with our company officers for a meeting and discussed ways to strengthen our partnership moving forward. We’re excited for an enhanced collaboration moving forward.

During the event in the Mastercam Manufacturing Lab we were live cutting a brass ring that we gave away to all attendees, programmed in Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. We also had special CONNSWUG shirts made, and along with a delicious catered meal from CafeMantic (Willimantic, CT), we had multiple presentations from vendors, Mastercam, SOLIDWORKS, and SWUG members.

Thank you to all that joined us and we’ll see you next year!

Ford Returns to Le Mans Fifty Years later

Our partner Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance has developed and built the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine that will power the Ford GT ‘Super Car’ in this weekend’s Le Mans Race. It will be 50 years since Ford Motor Company achieved one of the most prestigious victories in endurance road racing history, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Four cars (No. 66, No. 67, No. 68 and No.69) will be competing against a field of 55 competitors. 

Earlier this year Mastercam was named the official CNC Software of Roush Yates Engines. Corporate wide, Roush Yates Engines has over 50 machines that are programmed with Mastercam products in their three facilities including Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, and Roush Yates Performance Engine Group in Mooresville, NC. These software products assist in machining engine components for the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 and the IMSA and WEC twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engines. Thousands of components are milled, drilled, and inspected to strict quality standards prior to engine assembly. We are excited to cheer on Roush Yates Engines and their accomplishments in their continuous innovation to excel at Le Mans. 

Haas Demo Days

On Tuesday June 14th join us at one of the many Haas Factory Outlets. In conjunction to USA Flag Day, Haas Factory Outlets will open their doors to users like you to demonstrate innovative ways to…
  • Reduce Set-up Time with Haas Wireless Intuitive Probe System (WIPS)
  • Monitor Machine Status, Track Alarms and Take Control of Your Process in Real-Time, with HaasConnect
  • Machine Complex Parts in a Single Set-up with affordable Multi-Tasking Machines from Haas, including the popular UMC-750 5-axis 
  • Universal Machining Center and DS-30 Dual Spindle Multi-Axis Turning Centers available with Y-axis
  • Reduce Cycle Times with Through Spindle Coolant
  • Reduce non-productive Time and Keep Your Shop Running Smoothly with Automatic Coolant Refill
Be sure to register for the event and join your Mastercam Reseller at a location near you.