Lathe Toolpaths in Mastercam® X7 for SOLIDWORKS®

Mastercam X7 for SOLIDWORKS introduces many of Mastercam’s Lathe toolpaths to Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS – including the application of our Dynamic Motion to rough turning.

Some of these toolpaths include:

Dynamic Motion Roughing – The Lathe Dynamic Rough toolpath is designed for hard materials cut with button inserts. The dynamic motion allows the toolpath to cut gradually, remain engaged in the material more effectively, and use more of the surface of your insert. This extends tool life and increases cutting speed.

Rough, Canned Rough, and Canned Pattern Repeat – Rough toolpaths quickly remove large amounts of stock in preparation for a finish pass. Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS includes several types of roughing toolpaths, such as standard rough toolpaths (lets you access all of Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS’ roughing options), canned rough toolpaths, and canned pattern repeat toolpaths.

Finish and Canned Finish – Finish toolpaths have the tool follow the contour of chained geometry. Canned finish toolpaths create a finish pass, which is based on your machine tool control’s canned cycles, to finish a canned rough or pattern repeat toolpath.

Groove and Canned Groove –Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS can machine many types of grooves based on the location of just a corner point or points; this lets you create groove toolpaths without having to create or chain geometry.

Thread – Gives you options to create spiral shapes on a part to make a screw, bolt, or nut. You can program straight or tapered threads on the outside, inside, or face of a part. You can automatically program multiple lead threads.

Facing – Prepares the face of your part for further machining. Once the face is clean, you can use it to set tools or determine tool offsets. You do not need to chain geometry; instead you use selected points or the stock model to specify how much stock
to leave.

Cutoff – Vertically cut off pieces of the part, such as sections of bar stock. You do not need to chain geometry; instead you select the point where the part is cut off.

Plunge/Turn – Designed for special plunge turn tools only—specifically, the ISCAR plunge and turn inserts. The toolpaths add lateral movement to groove-style toolpaths.

Drill/Tap – Drill into the face of the part along the centerline. You do not need to have any geometry or drill points in the graphics window to create a drill toolpath. Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS creates the toolpath entirely from parameters which
you specify.

Point – For the times you need to position the tool at a specific point or have it follow a series of points to avoid a fixture or clamp, or to get the tool into or out of a tight area or awkward shape. They let you place points around the part geometry that define where you want the tool to move.

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