Mastercam at IWF 2010
IWF 2010, held August 25 – 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA is right around the corner. There are over 900 exhibiting companies from raw materials, to woodworking and processing machinery, to hardware, supplies, and finishing materials. If you are in the area, stop by and visit the Mastercam corporate booth (# 5135) and say hello.
Attendees at IWF will be privileged with a sneak peak at what is new in Mastercam X5. A few new features in Mastercam X5 Router include:
- Block Drill Support in FBM Drill – To minimize tool change time, FBM Drill recognizes block drill units that are configured in the active Router machine definition. FBM Drill can assign block drill tools and generate block drilling toolpaths.
- Automatic Toolpathing (ATP) Enhancements – You no longer have to be in Router to run ATP. It also supports 20-20 worklists and files.
- Importing Solids into Nesting – Nesting now supports solid operations.
Also to be unveiled at IWF this year is Mastercam’s partnership with 20-20 Technologies, a leader in kitchen cabinet design. Partnering Mastercam with 20-20 Technologies will make kitchen designing easier than ever before. You can now design in 20-20 Design or 20-20 CAD and output the correct information to Mastercam to automate the toolpath, nest your parts, and post out the code. Here is how it works:
- Create your drawings in 20-20 Design.
- The products in these drawings are imported into the manufacturing software ShopWare Product Planner. The Product Planner manages all parts, materials, and reports, and releases the parts to DrillMate, which creates DXF files and your worklist. And, because all of these steps are parametrically connected, the process is seamless.
- The DXF files are fed into Mastercam ATP, which generates the toolpaths, nests the parts, and generates the code for your specific machine.
Visit the 20-20 Technologies booth at IWF (#4535) to see a demonstration of how Mastercam and 20-20 can make your work easier than ever before.
At every tradeshow we exhibit at, we always try to demonstrate Mastercam in ways that attendees can see the capabilities of the software. This year at IWF, we’re looking back, way back. A member of our Corporate Sales team has created, toolpathed, cut and assembled a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Pteradon skeleton, all using Mastercam and a small CNC Router in his garage at his home. We will be demonstrating the entire process from start to finish, as well as have the part files on hand, which will allow you to see the nested parts. Large hobby models like these are great nesting tests as we let the software puzzle the pieces together for maximum efficiency, using the least material possible.