Mastercam: Wide-open, Five-axis Programming

Mastercam X6 invigorates Turbocam’s proprietary five-axis CNC program development.


Turbocam Inc. has been cutting sophisticated turbine and impeller blade geometries on multi-axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) mills for more than 25 years. Over the years, its team has developed many specialized software modules to execute dozens upon dozens of specialized operations and toolpaths associated with this complex work. By 2007, this software, which had captured and encapsulated two decades of specialized manufacturing experience into a programming environment, became both a significant competitive advantage and a valuable corporate asset.

Software engineer Gary Longstreet, left, and Nick Dean, a mechanical engineer, collaborate on the ongoing development of Turbocam s proprietary CAM capabilities within the Mastercam X6 environment.


But Turbocam’s software development also reached a significant fork in the road. Its software infrastructure, based on a now-unsupported CAM platform, script-based coding and UNIX-based hardware and software, was becoming old and expensive to maintain. Support of the company’s current CAM software development and utilization environment was unsustainable.

“We were convinced that taking our proprietary software and transitioning it into a modern CAM programming environment was mission critical,” said Rob Bujeaud, Turbocam’s vice president of engineering. “We chose Mastercam as the back end for this major step forward because it is a solid and well-supported program that gives us the tools needed to get deep into the program and do whatever we want to do, exactly the way we want to do it. The primary thing for us was Mastercam’s openness.”

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Software engineer Gary Longstreet, left, and Nick Dean, a mechanical engineer, collaborate on the ongoing development of Turbocam s proprietary CAM capabilities within the Mastercam X6 environment.






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