Mastercam X9 Preview 1 – Design and Model Prep

Thursday we announced the launch of the Mastercam X9 Public Beta. For those of you who haven’t taken X9 for a test drive (and you should!) we’ll be using the next several weeks to spotlight some of the things you’ll see in this latest release.

We’re starting off where a lot of shops begin: CAD designs. Below are just a few of the improvements you’ll see in Mastercam X9. Some are subtle, but all are useful.

Solid Disassembly – Now Mastercam can reorient and lay out all the bodies in an assembly on a single plane, ready for you to choose which you want to program. It works on models with and without history, imported from other systems, or created from within Mastercam.

Solid Position – Pick a face of a solid body and mate it to a face of another solid body with a click. The function allows you to redefine the base position of the body being moved, then also redefine the final position on the body it is moved to. You can move or copy your solid while positioning.

Model Prep Toolpath Associativity – Solids / toolpaths associativity fills a popular request – now when bodies are edited, only the toolpaths directly affected by the change in the solid body are marked dirty.

Bounding Box (Push/Pull Technology) – The newest interaction of the bounding box function in X9 takes advantage of our push/pull technology. This gives users hands-on access to adjust the size of the bounding box by pushing and pulling on one face at a time, which creates new named planes with options for origin location. You can also make incremental changes to the box or to control the actual overall size depending on their need at the time.

Dynamic Xform – Now you can switch between gnomon manipulation and geometry manipulation mode at any time. Being able to use your original geometry selection to switch back and forth speeds up your Xform workflow.

Temporary Midpoints –Mastercam can now draw temporary points at AutoCursor positions to define a vector and the midpoint of that vector. These temporary positions remain as long as the same function is active until it is used or replaced by other positions.

Preview for Xform Solids – When Xforming solids, you’ll now see the outlined edges of the entire solid rather than simply the bounding box. This method is more efficient, faster, and supports all entity types, including polygon meshes.

That’s just a quick look at a few of the CAD enhancements in X9. To experience the full suite for yourself, join in our Public Beta!

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