Mastercam’s New Multiaxis User Interface

Beginning with Mastercam X5, all multiaxis toolpaths now share a common user interface (UI). This UI provides a consistent workflow no matter which multiaxis toolpath type you’re using. It was also designed with ease of use in mind.

You use the following process for all multiaxis toolpaths:

  • Select a Toolpath Type Group based on calculation.
  • Select a Toolpath Type available from each group.
  • Select a Tool.
  • Select a Holder.
  • Select a Cut Pattern to use.
  • Select a Tool Axis Control method.
  • Select a Collision Control method.
  • Select Linking options.
  • Select a Roughing method (if it’s a roughing operation).
  • Set any Additional Settings that are necessary.

There are six major Toolpath Type family groups:

  • Classic
  • Wireframe
  • Surface/Solid
  • Drill/Circle Mill
  • Convert to 5x
  • Custom App
The Classic Toolpath Type family group
The Surface/Solid Toolpath Type family group

The Toolpath Type dialog pages all have four major areas:

  1. Tree-style navigation
  2. Quick View Settings
  3. Parameter fields where you select geometry and functions
  4. Dynamic image area where the images update as you select different parameters. These images are designed to give you an instant visual of the option are selecting or editing.

You proceed through the branches of the tree structure until you’ve set all necessary parameters. The tree branches change based on what toolpath family and type you select. Also, the tree is laid out in a logical order (from top to bottom) for setting your parameters. Simply advance along the tree, choosing your options, to create your desired multiaxis toolpath.

Note: You can click on the Parameters icon in the Operations Manager to edit existing parameters, but you cannot change the toolpath type or family.

For more information on the new multiaxis UI, or for a tutorial on creating a new multiaxis toolpath in X5, please see the What’s New in Mastercam PDF file, which is available in the What’s New dialog box. Or go to Mastercam University for a new course on multiaxis machining.

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