Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition (HLE) is free CAD/CAM software for demo and educational purposes. It is a trial version of Mastercam that can be used to learn at home.
Whether you are an industry professional, student, or teacher, if you are looking for a way to get more familiar with CAD/CAM software, Demo/HLE delivers the full suite of Mastercam with few restrictions.
- Demo/HLE does everything but post G-code.
- Files are saved in EMCX format (not compatible with industrial versions of Mastercam).
- Multiaxis is included, but most Add-Ons are not included or supported.
- Post processors and Mill-Turn are not included or supported.
Mastercam Demo/HLE can be used to create geometry and then program the geometry using Mastercam toolpaths. The results can be verified visually, but they cannot be exported to control a CNC machine tool.
- Stay up to date with the latest version of Mastercam.
- Full 3D CAD modeling.
- Context-sensitive help available from all dialog boxes.
- Robust 2D through Multiaxis cutting strategies.
- Explore Mastercam products including Mill, Lathe, and Router.
- Intelligent, stock-aware toolpaths.
- Complete tool library and custom tool support.
Get your free copy of Mastercam Demo/HLE today!
When a new version of Mastercam is released, simply uninstall your current Demo/HLE and request a download of the most recent software, so you can keep up with the latest features and functionality.
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Whether you want to see if Mastercam has the tools you need for your business or you want to practice Mastercam at your own pace and learn on your own time, Demo/HLE allows you to explore a comprehensive software package.
See the table below for minimum and recommended system configurations for Mastercam. These recommendations are based on systems we have in use at CNC Software for testing and evaluation purposes. Our recommendation is to get as much power (processor, video card, and memory) for your systems as you can afford.
|OS||Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 64-bit Professional Windows 10||Windows 10 64-bit Professional|
|Processor||Intel® or AMD 64-bit processor, 2.4 GHz or faster||Intel i7 or Xeon® E3, 3.2GHz or faster|
|Memory||8 GB||32 GB|
|Video||OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support with 1 GB memory. No onboard graphics.||NVIDIA Quadro® or AMD FirePro™ / Radeon Pro card with 4 GB (or higher) dedicated memory.|
|Monitor||1920 * 1080 resolution||1920 * 1080 resolution, dual monitors|
|Storage||Hard drive with at least 20 GB free USB and/or DVD drive (depending on installation media and licensing method)||Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least 20GB free|
|3D Mouse||3Dconnexion 3D mouse|
Connection to Internet and email is recommended for installation, support, and updates.
CNC Software continues to review the operating system (OS) requirements for Mastercam with a goal of providing the best possible user experience for our customers.
We recommend using Windows 10 64-bit Professional editions. While Mastercam may run on other Windows editions (such as Home Edition) or virtual environments (such as Parallels for Mac), it has not been tested on these configurations and is therefore not supported.
Mastercam X7 MU2 was the last release to support Windows 7 32-bit OS.
The processor speed will impact how fast the software will calculate and complete tasks. With each release, more and more aspects of Mastercam are becoming multi-core processor aware. Toolpath calculation and Simulation will generally run faster with a multi-core processor. We typically see a 50% reduction in toolpath calculation time with the latest Intel i7 or Xeon processors.
When Mastercam uses all available RAM, it switches to using virtual memory space, which is stored on the hard drive, and will dramatically slow the system down. We recommend a minimum of 8 GB memory. For large toolpath generation and simulation, we recommend 32 GB of RAM.
When purchasing a new computer for Mastercam, one of the most important component is the video card.
We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro®
or AMD FirePro™
/ Radeon Pro card with 4 GB or more of memory. Other graphics cards can be used, but they must offer full OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support. OpenCL is required for Mastercam to be able to hand off certain computation tasks to the graphics card to increase system performance.
We do not recommend or support the use of onboard graphics found with some PC configurations. These do not generally have the capability to drive graphics intensive applications such as Mastercam.
Make sure you are using up-to-date drivers from your card manufacturer. We often see issues that are resolved with updated video drivers. The driver version can have a great impact on how the card performs.
The latest drivers for
can be found at the online links. We recommend using the automatic detect feature to detect which video card is installed. More information on configuring the graphics card can be found at this
Mastercam knowledge base article.
The majority of our internal systems utilize dual monitors and we find this to be more productive. A second monitor allows applications such as Mastercam Simulator, Code Expert, Tool Manager and other applications to run on the secondary monitor while Mastercam utilizes the primary monitor.
The minimum recommended resolution for the primary display is 1920 * 1080 resolution typical of widescreen monitors available today. Mastercam will run on lower resolution screens but beware of potential sizing issues with larger dialog boxes and panels which may be awkward to work with. Lower resolution monitors may work fine as a second monitor in a dual screen setup.
Mastercam will run on large format displays, including 4K monitors and high-DPI devices however, we do some display issues with these configurations.
We have found that one of the best computer upgrades is to invest in a Solid State Drive (SSD). These drives are now priced at a point which makes them a good investment. Many of our test systems employ a smaller primary SSD for the OS and installed applications with a second large capacity conventional drive for data.
A 3D mouse improves the way you interact with your 3D application. It is designed to be used by your non-dominant hand in tandem with a standard mouse for a balanced and cooperative work style. You gently manipulate the 3D mouse’s controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate 3D content while your standard mouse is free to select menu items or parts of the model. Additional technical and purchase information can be found on the 3Dconnexion
Most computers today have some kind of anti-virus software to protect from unwanted malware. In some cases, these have been found to interfere with applications such as Mastercam which are running on the computer. CNC Software does not recommend specific anti-virus products, but if you see unexpected issues, it may be a conflict with anti-virus software. Try temporarily disabling the anti-virus software or setting an exception for Mastercam.
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