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Router Solutions

When you invest in a CNC router, you want the right software driving it to maximize productivity and avoid downtime due to costly errors. Mastercam Router delivers the right tool exactly when you need it.

Anyone with a CNC router, from the home hobbyist to professional manufacturers, can appreciate the ease, speed, and reliability of Mastercam Router. The software delivers industry-proven NC programming for safe and efficient router machining of everything from wood to composite materials.

  • From CAD inception to part completion, Mastercam Router is designed as a comprehensive solution for manufacturing productivity.
  • Mastercam Router supports features that are unique to CNC routers, including toolpath and geometry nesting, block drill support, aggregate head support, saw cutting support, and full 2- through 5-axis cutting.

Many CAM packages for CNC routers are limited in scope, but with Mastercam, you have the flexibility to do more. From simple 2D programming to complex 5-axis machining, the world’s leading CAM Software helps get the best performance out of CNC routers.

  • Full 3D CAD modeling.
  • Versatility to program simple contours and nest them or set up Automatic Toolpathing (ATP).
  • Powerful
    Multiaxis
    tool motion.
  • Complete tool library and custom tool support.
  • Specialized options like
    Art
    and
    5-Axis Curve Machining and Drilling.
  • Toolpath creation, verification, and simulation for any CNC router.
  • Feature-rich product allows shops to diversify as needed to remain competitive.

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Features


Router Simulation

Machine Simulation

Detect collisions between your stock, tool, and machine components before sending code to your machine tool. Machine Simulation is a safe way to prove out 3-axis, 4-axis, or 5-axis Router toolpaths to make clean, efficient, and accurate programs.

Wood Nest Router

Nesting options

Standard nesting delivers a fast, efficient, and easily identifiable way of nesting. Advanced nesting gives you a variety of additional tools, including TrueShape nesting and nesting in scrap material.

Wood Carve Mill

Engraving

You can create signs, artistic carvings, molds, and more.


Dynamic Motion™

Extend tool life with proprietary toolpath strategies that maximize material removal rate and reduce cycle times.


Control

Easily regulate tabs, webs, and cutting specifics for efficient flat panel cutting.


ATP

Links you to a variety of top design software to read in entire projects and have them program automatically using presets that you choose.


Solids Disassembly

Automatically take apart your assemblies and move the components to different levels based on part thickness.


Feature Based Machining

Evaluates a part’s features and automatically designs an effective machining strategy.


Speed

From direct editing of your solid models to advanced free form surfacing capabilities in Model Prep, Mastercam takes you from an idea to a completed part faster and more efficiently.

System Requirements


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.

 MinimumRecommended
OSWindows 7, 8.1 or 10 64-bit Professional Windows 10Windows 10 64-bit Professional
ProcessorIntel® or AMD 64-bit processor, 2.4 GHz or fasterIntel i7 or Xeon® E3, 3.2GHz or faster
Memory8 GB32 GB
VideoOpenGL 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.
Monitor1920 * 1080 resolution1920 * 1080 resolution, dual monitors
StorageHard 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.


OPERATING SYSTEMS

CNC Software, Inc. 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.

PROCESSOR

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.

MEMORY

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 8GB memory. For large toolpath generation and simulation, we recommend 32 GB of RAM.

VIDEO

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 NVIDIA and AMD 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.

MONITOR

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.

STORAGE

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.

3D MOUSE

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 website.

ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE

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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Mastercam Community


When you choose the world’s most widely used CAM, you gain benefits beyond the technology driving our software. Our global community of Mastercam users, experts, educators, and enthusiasts helps you get the most from your investment.

Please contact a local Mastercam Reseller for additional information and expert advice about products and services to meet your exact needs.