Tolland, Conn.-based CNC Software Inc., developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the release of Mastercam 2020. The new release increases machining productivity and reduces overall production costs with new 2D through multiaxis milling automation features, CAD and model preparation improvements, improved machine configuration, 3D tooling, and more.
• CNC programming. The new software continues to increase productivity and programming efficiency, while reducing overall production costs, with a series of automated 2D through 5-axis toolpath improvements. The new 3D Blend toolpath delivers a smooth, precision surface finish, and provides stock and holder checking. 3D tooling has also seen many usability improvements such as 3D tool icons in tool lists, stop-on-contact functionality when mating insert to holder, and auto-populating compensation point when defining 3D tools.
• Job preparation and setup. It increases efficiency and reduces job setup time and the preparation needed for part machining and programming. This includes the ability to filter inserts and holders by attributes as well as the ability to track associativity. Chaining enhancements include faster, easier chaining for wireframe and solids, and chain display and behavior improvements.
• Validation. With improvements to toolpath and machine simulation, toolpath graphics, and other verification and analysis tools, Mastercam 2020 provides greater programming assurance and allows for better, more informed decisions before a job is run. These improvements include the go-to home position on tool plane change which moves the tool to a home position between operations when there is a plane change. Rotary axis positioning allows you to simulate and visualize multiaxis movement of the machine tool, while Skip Drill Cycle Pecking improves cycle time estimates.
• Partnership implementation. Mastercam has teamed up with some of the manufacturing industry’s top players, providing a wider variety of new software tools, shop-proven hardware, powerful learning tools, and much more. Save time, reduce errors, and gain access to the latest innovative partnerships offered through Mastercam.