Mastercam X6 Lathe Increases Productivity

Originally titled 'Software Increases Productivity'

Mastercam X6 Lathe delivers a suite of new features aimed at increasing productivity.

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Mastercam X6 Lathe delivers a suite of new features aimed at increasing productivity. From variable depth roughing and canned rough and finish improvements, to finish tool inspection and more, the software is designed to take on virtually any job.

With this software, users can vary the point that the tool insert contacts the surface to prevent notching and improve tool life. The depth can vary as much as 25 percent of the cut depth. In Variable Depth Roughing, the tool moves in at an angle on the first roughing pass, so the material contact point moves. Then the tool takes the second pass in a traditional horizontal cut, using the already angled remaining stock to again maintain variable contact. Repeat the process throughout the roughing cycle and the result is much longer insert life, according to Mastercam.

Mastercam X6 Lathe includes several improvements to canned rough and finish tool paths, including added clearance options in canned rough operation parameters to extend the chain for tool clearance; added parameters in the lead in/out dialog to shorten the start and end of the chain; canned finish operations now use the cutter comp options from the canned rough operation; support for Type 1 and Type 2 canned cycles; and added clearance value for canned finish.

Tool inspection is available in Finish tool paths. Users can establish points during operations where the machine can be programmed to a specific position and then stop to allow you to perform tool inspections. Users can set the conditions on which the tool inspections are performed, such as after a number of passes, after a specified cut length or a cut duration.