Mastercam's CAD for CAM Design Software Adds More Functionality

Modeling tools include not only 3D surfacing and solids, but hole filling, direct editing without a solids history, geometry repair and much more.

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Mastercam - CNC Software, Inc. offers a suite of design tools aimed at getting parts on and off a machine as quickly as possible. Modeling tools include not only 3D surfacing and solids, but hole filling, direct editing without a solids history, geometry repair and much more. 

Mastercam Design streamlines and simplifies modeling and editing geometry. It also supports advanced geometry creation, including solid modeling, hybrid machining, NURBS curves and surfaces, 2D and 3D associative dimensioning, surface extension, blending, trimming, splitting, variable filleting, solid modeling, and hybrid modeling to complete jobs quicker and more efficiently.

Mastercam 2017 Design repairs imported solids (whole bodies or individual faces) by improving the accuracy of edges and by identifying and optimizing blends, allowing other Model Prep functions to work better. Toolpaths on the repaired solid maintain associativity to faces.

A Model Prep function is also included that takes a solid assembly and lays each body out in a single plane. It works on models with and without history, imported from other systems, or created from within Mastercam. The user interface has been improved to better support machining practices, allowing users to place each solid body on its own level at the toolpath origin.

The Surface From Solids function now includes a preprocess solid option that can help clean up errors in imported solids by assisting in the conversion of solid faces into surfaces. Mastercam makes a copy of the body, prepares it and then creates surfaces from this body. After the conversion, Mastercam deletes the preprocessed body, leaving the original intact.