Software Includes Smart Hybrid Finishing

Mastercam X5 introduces new capabilities, including new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and more.

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Mastercam X5 introduces new capabilities, including new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and more. Hybrid finishing blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single tool path. This new tool path evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work, the company says.
 
The 3D surface high speed OptiRough tool path is a technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, delivering a fully roughed part fast.
 
The multi-axis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets the user choose the basic type of work using clear illustrations, and then gives a step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multi-axis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.
 
Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the tool path to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill helps ensure maximum tool efficiency during cleanup routines. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.