2/6/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Mastercam 2017 Lathe Turning Software Offers Powerful Tool Paths

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From accepting and programming any CAD file to dynamic roughing and precision finishing, Mastercam 2017 Lathe offers a variety of techniques to turn all parts exactly as needed. The software features a "chip break" option, TNRC control, stock model enhancements, and much more.

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From accepting and programming any CAD file to dynamic roughing and precision finishing, Mastercam 2017 Lathe offers a variety of techniques to turn all parts exactly as needed. The software features a "chip break" option, TNRC control, stock model enhancements, and much more.

The align solid body function simplifies the process of aligning solid models for turning. You can define the center of the rotation for the part and select the appropriate geometry. Mastercam will then rotate to an isometric view where you can use the dynamic gnomon to adjust the origin.

A new option and dialog box has been added to the Lathe Rough and Lathe Contour Rough tool paths to establish when chip breaks occur. This is valuable when working with stringy materials such as aluminum or plastic, and allows you to set length and time conditions, retract, and dwell options.

The Tool Angle dialog box contains new options that were previously only available for Mill-Turn operations. These options tell Mastercam which quadrant you used to touch off your tool. If you are creating a toolpath and the tool’s control point is not where you want it, you can use these options to swap it.

Also available in the Mastercam 2017 Lathe is simplified process for selecting the tool plane, origin, and display mode in the Lathe operations; Axis Combination/Spindle Origin dialog box filters available tool planes, displaying only those planes with the correct orientation for the selected axis combination; and lathe stock model operations that allow an operator to manipulate the lathe stock boundary using ill operations. 

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