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Mastercam News With the release of Windows 8, we would like to take the time to send you an important reminder.

Your Cimquest Team recommends Windows 7 as a standard operating system for the foreseeable future and does not recommend Windows 8. Windows 8 is designed as a hybrid Operating System which can run Desktops, Tablets/Touchscreens and Windows Phones. As an operating system for desktops PC’s running CAD/CAM Software, Windows 8 does not give the performance enhancement that would warrant a recommendation. Windows 8 (64 bit) will only support Mastercam X7(coming release in the 1st quarter of 2013) and will not support running Mastercam X6 or earlier. Please note that as of Mastercam X7, Windows XP and Vista will no longer be supported to run Mastercam. You must have Windows 7 (or later) to run this release. If you have any questions, please contact Cimquest Support at support@cimquest-inc.com or (732) 699-0400 ext. 1. Thank you, Cimquest Mastercam Technical Support Team


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Mojo 3D Printing

Outsourcing a model can take days or weeks and can cost hundreds of dollars or more. Using an outside rapid prototyping facility leaves you open to delays if you are forced to wait behind large rapid prototyping projects and long production runs. Mojo however, is able to produce quick, inexpensive functional prototypes made of ABSplus plastic, allowing you to see any possible design flaws right away. With the Mojo 3D Printer right at your desk, making that small iteration to improve your concept model can be done in mere hours, taking weeks off of your design cycle.


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What’s New In Mastercam - Lathe Enhancements Improved Cutoff/Pickoff Operations Mastercam X6 Lathe includes improvements to the cutoff and pickoff operations. Choose Toolpaths>> Misc Ops, >> Pickoff/Pull/Cutoff. To access this function. Note: You must have an updated post processor to use this function. Please contact your Cimquest Support for more information.

Use this dialog box to translate geometry and create a part transfer operation from the main spindle to the sub spindle and/or a bar pull operation prior to a cutoff toolpath. You can choose to just create the geometry without creating any operation, or you can create the geometry and the following types of operations: 

Pickoff, Bar pull, Cutoff

Pickoff, Cutoff

Pickoff

Bar pull

The following conditions must be met to use this function: 

The red Insert Arrow must be in a Lathe machine group.

The machine group must have stock defined in a fixed spindle, or both spindles, and the chuck jaws defined for both spindles. If both spindles can move in Z, the spindle not containing stock will be assumed to be the pickoff spindle. If both spindles contain stock in this case, the right spindle is assumed to be the pickoff spindle.

A cutoff operation must exist in the currently active operation library.

For more details on using this function, please click the Mastercam Help button at the bottom of the dialog box. Contact support@cimquest-inc.com for help or questions about this function


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Upcoming Events Cimquest New England 2D High Speed Toolpaths (HST) - Basic Overview of HST. This will cover 2D HST showing you a step by step orientation of the feature in Mastercam. Date & Time

Place

November 20, 2012 9am-11am Cimquest - Sterling, MA

3D High Speed Toolpaths (HST) - Basic Overview of HST. This will cover 3D HST showing you a step by step orientation of the feature in Mastercam. Date & Time

Place

December 20, 2012 9am-11am Cimquest - Sterling, MA

Feature Based Machining - FBM & FBD - Basic Overview of how to use FBM & FBD to assist in your machining process, this will cover set up and a step by step orientation of the feature in Mastercam. Date & Time

Place

TBD

Cimquest - Sterling, MA


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Upcoming Events Cimquest New England Mastercam Setup Sheet - Basic introduction into Mastercam's new set up sheet and active reports. Date & Time

Place

TBD

Cimquest - Sterling, MA

Understanding Machine & Control Definitions - Basic understanding of how Machine and Control Definitions' interact with Post processors Date & Time

Place

October 31, 2012 1pm-3pm

Windsor Locks, CT

Work Coordinate System (WCS) Basic Overview of how WCS's work and how to create, name and save them. Date & Time

Place

January 16, 2012 9am-11am

Cimquest - Sterling, MA

January 30, 2012 1pm-3pm

Windsor Locks, CT


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Mastercam Tech Tip—Importing A Cimco Backplot DXF file Exporting G code as geometry from Cimco Sometimes we have G Code programs that don’t have CAD models. Cimco Editor Professional can import the Backplot geometry into Mastercam as a DXF file giving you a great start in modeling your file. Simply open an NC file in CIMCO

Once the posted NC file is open in the editor. Click Backplot Window to display the tool motion. Click the indicated icon to save the motion as geometry. Specify the save location… Open the new geometry file.


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Upcoming Mastercam Training Mastercam Basic Mill - November 5-7, 2012 @Cimquest MA Design, interface & configuration. project setup, 2D Toolpaths & NC output. Mastercam Intermediate Mill - November 12 & 13, 2012 @Cimquest MA 2D HST, 3D Geometry, Workplanes, Fixture Offsets & 4-Axis Indexing Mastercam Advanced Lathe - November 15 & 16, 2012 @ Cimquest MA Advanced turning applications including C-Axis and Mill-Turn

Upcoming Mastercam Tech Days November 7, 2012 @ Cimquest Sterling MA - Session 1 - 9am-12noon November 7, 2012 @ Cimquest Sterling MA - Session 2 - 1pm-4pm November 28, 2012 @ Windsor Lock, CT - Session - 9am-12noon


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