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Mastercam has released the Multiaxis add-on for Mastercam Mill 3D, Router 3D, Mill-Turn, and Mastercam for Solidworks.

Mastercam Multiaxis offers simultaneous four and five axis machining capability, with a broad range of multiaxis machining strategies, basic and advanced. These toolpaths are also useful for advanced control of three axis machines.

The new Multiaxis Unified toolpath enables users to select multiple pieces of input geometry to generate the toolpath pattern. Using those geometry choices, the toolpath picks the best algorithm to calculate the path. This single toolpath gives access to all the surface-based toolpaths, as well as the geodesic toolpath options, in a single interface.

New deburr toolpath enhancements include a new option, Number of cuts along edges, which allows users to add multiple cuts to the deburr toolpath, rounding or flattening edges, to create a quality edge on deburred parts. Additionally, the new Tilt Range options allow users to limit tilt when machining type is set to five axis (simultaneous) or 3+2 axis.

Additional enhancements to Mastercam Multiaxis include:

  • maintaining a single tool axis orientation with accelerated finishing tools, providing optimal tool axis control to minimize or eliminate extra multiaxis movement;
  • the new Point tool to rotary axis option allows the user to rotate a toolpath around an offset point instead of the toolpath being fixed to the axis itself, which means a better tool contact point;
  • the new automatic arc lead-in type creates automatic arcs in locations where it can be difficult to determine the correct arc to fit, and makes it easier to add arcs to linking moves;
  • new Apply filtering for conversion generates a more efficient toolpath by filtering incoming toolpaths to reduce size and noise.

More information on Mastercam Multiaxis machining is available here.

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