The world of computer-aided design and manufacturing is ever-changing, and staying ahead requires constant updates and enhancements. This is particularly true for software like Mastercam, which plays a crucial role in many industrial applications. With its 2024 release, Mastercam has elevated its Machine Group Setup (MGS) capabilities, offering users enhanced features that promise a smoother and more efficient workflow. This blog will dive into these new functionalities and explore how they can benefit your operations.
Why the Changes are Necessary
As manufacturing processes become increasingly sophisticated, the demand for advanced stock selection and manipulation tools grows as well. The updates in Mastercam 2024 aim to address these demands, offering new and intuitive ways to interact with machine groups and stock setups.
Detailed Look at New Features
New Stock Selection Methods
Three new methods for stock selection have been introduced:
Add from Two Corners: This method allows for the precise selection of stock by specifying the opposite corners.
Add Rectangular Stock: Easily add stock by entering its dimensions—length, width, and height.
Add Cylindrical Stock: Ideal for circular stock shapes, simply enter the diameter and height.
MGS Stock now includes a Push-Pull feature, enabling users to modify the size and shape of their stock by dragging and dropping the boundaries. This is especially useful for fine-tuning your designs without starting from scratch.
Save/Load Toolpath Defaults List Enhancement
The new Save/Load Toolpath Defaults List feature enables better management of your toolpath defaults. Users can specify individual files and operations to load or save, making it more convenient to share these settings across projects or teams.
Specific Use-Case Examples
Utilise the new stock selection methods to speed up the initiation of your projects, particularly those with complex stock geometries.
Apply the Push-Pull functionality for quick adjustments to stock shapes, aiding in rapid prototyping or design iterations.
The Save/Load Toolpath Defaults List can streamline your workflow by ensuring that you or your team consistently uses optimal toolpath settings.
The Mastercam 2024 updates come with an array of enhancements designed to improve efficiency and flexibility in machine group and stock setups. From new stock selection methods to improved toolpath management, these features are built to enable a seamless manufacturing workflow.
Watch the Video for an In-Depth Guide
For those who prefer a visual guide, we’ve included a video detailing what’s new in the Machine Group Setup for Mastercam 2024: