Mastercam 2024 - Released June 2023

Mastercam 2024 is here and we know you and your shops are busier than ever. Instead of a traditional release event, QTE has created this page as your go-to for the new Mastercam 2024 updates. Visit What's New in Mastercam 2024 for a more in-depth presentation of the latest improvements. 


Current Mastercam users can click here to download the latest version.

Mastercam 2024 What's New Highlights

B Axis Contour Enhancements

Three major enhancements have been added to the B-Axis Contour Turning operation: Ability to manually edit tool axis vectors, manually edit usable insert area, and adjust stock function. This allows for much more in-process control and understanding of the motion of the B-axis head from within the toolpath interface.   

 

Process Hole Improvements

The Process Hole toolpath applies previously defined processes to a part’s solid hole features, which consists of one or more holemaking operations built in an operations library. The ability to import applicable processes into the working part file will save time and money while maintaining consistency with your processes. 

 

Waterline Toolpaths - Detect Undercuts and Partial Cuts

Introduced in Mastercam 2023 for Dynamic OptiRough and Area Roughing (3D), waterline toolpaths are now aware of undercut stock conditions, which results in improvement to the toolpath motion and less air cutting. This option has been renamed from Detect undercut stock to Detect break through stock. 

 

Turret Mounted Angled Milling Heads

Users can now use turret-mounted angled milling heads in Mill-Turn operations. This lets you create toolpaths on angled planes using turret-mounted tools. Enjoy enhanced productivity and ease of use for both milling and turning operations within the Mill-Turn product.  

Machine Group Setup Stock Updates

Three new easier, more intuitive selection methods have been added, including Add from two corner, Add rectangular stock, and Add cylindrical stock. Stock definition is the first thing a user must do, and these new stock definition methods simplify and speed up the process while creating a better user experience

Dynamic Motion – Maximize Engagement

The Dynamic Mill, Face, and Dynamic OptiRough toolpaths now include a new Maximize engagement option on the Cut Parameters page. When selected, it produces more nominal chips, minimizes the number of small chips, and helps prevent problematic stand-alone material slivers. Additionally, Mastercam moves towards the entered Stepover as quickly as possible. This helps extend tool life, reduces vibration, optimizes heat generation, promotes healthy chip evacuation, and reduces overall machine wear. 

Waterline – Detect Undercuts, Add Partial Cuts

ntroduced in Mastercam 2023 for Dynamic OptiRough and Area Roughing (3D), waterline toolpaths are now aware of undercut stock conditions, which results in improvement to the toolpath motion and less air cutting. This option has been renamed from Detect undercut stock to Detect stock break through. 

Save/Load Toolpath Defaults List

This enhancement to saving and loading defaults allows a user to specify individual files and operations to load from/ save to. The user can quickly switch between different default sets for different toolpath goals or transfer operational data from file to file. This delivers time savings, an enhanced user experience, and drastically improved functionality, flexibility, and overall usefulness.

Gview Cube – New On-Screen Gnomon

Mastercam’s traditional on-screen gnomon has been augmented with the new Gview cube, which is a more graphical way to show plane orientation. With many interactive features, the optional Gview cube is relative to the WCS by default and features many options that allow the user to control the cube and on-screen representation of the part.

Solid Hole Enhancements

New solid hole enhancements include matching edge treatments for top and bottom edges, changing the direction of existing through holes, and creating new solid operations from a single existing hole operation. This represents more flexibility, fewer clicks, and time savings when creating geometry for holemaking operations.


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