Play-Good Part1, Solidworks into Mastercam
The cadcamstuff.com on the side and the scaling is my work, but there is a purpose with this, felt this was a good opportunity to throw something about letters and engraving in the mix.
Solidworks into Mastercam: We are going to export our Solidworks file as a Parasolid(.X_B is binary where .X_T is text what results in bigger file sizes, you get the choice to choose when saving in Mastercam(Parasolid is by the way owned Siemens who are big competition to both Solidworks and Mastercam, funny))
Exporting as Parasolid has another advantage, believe it or not but Mastercam and Solidworks disagrees when it comes to views( Just can’t be easy), what is front in one is top in the other, and as a lot of combo Solidworks/Mastercam users, I do not have the Solid option in Mastercam (because I have Solidworks, duh!!) and therefor can not move the part itself, but luckily when exporting as a Parasolid file you can control this by setting a reference coordinate system in Solidworks. (We are later going to use “Work Coodinate System” in Mastercam to do the same)
Then when exporting the file we just need to make sure we choose the custom coordinate systems in the options tap when saving as Parasolid.
Now next step is just open our Parasolid file in Mastercam, and it is already placed the way we want it for 1st Operation.
1st. step is complete, next step is preparing the model for toolpaths but that is Part2, Stay tuned…..