"Whats New" in MastercamX3 (Part 1)
I am going to cover this over 4 sections (Part1 – 4) I will cover what I consider “The good” stuff for Mastercam Mill Level3 and Wire.
Part2=FBM Milling and Drilling (This is what Mastercam want to put directly into Solidworks interface)
Part3=2D High Speed (This is what Mastercam want to put directly into Solidworks interface) Part4=WEDM
So just like the “Whats New” documentation coming with MastercamX3 we are going to start with Solidworks.
You can now finally import the Solidworks tree and actually use it, there is only one catch……. you need to have Solidworks installed on your system and be current on version. Go => File Open => Select File Type => .SLDPRT => Before clicking the “Green Check Mark” click Options => check “Import Solidworks History”
“Xform move to Origin” This is one of these feature that sounds like it comes right out of a beta-tester request “Big appluse” it will save me some mouse clicks. The feature is pretty self explanatory when you know it is there. And off course like most MastercamX features it is in 2 places.
You can now in the configuration turn 3D Connection product on or off, I have no idea why you want to turn it off, but someone must have been loud enough about it, seems a little silly to put something like that in a somewhat “short” “whats new” pdf. By the way 3D Connection is something I would like to blog about at a later point. Conclusion of (Part 1) Well I personally do not pay the maintain fee, but I am the person who am somewhat hold responsible from our company, and I am not sure how I feel about this. A little disappointed? I think so, you go a whole year and this is what you get, well maybe it is what you get, but it doesn’t seem right. I know I left some things out, I do not have the “Mastercam Solid Option” so I am not going to beat to much on that subject. I know from www.emastercam.com that the Lathe people really felt left out, and supposedly has been feeling that for awhile. From the pdf file it looks like “art” got some new stuff, but reading through “whats New” I would expect CNC Software to do better.
Hang on for Part 2 on “Whats New”in MastercamX3