CAD/CAM software expands and consolidates multiaxis toolpaths
June 6, 2022 | 5:25 pm CDT

Mastercam 2023 from CNC Software LLC features the new Unified Multiaxis toolpath function that brings together Morph, Parallel, Along Curve, and Project Curve strategies into a single interface, delivering expanded and highly flexible cutter path creation. The Unified toolpath allows access to these cut patterns when you add the appropriate curves. 

Also new is the B-Axis Contour Turning Toolpath, which allows for rotation of the B-axis while the tool is cutting. The toolpath features a top-down workflow and provides either automatic or manual motion control. Automatic mode produces a safe toolpath motion that keeps the insert in contact with the contour. Manual mode offers full control over the B-axis angles along the contour.

The Dynamic OptiRough and Area Roughing toolpaths can now be aware of undercut stock conditions, resulting in improvement to the toolpath motion, including less air cutting.

The new Machine Group Setup function panel for Mill and Router machine groups. This panel encompasses features and functionality from the Machine Group properties dialog box, including new features. Machine Group Setup provides a clean, modern interface to define stock, material properties, work holding, tools, and simulation settings. Accessing all of the critical components of setting up a job, from stock to simulation, has never been easier or more organized.