Mastercam 2023 Public Beta Released for Global Testing

Tolland, US – Mastercam’s currently maintained customers can now participate in the Mastercam 2023 Public Beta Program. Manufacturers from small job shops to Fortune 100 companies throughout the world will have the opportunity to test-drive Mastercam 2023 before it is released, providing critical feedback that will help shape the final product. The Public Beta Program gives participants an early peek at hundreds of powerful new tools for jobs ranging from simple to complex.

Many of the enhancements in Mastercam 2023 are the result of direct feedback from Mastercam users and shops. The practical, shop-driven focus that helps ensure Mastercam users’ success is created through feedback from Public Beta releases, shop visits, customer surveys, and consultation with the company’s expert industry partners.

Multiaxis Toolpaths Consolidation

In Mastercam 2023, Morph, Parallel, Along Curve, and Project Curve are no longer individual toolpaths. Instead, the Unified toolpath allows access to these cut patterns when the user adds the appropriate curves. For example, to create a toolpath that morphs between two surfaces, select Unified from the Multiaxis toolpaths, and then set the Cut Pattern to two surfaces with the Morph style.

Toolpaths in files from previous releases are automatically converted to a Unified toolpath as follows:

  • Morph: Becomes the Unified toolpath with a Cut Pattern of two curves or surfaces with the Morph style.
  • Parallel (set to Curves or Surface): Becomes the Unified toolpath with a Cut Pattern of one curve or surface with the Parallel style.
  • Parallel (set to Angle): Becomes the Unified toolpath with a Cut Pattern of Plane with the style set to the appropriate plane.
  • Along Curve: Becomes the Unified toolpath with a Cut Pattern of Curve with the Perpendicular style.
  • Project Curve: Becomes the Unified toolpath with a Cut Pattern of Curve with the Project style.

Detecting Undercut Stock

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

New B-Axis Contour Turning Toolpath

Mastercam 2023 introduces a new toolpath to the Turning suite for the Mill-Turn product. B-Axis Contour Turning is a finishing toolpath that permits rotation of the B-axis while the tool is cutting. The toolpath features a top-down workflow and provides the user with either Automatic or Manual motion control. Automatic mode produces safe toolpath motion that keeps the insert in contact with the contour, whereas Manual mode offers full control over the B-axis angles along the contour.

These are just a few of the new features and improvements that Mastercam 2023 will provide.

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