3-axis Milling Postprocessor

October 18, 2016
3-axis Milling Postprocessor

CNC Software Inc., producers of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announced a 3-axis milling postprocessor that will unleash the highest productivity on Sinumerik-controlled machine tools. The new postprocessor was developed utilizing the technical expertise of Siemens CNC engineers.

This postprocessor includes support for Sinumerik 840D sl and 828D CNCs from Siemens and features:

  • CYCLE 832 support for high-speed settings
  • Drill cycles (CYCLES 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 840)
  • WORKPIECE output for graphical simulation
  • Tool call as tool name or tool number
  • TOFFR option
  • Siemens 3-axis application guide

“We’ve been collaborating with Siemens in this development for the release of Mastercam 2017, and are proud to announce the 3-axis milling postprocessor as the initial launch of strengthening our relationship for future posts that will benefit mutual customers,” said Pedro Sanchez Jr., post department manager of CNC Software.

It is cooperation like this that provides Mastercam users the opportunity to truly complement their CAM investment and give their shops the best chance at a more efficient manufacturing solution, from design to part.

Chris Pollack, east coast dealer and importer regional account manager, commented, “By educating Mastercam on the key advanced functions of the Sinumerik control, Mastercam has been able to create a postprocessor that provides the most value to our mutual customers. Siemens looks forward to continuing to help Mastercam create more advanced postprocessors in the future.”

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.