Mastercam Design

May 15, 2021
CAD for CAM Design Tools Provide Flexibility, Ease of Use

Mastercam is known for precision NC programming, but it also delivers a suite of shop-tested design tools aimed at getting parts on and off the machine as quickly as possible. Powerful modeling tools include not only 3D surfacing and solids, but hole-filling, direct editing without a solids history, geometry repair, and more.

Mastercam Design streamlines and simplifies modeling and editing geometry. It also supports advanced geometry creation, including solid and surface modeling, hybrid machining, NURBS curves and surfaces, 2D and 3D associative dimensioning, surface extension, blending, trimming, splitting, variable filleting, and hybrid modeling to complete your jobs quicker and more efficiently.

Solid Enhancements

Mastercam Design has the power to recognize hole geometry—including intersecting and non-conventional holes—in solid bodies with no history. Once Mastercam discovers these holes, you can use expanded options to save your custom holes to a template for future use. Users can use Mastercam’s Add History function to detect complex holes in solid bodies. Simply select Hole operations to find all holes within the range of minimum and maximum radius values that are entered. Mastercam creates an operation for each unique detected hole style.

Wireframe Enhancements

Modifying geometry by dragging your mouse is now available for Trim to Entities, Fillet Entities, and Chamfer Entities functions. As you drag the mouse, Mastercam performs the function on the wireframe entities your mouse encounters. Mastercam now also has the ability to incorporate DrillPt functionality into small arcs.

Note Enhancements Mastercam makes it easier to create text for notes and labels by adding many of the capabilities of the Create Letters function into the Note function. Note’s redesigned function panel gives users improved usability, more options, and increased control.

Other Mastercam Design Improvements:

  • Two new flowline functions, Edit UV and Reflow UV, can be used to analyze and modify the UV direction on surface models to more effectively utilize the flowline milling toolpaths.
  • Ability to mirror geometry about both the X and Y axes in one operation.
  • Draw a window to select multiple faces when you want to change the color of a set of solid faces.
  • And much more.

Related Glossary Terms

  • fillet


    Rounded corner or arc that blends together two intersecting curves or lines. In three dimensions, a fillet surface is a transition surface that blends together two surfaces.

  • 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.

  • nonuniform rational B-splines ( NURBS)

    nonuniform rational B-splines ( NURBS)

    Type of curve or surface for which the difference between successive knots (parameter values) need not be expressed in uniform increments of 1. See B-spline.

  • numerical control ( NC)

    numerical control ( NC)

    Any controlled equipment that allows an operator to program its movement by entering a series of coded numbers and symbols. See CNC, computer numerical control; DNC, direct numerical control.