A very big update has been put out for Mastercam 2023. It's now time to update!
There is some new workflow in Mastercam 2023. I suggest you watch this video before you upgrade.
I can't believe I didn't know this Mastercam shortcut!
Here's an overview of our new UMC 5x Setup and Operate Lesson. Oh, it's also FREE!
Teachers, you've got dozens of programs to review. Here's how to get through them faster!
I have a special set of skills I've acquired over a long career that make me a nightmare for cheaters. If you cheat, I will find you!
A Quick Reference Card for Mastercam that you can edit and customize!
Everything you ever wanted to know about Tabs in Mastercam, and more!
With Windows 11 now available, how is Mastercam in this new Operating System?
Oscillate is most commonly used in the 2D Contour toolpath, did you know there are other toolpaths also capable of this motion?
What do dogs and golf have to do with machining? Knowing could prevent a crash!
Often when using OptiRest, tool motion happens where you don't want. Let's look at controlling this toolpath.
Using Mastercams OptiRough Toolpath with a Stock Model to create the best roughing motion for this part.
The defined stock in Mastecam Mill can play a couple different roles in your programming. Lets have a look the two different stock definition methods and why you would use one or the other.
First up for the Xometry Test Part is importing the supplied solid model and then aligning it to the Top WCS .
Programming the Xometry CNC Mill Test Part, start to finish, in this video series. This first video provides an overview of the starting files.
Let's talk about what's new in Mastercam 2022!
Just because there isn't a button that performs what you need, this doesn't mean it cannot be done in Mastercam.
Ever encounter these two cutting conditions that lead to a tool breaking? Here's how to recognize what causes them and how to avoid them altogether.
You won't find this keyboard shortcut in the manual! You might not even know the function it controls!
What is the fastest, what is the best bang for your buck?
Join us on Thursday, February 4th for a camInstructor first...The BIG Event!
A super simple Mastercam Tip and some info on the BIG Event!
Here's a file to explore some functions in Mastercam to help you solve the Rubix Cube!
Finishing the side pockets of this project with more Mastercam MultiAxis Toolpaths.
Undercut features can be very difficult to toolpath, Mastercam MultiAxis toolpaths make it easy.
Finishing starts with Mastercams Flow 5 Axis, MultiAxis Parallel, and MultiAxis Morph!
Expert Level Mastercam OptiRough Tips from Ron Branch on Day 1 of 'RON WEEK'!
Introducing Team camInstructor! Lets put a face behind some of the names!
You won't find him posting on Instagram, FaceBook, or YouTube...listen in on this chat!
'We should have fewer people doing law and finance...and more people making stuff' - Elon Musk #MFGDay20
These 15 little icons can save you hours of work in Mastercam...
The Selection Bar is used to select entities in Mastercam for use in different functions. Let's look at how to use this effectively.
G-Code in a can! Lets look at how to use Mastercams Lathe Turning Canned Cycles.
Did you know we also have SolidWorks Training Content? Books, Videos, Courseware, etc.
Part 2 of building a virtual Haas VF-3 with an HRT-210 for Machine Simulation in Mastercam.
Let's look at building a virtual Haas VF-3 with an HRT-210 for Machine Simulation.
New to Mastercam and looking to buy a computer? All your questions answered here.
Here's what we've been working on this year from Rocket Powered Tesla CyberTrucks to updated Mastercam 2021 content to experimenting with the PocketNC!
3D Printing fans are looking everywhere for cheap CAD software to model their prints, is Mastercam HLE an option?
The Module Works End User Help file is your best friend when doing Multi Axis work in Mastercam, do you have it yet? Links to download in the post!
Continuing our look at some of the new features in Mastercam 2021, some are a real drag!
New for Mastercam 2021, Output Feed Move and Arc Fit found on the Linking Parameters page.
Inspired by a recent Haas Tip of the Day, here I look at how to fix your 'incorrect feedrates' in Mastercam.
Making a program that will face ANY size block using Macro B. This was taken from one of our YouTube Live Streams.
The often forgotten function in Mastercam, VBScripts! They are the easiest way to automate Mastercam. This was taken from one of our YouTube Live Streams.
Talking G-Code editors in Mastercam and why you would choose one over the other. This is taken from our most recent YouTube Live Stream.
Here is a recording of our first YouTube LIVE event. Thanks to everyone who joined and participated!
Programming a CNC Mill as a CNC Lathe in Mastercam!
Start programming those MANUAL mills and lathes with Mastercam using this Post Processor from camInstructor and Postability!
Tools you can use to create online content, share your created content, and connect with students/colleagues.
Given the changes that are happening now, many are struggling with options for e-learning. Here are some of the FREE and DISCOUNTED offers we currently have.
Ever wondered about the magic that happens in Mastercams Dynamic Motion toolpaths?
Here are the tools you need to buy when first starting out as a CNC or Manual Machinist.
Have a look at the best new features in the Mastercam 2021 Public Beta and my top pick that you may have missed!
Programming with Mastercam to cut a complex helical shaped part.
You use your phone for everything else, why not use it as a G-Code editer and backplotter!
Finishing off the Tesla Cybertruck with 4 videos on solid modeling in Mastercam. Check out the end of the last video for a special peak at whats coming!
Finally, after many requests, lets get started with the step by step for creating the Tesla Cybertruck in Mastercam! It's about time!
Have a look at this super secret screen in the Haas Control! In this video I'll show you how to access it and what it does!
Finally! The first post of 2020. Not going to spend time looking back at 2019, just looking ahead at whats planned so far for 2020 from CamInstructor. Some double double top secret info in here....shhh!
The often forgotten toolpaths in Mastercam, Wireframe Toolpaths. These paths are able to cut 3D forms very quickly with extremely clean gcode. Another 'tool' you need to have in your programming pocket.
Modeling up the new Tesla Cybertruck in Mastercam! This ground breaking (window breaking too) new design is awesome, just couldn't resist playing around with it!
With our CamInstructor Certification for Mastercam, I end up marking a lot of tests in Mastercam. This is by far the most common 'mistake' I see on these tests.
Taken from one of our new 5 Axis Lessons, this video takes you through the sights and sounds of a simple setup on a Haas UMC-750 using a 5th Axis dovetail vise. Keep an eye out for a complete step by step lesson that covers setting this part up on the machine.
Here is an introduction to one of our new Mastercam 5-Axis Lessons. There is also a link to access this lesson for FREE!
A quick overview of my top 4 machining related podcasts right now. Beware, some may have strong language use....you've been warned :)
I spent the day at CMTS and took some video of some interesting stuff. Check it out!
Quite possibly the least known shortcut in Mastercam that can really help you get things done faster!
Talking about Tool Length Offsets and how they are set on a CNC Mill. There are many methods to choose from. This video covers the 3 most common methods and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Video 2 in our Macro B Programming series. This video looks at passing values to a macro that control the resulting tool motion.
This video is taken from an Ask the Instructor email submission and looks at the Tooplath Control options in some of the 3D toolpaths. Ask the Instructor is available to all Premium bundle subscribers.
This video looks at some things you can do inside of Mastercam, as well as external to Mastercam, to help speed up your overall workflow!
This video is video 1 of a 9 part series describing the Dynamic Mill Tool Engagement & Stepover. You can get access to the remaining videos by signing up for the free course.
This video takes a look at the new Mastercam 2020 and compares it to an older version, Mastercam X9. Mastercam X9 is still a popular release since it was the last version on the old interface. This video looks at some of the new chaining options in 2020 and compares them against X9.
This video takes a look at the new Mastercam 2020 and compares it to an older version, Mastercam X3. Mastercam X3 was released in 2008 so it's not a fair comparison but a fun look at how far things have come in the last 11 years.
This is video four of five on chaining in Mastercams Highspeed Dynamic Toolpaths. This is taken from our online Highspeed Toolpath course which covers all aspects of the 2D Highspeed Toolpaths.
This is video explains Chip Thinning (RCTF) and Iscars HEM found in Mastercams Dynamic toolpaths.
This video runs through the programming of a 5 axis impeller in 5 minutes...the 5 minute, 5 axis, impeller challenge!
This is video three of five on chaining in Mastercams Highspeed Dynamic Toolpaths. This is taken from our online Highspeed Toolpath course which covers all aspects of the 2D Highspeed Toolpaths.
This is video two of five on chaining in Mastercams Highspeed Dynamic Toolpaths. This is taken from our online Highspeed Toolpath course which covers all aspects of the 2D Highspeed Toolpaths.
This is video one in a series of videos covering the chaining options and strategies used in the 2D Highspeed toolpaths. These strategies differ from those used in the conventional 2D toolpaths.
Mastercams Pocket Entry Motion settings may need adjusting when trying to enter small pockets or features.
Macro B Programming doesn't have to be scary! Here's a brief introduction into some of the capabilities of Macro B Programming.
This video shows the use of Stock Recognition in the Lathe environment for Mastercam.
This video is taken from our Haas CNC Lathe Setup and Operate course which provides comprehensive step by step instructions for setting up and running your Haas CNC lathe.
This video discusses Entity Selection in Mastercam along with some options to help speed up the selection process.
This video discusses the Delete Duplicates Function and FindOverlap CHook in Mastercam, which can be used to clean up geometry in your file.
Did you know there are 2 different interfaces for Backplotting your toolpaths in Mastercam?
This video is taken from a QnA session during one of our Teacher Training Courses and here we're looking at how to control the direction of your chain when creating toolpaths.