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How to Mark Faster in Mastercam

1/28/22 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam

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Teachers, you've got dozens of programs to review. Here's how to get through them faster!

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Catching Cheaters in Mastercam

1/15/22 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam

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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!

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Mastercam Dark Mode

12/23/21 4:49 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, dark mode

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Put those sunglasses away and turn on Mastercam Dark Mode!

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A Better QRC for Mastercam

12/15/21 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Keyboard Shortcuts, Quick Reference Card

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A Quick Reference Card for Mastercam that you can edit and customize!

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Creating and Using Tabs in Mastercam

11/15/21 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Tabs

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Tabs in Mastercam, and more!

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Mastercam in Windows 11

10/23/21 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Windows11

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With Windows 11 now available, how is Mastercam in this new Operating System?

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Oscillating in Different Mastercam Toolpaths

10/5/21 3:24 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Swarf, 5 Axis Curve, Oscillate

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Oscillate is most commonly used in the 2D Contour toolpath, did you know there are other toolpaths also capable of this motion?

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Dealing with Dogleg Rapids in Mastercam

9/28/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Vericut

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What do dogs and golf have to do with machining? Knowing could prevent a crash!

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Mastercam in VR

9/10/21 9:43 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, VR, Virtual Reality

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Lets give Mastercam a try in VR - Virtual Reality!

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Controlling OptiRough | Xometry Mill Test Part - Video 5

8/25/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Xometry

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Often when using OptiRest, tool motion happens where you don't want. Let's look at controlling this toolpath.

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OptiRough using Stock aka OptiRest | Xometry Mill Test Part - Video 4

8/4/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Xometry

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Using Mastercams OptiRough Toolpath with a Stock Model to create the best roughing motion for this part.

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Stock Setup VS Stock Model | Xometry Mill Test Part - Video 3

7/30/21 4:50 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Xometry

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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.

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Solid Import and Alignment - Xometry Mill Test Part

7/28/21 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Xometry

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First up for the Xometry Test Part is importing the supplied solid model and then aligning it to the Top WCS .

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Xometry Mill Test Part - Overview

7/25/21 3:29 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Xometry

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Programming the Xometry CNC Mill Test Part, start to finish, in this video series. This first video provides an overview of the starting files.

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Voice Programming Mastercam

6/15/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022, Stream Deck, Siri

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Hey Siri, program Mastercam for me!

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Mastercam 2022 - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

5/26/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 2022

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Let's talk about what's new in Mastercam 2022!

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Do the Undoable in Mastercam

4/30/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Excel

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Just because there isn't a button that performs what you need, this doesn't mean it cannot be done in Mastercam.

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Avoid These Cutting Conditions and Stop Breaking Endmills

4/12/21 10:55 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Shortcut

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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.

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The Mastercam Keyboard Shortcut You DON'T Know!

3/23/21 8:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Shortcut

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You won't find this keyboard shortcut in the manual! You might not even know the function it controls!

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What's the BEST Computer for Mastercam?

2/24/21 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Benchmark

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What is the fastest, what is the best bang for your buck?

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The BIG Event!!

1/31/21 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam

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Join us on Thursday, February 4th for a camInstructor first...The BIG Event!

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Mastercam Quick Masks

9/28/20 8:00 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, QuickMask

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These 15 little icons can save you hours of work in Mastercam...

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Mastercam Selection Bar

9/17/20 8:55 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, SelectionBar

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The Selection Bar is used to select entities in Mastercam for use in different functions. Let's look at how to use this effectively.

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Lathe Canned Cycles

8/26/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Lathe, CannedCycles

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G-Code in a can!  Lets look at how to use Mastercams Lathe Turning Canned Cycles.

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Virtual Haas in Mastercam - Part 2

8/10/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, machine simulation

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Part 2 of building a virtual Haas VF-3 with an HRT-210 for Machine Simulation in Mastercam.

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Virtual Haas in Mastercam - Part 1

8/4/20 3:31 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, HLE, minimum requirements

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Let's look at building a virtual Haas VF-3 with an HRT-210 for Machine Simulation.

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Mastercam Minimum Requirements

7/25/20 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, HLE, minimum requirements

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New to Mastercam and looking to buy a computer? All your questions answered here.

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Rocket CyberTruck, 5 Axis Crew Dragon, PocketNC - camInstructor Update

7/16/20 6:14 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 5 Axis, tesla, 3D Printing, HLE, pocketNC

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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!

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Mastercam HLE for 3D Printing?

7/3/20 7:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 3D Printing, HLE

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3D Printing fans are looking everywhere for cheap CAD software to model their prints, is Mastercam HLE an option?

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Module Works Help in Mastercam

6/26/20 9:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, ModuleWorks, Help

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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!

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VBScripting to Automate Mastercam

5/26/20 12:54 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, gcode, live stream, editors

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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.


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G-Code Editors in Mastercam

5/17/20 6:29 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, gcode, live stream, editors

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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.


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camInstuctor LIVE!! Mastercam demo on YouTube

5/1/20 5:02 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, engrave, live stream, boolean, softjaws, vise

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Here is a recording of our first YouTube LIVE event. Thanks to everyone who joined and participated!

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Programming a Mill as a Lathe in Mastercam

4/18/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, postprocessor

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Programming a CNC Mill as a CNC Lathe in Mastercam!

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NEW Post Processor for Manual Machines

4/1/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, postprocessor

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Start programming those MANUAL mills and lathes with Mastercam using this Post Processor from camInstructor and Postability!

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Tools for Online Teaching and Learning

3/27/20 4:04 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, online

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Tools you can use to create online content, share your created content, and connect with students/colleagues.

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Working, Learning, or Teaching From Home?

3/21/20 1:20 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam

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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.

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Mastercams Dynamic Motion Explained

3/12/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam

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Ever wondered about the magic that happens in Mastercams Dynamic Motion toolpaths?

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The Best New Features in the Mastercam 2021 Public Beta

2/23/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 5 Axis, Haas

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Have a look at the best new features in the Mastercam 2021 Public Beta and my top pick that you may have missed!

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Helix on the Haas

2/17/20 5:16 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, 5 Axis, Haas

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Programming with Mastercam to cut a complex helical shaped part.

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G-Code on Your Phone

2/9/20 12:04 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, gcode, phone

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You use your phone for everything else, why not use it as a G-Code editer and backplotter!

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Tesla Cybertruck Step by Step - Parts 2 to 5

2/1/20 11:36 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Solids, Wireframe, tesla, cybertruck

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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!

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Tesla Cybertruck Step by Step - Part 1

1/23/20 4:07 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Solids, Wireframe, tesla, cybertruck

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Finally, after many requests, lets get started with the step by step for creating the Tesla Cybertruck in Mastercam! It's about time!

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Secret Haas Control Screen

1/17/20 5:28 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Haas

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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!

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Whats Coming in 2020 From CamInstructor

1/10/20 4:02 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Mastercam 2020, Wireframe, Mastercam 2021

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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!

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Cutting 3D Forms With 2D Toolpaths

12/17/19 10:20 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Mastercam 2020, Wireframe

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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.

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Making the Tesla Cybertruck in Mastercam

12/6/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, Mastercam 2020, Solids

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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!

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The #1 Mistake Students Make on Mastercam Certification Tests

11/27/19 3:31 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, CNC, Mastercam 2020, Pocket, Entry Motion, Certification

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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.

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A day at CMTS 2019

10/3/19 12:38 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam, CNC, Lathe, Mill, Tradeshow

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I spent the day at CMTS and took some video of some interesting stuff. Check it out!

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The Mastercam Tip You Need to Know

9/18/19 2:16 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam

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Quite possibly the least known shortcut in Mastercam that can really help you get things done faster!

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Mastercam - 3D Toolpath Control

8/8/19 3:22 PM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Tips, Mastercam, Mill, 3D

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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.

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Mastercam X9 vs Mastercam 2020

6/26/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam, Mill, Mastercam 2020, Mastercam X9

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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.

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Mastercam X3 vs Mastercam 2020

6/12/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam, Mill, Mastercam 2020, Mastercam X3

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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.

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Mastercam Dynamic Milling - Chaining Part 4

5/29/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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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.

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Mastercam - Chip Thinning RCTF and Iscar HEM

5/15/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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This is video explains Chip Thinning (RCTF) and Iscars HEM found in Mastercams Dynamic toolpaths.

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Mastercam - 5 Minute 5 Axis Impeller Challenge

5/1/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill, Impeller

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This video runs through the programming of a 5 axis impeller in 5 minutes...the 5 minute, 5 axis, impeller challenge!

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Mastercam Dynamic Milling - Chaining Part 3

4/17/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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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.

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Mastercam Dynamic Milling - Chaining Part 2

4/3/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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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.

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Mastercam Dynamic Milling - Chaining Part 1

3/20/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Dynamic Milling, Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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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.

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Mastercam Tips - Pocket Entry Motion

3/6/19 8:56 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Mill

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Mastercams Pocket Entry Motion settings  may need adjusting when trying to enter small pockets or features.

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Mastercam Lathe Stock Recognition

2/6/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, Lathe

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This video shows the use of Stock Recognition in the Lathe environment for Mastercam.

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Mastercam Entity Selection

1/9/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Tips, Mastercam

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This video discusses Entity Selection in Mastercam along with some options to help speed up the selection process.

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Delete Duplicates in Mastercam

12/19/18 5:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Tips, Mastercam

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This video discusses the Delete Duplicates Function and FindOverlap CHook in Mastercam, which can be used to clean up geometry in your file.

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The Different Backplot Interfaces in Mastercam

12/5/18 5:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam Tips, Mastercam

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Did you know there are 2 different interfaces for Backplotting your toolpaths in Mastercam?

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The New Mastercam Drill Interface

8/29/18 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike posted in Mastercam 2019, Mastercam, drill

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Here I take a look at the new Drilling interface in Mastercam.

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