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Virtual Haas in Mastercam - Part 2

8/10/20 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike

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

Link to the LegoMan Simulator seen at the end of the video...

LegoMan Machine Simulator

The folder in this zip package needs to be moved to the MachSim folder noted below, the part file can be used to demo the machine.


The previous video left off at the point of assembling the saved out STLs in Machine Simulation. If you have not watched video 1, you can view it here...
Virtual Haas - Part 1

With the files saved out and ready to go, it is best to move them now into a folder where Mastercams Machine Simulation can reference them. The default location is...
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Shared Mastercam 2021\MachineSimulation\MachSim\
Adjust the version as needed in the above address.

Create a folder and name it accordingly. You are now ready to build the machine in the Machine Simulator Environment.

In Machine Simulation, you can add different motion types, Translational in X, Y, or Z, and Rotational in A, B, or C. You can also add custom motions if needed. Once an axis motion is added, you can add motion limits and directions to them. You can also add geometry to these motions, here is where you add your saved out STLs to the axis motion. I would suggest watching the video for these steps as typing instructions may not fully explain what is expected here.

Keep in mind each STL can only be defined as one color, so if you want to add more contrast to your machine you will have to save each component that you want a separate color and then import 1 at a time and then set the desired color for each. 

Once you have the machine built, lastly you can add in some collision checking...which I highly recommend doing as this has been the whole point of this build!

Once you get into the swing of building machines for simulation in Mastercam and in Machine Simulation, you'll see the possibility are endless on what you could make, and that leads us to the LegoMan Simulator. The link is obviously at the top of this post. At the very least, it should provide a laugh!


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Written by camInstructor Mike

camInstructor Mike is Mike Wearne, an avid machinist, cnc programmer and overall connoisseur of all things machining. Mike is one of camInstructor's resident cad/cam/cnc experts and works part time at his local college teaching aspiring machinists how to program CNC Machines of all types.

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