Mastercam delivers CAD/CAM software tools for all types of programming, from the most basic to the extremely complex. 2-axis machining, multiaxis milling and turning, wire EDM, router applications, free-form artistic modeling and cutting, 3D design, drafting, surface and solid modeling – whatever your machining needs, there is a Mastercam product for your budget and application. Please select one of the products from the drop down menu along the top...Read More
Move machinery anywhere, anytime with NO extra cabling cost EVER. Save costly setup time by transferring files at the FASTEST possible baud rates. Eliminate downtime due to costly repairs after a lightning strike. Minimizes conflicts in coordinating multiple departments when moving machines. Ideal for new buildings or shops with overhead cranes. Manufacturing Event Monitoring (MEM) for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Monitor your Machine Tools and Manufacturing process. Mine Data such as; Power On/Off, Cycle Start/Stop, Spindle On/Off, Feed Rate, Part Counts, Delay and Repair Time as well as other key factors for your business to increase productivity and lower production cost. Visual ‘Real-Time’ Dashboard and Historical reporting. Ability to link data to ERP. For more information visit...Read More
CATIA is the World’s Leading Solution for Product Design and Experience. It is used by leading organizations in multiple industries to develop the products we see and use in our everyday lives. CATIA delivers the unique ability not only to model any product, but to do so in the context of its real-life behavior: design in the age of experience. Systems architects, engineers, designers and all contributors can define, imagine and shape the connected world. CATIA, powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, delivers: A Social design environment built on a single source of truth and accessed through powerful 3D dashboards that drive business intelligence, real-time concurrent design and collaboration across all stakeholders including mobile workers. An Instinctive 3DEXPERIENCE, for both experienced and occasional users with world-class 3D modeling and simulation capabilities that optimize the effectiveness of every user. An Inclusive product development platform that is easily integrated with existing processes & tools. This enables multiple disciplines to leverage powerful and integrated specialist applications across all phases of the product development process. CATIA’s Design, Engineering and Systems Engineering applications are the heart of Industry Solution Experiences from Dassault Systèmes to address specific industry needs. This revolutionizes the way organizations conceive, develop and realize new products, delivering competitive edge through innovative customer experiences. Click here to Contact Sales! Click Here for More Info on...Read More
CAM Add-on for Increasing Productivity: Easy, Fast, Powerful 2D/3D Tool Set Traditional history-based CAD systems are designed for full-time CAD users. On the shop floor, however, these systems can get in the way of getting parts out the door. SpaceClaim takes a different approach, letting you manipulate geometry however you see fit to get on with production with its built-in CAM add-on capabilities and integration with CAM solutions. Features Open and edit parts from any CAD system Create and print a hole table from an imported part in ten clicks Use SpaceClaim’s unique and powerful de-featuring tools to create in-process models for different machining operations Design jigs and fixtures off of in-process models Make edits quickly and easily, without having to use a complicated CAD system Adjust geometry correctly to account for the manufacturing process Advantages Focus on tools that get the job done More cost-effective than traditional CAD Eliminate waste from your CAD process Never worry about rebuild errors slowing you down SpaceClaim – New Mastercam Productivity Add-On: Easy-Fast-Powerful 2D/3D Tool-Set SpaceClaim: New Mastercam Productivity Add-On: Easy-Fast-Powerful 2D/3D Tool-Set. Before creating toolpaths in Mastercam, it’s best to get the geometry right. SpaceClaim, now directly integrated with Mastercam, is the best tool to open, correct, and update CAD parts prior to CNC programming. The Top 5 Reasons SpaceClaim Helps Machinists Creation of tooling and fixturing is now easier than ever thanks to SpaceClaim’s 3D Direct Modeling technology SpaceClaim allows you to convert old dxf and dwg files into useful 3D data. SpaceClaim also lets you repair dirty geometry you may find after opening up a CAD model, including incomplete CAD data from a neutral format or any other major CAD source...Read More
Verisurf BASIC Systems – Built on today’s most powerful, robust CAD system Verisurf’s Basic System reads all native CAD file formats including IGES, STEP, AutoCAD, Inventor, Pro-E, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, CATIA, Unigraphics/NX and numerous others. This flexibility means that you can easily work with any CAD model – solid, surface or wireframe. A fundamentally important component of the CAD-based platform, Verisurf Model Based Definition (MBD) lets users set unique IDs, tolerances and GD&T in the model for any surface, feature or other critical inspection item. In effect, you avoid error and speculation as well as reduce costs throughout the manufacturing process. The Basic System also includes the proprietary Verisurf Device Interface (VDI). This powerful interface connects and controls virtually all measuring devices, including stationary and portable CMMs, laser trackers and scanners, and many others. With the VDI, you can effortlessly select and control your chosen device. All devices have a common user interface. Verisurf MEASURE – The metrology tool for feature-based part inspection. Interfacing in real-time with any measuring device – including stationary and portable CMMs, laser trackers and scanners, and various others – Measure lets you easily measure features from precise single points to point clouds. Set unique GD&T constraints, see the device graphically displayed on your screen, plus smart tools automatically recognize and display features while you are measuring. For enhanced accuracy and ease of use, Verisurf Measure also includes FeatureAlign and AutoAlign. Use FeatureAlign to align the part to the device based on measured features and datums. Use AutoAlign to align the device directly to the CAD model. These new, innovative feature allows you to store alignment schemes and automate inspection routines to guide the device...Read More
Veteran-owned small business providing CAD/CAM/OEE solutions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MACDAC Engineering Inc. enters into reseller agreement with FORCAM, Inc.
Somers, CT, May 12, 2015 – MACDAC Engineering Inc., a veteran-owned small business providing CAD/CAM/OEE solutions and FORCAM, a world leader in manufacturing intelligence technology announced the distributorship awarded to MACDAC Engineering Inc. for the entire New England region. (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)
FORCAM delivers manufacturing intelligence solutions to discrete manufacturing industries including a comprehensive production performance software suite of products identified as Factory Framework.
Factory Framework helps to increase the productivity of entire machine shops and plants by following a systematic Lean Manufacturing methodology to reduce waste and then subsequently support the improvement of quality, cost, and delivery times.
Factory Framework provides objective machine data that concisely visualizes real time production performance in key metrics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and aids every member of the shop floor as well as management to identify production issues such as ineffective production scheduling, bottlenecks, identification of performance metrics, and more. FORCAM’s technology delivers reliable performance figures for optimizing all production processes. The sky is the limit – cloud technologies enable key decision-makers to access all data from any device at any time, which provides them with additional flexibility to globally benchmark all production facilities.
MACDAC customers will obtain the following benefits when complementing their current product offering with Factory Framework:
The collaboration with FORCAM, looks to further expand MACDAC’s already comprehensive manufacturing knowledge and capabilities through FORCAM’s Factory Framework product suite.
MACDAC Engineering specializes in helping manufacturing businesses increase their revenue through state- of the-art engineering solutions for their design and manufacturing departments. Our specialists provide professional direction to solve your simple to complex design and manufacturing needs through both our Cad-Cam software and our local support and training. WireFreeCNC, a division of MACDAC offers wireless connectivity on the shop floor, providing access through its hardware and software, transmitting manufacturing information to the corporation’s decision makers.
Contact Person: John Carpenter
27 Quality Avenue
Somers, CT 06071
FORCAM, Inc. is a technology and consulting company founded in 2001 by former SAP managers in Germany and spans today across Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas. FORCAM’s awarded Factory Framework monitors today the performance of over 50,000 machines globally and is currently deployed by best-in-class companies in the discrete and repetitive manufacturing industries of automotive, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, and mechanical and medical device engineering. This cutting-edge technology is providing Multinational Corporations with rapid and actionable results to achieve productivity increases far over 20% in less than 12 months. The product suite integrates seamlessly and quickly with the global standard MTConnect and guarantees extended competitiveness for customers worldwide through its Cloud solution. FORCAM today stands for rapid Return-On-Investment (ROI), an increase of Return-On-Capital-Employed (ROCE), and a competitive surge in overall cost savings and reduction of waste.
Contact Person: Mohamed Abuali, CEO Americas
250E. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
USA Phone: 513.878.2780
We would just like to thank all of those who attended our Open House this month. And for those of you that couldn’t make it, this is what you missed.Read More
Mastercam recently launched a brand new website and this site requires customers to register. This registration and linking process ensures that only Mastercam customers receive the benefits of Mastercam.com’s value-added content such as the Mastercam Forum and Knowledge Base. To register and link, please use the steps below:
1. Launch your web browser and navigate to www.mastercam.com or just click this link: www.mastercam.com.
2. Click on the Register link in the upper right corner of the Mastercam.com landing page.
3. When the Create your account page is displayed, enter the required information and then click the Create Account button on the bottom of the page.
4. You should now see a message that your account was created successfully and an email has been sent to you with validation instructions. The email sent address will be email@example.com, so if you do not see the email in your inbox please check your spam and junk folders. This activation email will also include your login name that was generated automatically.
5. To validate your account, follow the instruction in the email you received.
6. Once your account is validated, login using your new ID and the password you created during registration. You will be prompted to link your account with your Mastercam SIM. To link your account properly you must download and run the linking program to a computer that has Mastercam installed and running. If you have Mastercam X7, simply download the linking code generator and copy it into your main Mastercam folder (C:\program files\mcamx7 on most systems) and then run the linker from there. If you have an older version of Mastercam you will also need to download and install CodeMeter. CodeMeter is already installed with Mastercam X7. The linking program and the CodeMeter downloads can be found here: https://cnc.mastercam.com/en-us/Support-Downloads-Drivers-and-Applets.
Once you have generated a linking code, copy the Linking code into the Account Link Code: edit field and click the link my account button. If the computer running Mastercam does not have access to the internet, then save the code generated to a text file and then you can finish this process on another computer by just cutting and pasting the linking code from the saved text file into the dialog shown below.
7. Once your account has been linked successfully, you should now have access to customer-only portions of the website, including the X8 downloads, Mastercam Forum, and Knowledge base. Please note that you MUST have current maintenance to run Mastercam X8. If you are having problems registering or linking please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Problem: User receives error message “The program can’t start because WIBUCM32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” when running MastercamDotComLinking.exe.
Solution: Wibu CodeMeter is not installed on the system attempting to generate the linking code. This is installed by default on Mastercam X7 and later but is not included with previously released versions. The installation can be found on https://www.mastercam.com/en-us/Support-Downloads-Drivers-and-Applets. Be sure to select the correct OS-specific version (32- or 64-bit.)
Problem: User running a NetHASP cannot generate a linking code using MastercamDotComLinking.exe.
Solution: Users that require the use of nethasp.ini will not be able to generate a linking code for Mastercam.com if MastercamDotComLinking.exe is not run from the root directory of the Mastercam installation, which is C:\program files\mcamx? (? Denotes version of Mastercam X being used to generate the code). To solve this:
Please join us for our Macdac Engineering Customer Appreciation Picnic. You won’t leave hungry! There will be hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and a pig roast done by Domina’s Roasting Services in the evening. Join us for the fun and games!
10am – 7pm
at our Main Office
27 Quality Ave. Somers, CT 06071
Click here to register!
Mastercam Mill-Turn makes machining on today’s high-powered turning centers and full-function machining centers simpler and easier than ever before. Machines that eliminate multiple setups, manual part handling, redundant fixturing, and reduce idle time boost production and maximize profitability.
Mastercam Mill-Turn streamlines the programming process on these complex machines with intelligent job setups that are keyed to the exact machine in your shop. Utilizing intelligent work plane selection, it’s as easy as selecting the spindle and turret you wish to utilize, and creating your toolpaths using Mastercam’s proven milling and lathe toolpaths.
Synchronization between spindles and turrets is accomplished through a state-of-the-art interface called Mastercam Code Expert. In Mastercam Code Expert, users are able to graphically synchronize multiple streams (upper and lower) of code with ease. Custom G- and M-codes are as easy as selecting a menu item and the code is generated the way you expect it, every time. Once synchronized, Machine Simulation is a click away with accurate visual feedback of the program running on your machine. Check for collisions between the tool, part, shank, fixturing, and machine components visually or through a reporting mechanism. The power of Mastercam, along with Mastercam Code Expert, ensures that your code will be correct and efficient—the way you want it—long before it reaches the machine.
Click here to see a video of Mastercam Mill-Turn in action.Read More
Macdac Engineering/WireFreeCNC will be exhibiting at this year’s MFG4 in Hartford, CT and also at the Discover Mazak event. This gives you two chances to come and see the latest in WireFreeCNC including event monitoring, OEE, and our Gemini Human Machine Interface. We will also be showing, for the first time, Catia and Enovia by Dassault Systemes, as well as Mastercam and SpaceClaim.
For your free registration (A $50.00 value) go to mfg4event.com and use code MFG4GUEST
Radial chip thinning is a phenomenon that has been well understood for decades. It is the simple observation that when the stepover is 50% of the tool’s width or greater at a given feedrate, the width of chips remains constant.
However, when the step-over is less than 50%, the chip width becomes progressively smaller as the stepover decreases
Why is it important to know this? Because most of the heat generated in the tool and the steel part is removed, not by coolant, but by the chips. If you decide (for good reasons) to use stepovers smaller than 50%, you will need to run at a faster feed rate to get the chip thickness back up to target. If you are not cutting at the targeted chip thickness, your heat management will be off because the chips do not have the mass needed to retain the heat, pull it away from the tool and part, and put it into the chip pile.
Here is one practical application of this knowledge: Say you are programming a part to run at 35 in/min at a 50% stepover, but the tool may be long or the material very tough, so you decide to run a little bit lighter on the tool by reducing the stepover to 30 or 40%. To compensate for the thinning effect, you should look up and set a higher feed rate, using tables readily available on the Internet.
This will produce two benefits–you will cut the part a little faster and these settings will do a better job maintaining your targeted chip thickness leading to better heat management. A far more important and game changing application of this knowledge is the use of Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion technology to improve productivity and reduce tooling wear and costs.
Many manufacturers obtain impressive productivity improvement by employing Dynamic Motion strategies in combination with today’s advanced cutting tools. Radial chip thinning is easily implemented. We can help you choose appropriate tools, cutting strategies, and radial chip thinning parameters for your applications. Feel free to contact us today.