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Our Open House

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.

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Registering on Mastercam’s New Website

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 donotreply@mastercam.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 qc@mastercam.com.

Known Issues
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:

  1. Download MastercamDotComLinking.exe from https://www.mastercam.com/en-us/Support-Downloads-Drivers-and-Applets.
  2. Place the executable in the root directory of the Mastercam installation.
  3. Run MastercamDotComLinking.exe from this location. The linking code should be generated successfully.



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Customer Appreciation Picnic


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!

July 24th
10am – 7pm
at our Main Office
27 Quality Ave. Somers, CT 06071
Click here to register!



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Introducing Mastercam Mill-Turn

MTMastercam 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.

MT2Here are some key features of Mastercam Mill-Turn:

  • Powerful, automated job setup.
  • Intelligent plane creation with minimal user interaction.
  • Customized milling tools optimized for mill/turn machining.
  • Intuitive part handling tools specific to your machine.
  • Powerful graphical synchronization.
  • Accurate machine simulation for your machine.
  • Powerful post processing tool.

Click here to see a video of Mastercam Mill-Turn in action.

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Come See Us at MFG4

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 4.17.29 PMMacdac 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.

Don’t miss it!
May 6-8
Booth #1120
The Connecticut Convention Center Hartford, CT

For your free registration (A $50.00 value) go to mfg4event.com and use code MFG4GUEST


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Discover Mazak
May 6-7
Mazak Northeast Technology Center: Windsor Locks, CT

Click here to register.

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Mastercam: Radial Chip Thinning Revisited

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.

Chips are the primary driver of heat removal. Traditional cutting yields larger chips with good heat removal capacity. 

Chips are the primary driver of heat removal. Traditional cutting yields larger chips with good heat removal capacity.

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.

Smaller stepovers require higher feed rates to maintain your targeted ship thickness, and can yield faster cut time.

Smaller stepovers require higher feed rates to maintain your targeted ship thickness, and can yield faster cut time.

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.


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Mastercam’s New Tool Manager

toolmanagerMastercam’s new Tool Manager provides a whole new way to organize and create your tooling. This application offers a lot of power and flexibility for all your mill and router tools. Tool Manager is launched separately from Mastercam by choosing Start / Programs / Mastercam X7 / Tool Manager.

The new Tool Manager has been designed from the ground up as a flexible and efficient way to manage tools and tool holding components and to create tool assemblies that can be used in Mastercam. 
In addition to the tooling component support, Tool Manager also integrates work material and cut parameter data so that you can take advantage of a manufacturer’s cutting recommendations.

The Tool Manager workspace is made of several key components:

Database Explorer – Provides a view of the active database, including tools, holders, and assemblies. Each instance of Tool Manager displays only one tool database at a time. You can have multiple instances of the application open at once and even drag and drop components between instances.

Assembly Tree – Displays a hierarchical representation of the active tool assembly. Items in the tree start from the spindle side of a tool assembly and move progressively closer to the cutting tool.

Document Workspace – Shows each document type as a collection of items. All documents offer a data grid view which supports sorting, grouping, and selection of one or more items. For tool assemblies, it also provides selection and adjustment of tool component positioning and orientation.

Properties Grid – Displays all properties available for a selected item. Use the data grid to select one or more items for editing. When multiple items are selected, only common properties display in the properties grid. These can edit the entire group of selected items.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us today.

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