Mastercam X5 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation according to vendor CNC Software, Inc. (Tolland, CT). Smart Hybrid Finishing, new dynamic milling techniques, and ISCAR support combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a package intended to improve tool shop-floor productivity.
Smart Hybrid Finishing blends two efficient cutting techniques into a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between constant Z cutting and constant scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.
Mastercam's 3D surface high-speed OptiRough toolpath, meanwhile, is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed tool faster than ever.