Introduction to Mastercam
Introduction to
Mastercam
May 2016
Mastercam® 2017 Introduction to Mastercam
Date: May 2016
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Contents
Introduction ....................................................................................................... 7
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Tutorial Goals................................................................................................. 7
General Tutorial Requirements ....................................................................... 7
1. Mastercam Interface Overview............................................ 9
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Exploring Mastercam’s Interface ................................................................ 9
Common Interface Controls ......................................................................... 15
Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 16
Exercise 1-1: Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar.......................... 16
Exercise 1-2: Exploring the Ribbon Interface....................................... 17
Exercise 1-3: Customizing the Ribbon ................................................. 19
Exercise 1-4: Setting System Attributes for the Current File............... 22
Exercise 1-5: Understanding the Selection Bar and AutoCursor.......... 27
Exercise 1-6: Using Quick Masks........................................................ 30
Exercise 1-7: Exploring the Status Bar ................................................ 34
2. Working with the Managers...............................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 37
Exercise 2-1: Moving and Docking Managers..................................... 37
Exercise 2-2: Hiding and Displaying a Manager .................................. 40
Exercise 2-3: Customizing a Manager Display .................................... 41
Exercise 2-4: Exploring the Recent Functions Manager ...................... 43
3. Mastercam’s Backstage Overview ....................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 47
Exercise 3-1: Exploring Mastercam’s Backstage ................................ 47
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 49
Exercise 4-1: Creating a Configuration File.......................................... 49
Exercise 4-2: Changing System Colors................................................ 50
Exercise 4-3: Changing CAD Settings.................................................. 52
Exercise 4-4: Changing the Size and Opacity of On-screen Controls ... 54
Exercise 4-5: Setting up AutoSave and Backup .................................. 55
5. Customizing Mastercam .....................................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 81
Exercise 7-1: Customizing Function Prompts ...................................... 81
Exercise 7-2: Changing Standard Views.............................................. 83
8. Viewing Your Part ...............................................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 65
Exercise 6-1: Opening Non-Mastercam Part Files ............................... 66
Exercise 6-2: Importing Multiple Part Files.......................................... 68
Exercise 6-3: Saving Patterns (Save Some) ........................................ 71
Exercise 6-4: Exporting a Single File ................................................... 72
Exercise 6-5: Exporting Multiple Files ................................................. 74
Exercise 6-6: Using Zip2Go ................................................................. 77
7. Working With the Graphics Window..................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 59
Exercise 5-1: Customizing the Graphics Window Context Menu......... 59
Exercise 5-2: Mapping Functions to Keyboard Shortcuts .................... 61
Exercise 5-3: Setting Mastercam Display Options .............................. 63
6. Working with Files..............................................................
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................... 87
Exercise 8-1: Viewing All Entities........................................................ 87
Exercise 8-2: Zooming In and Out........................................................ 88
Exercise 8-3: Rotating Your Part View................................................. 91
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Exercise 8-4: Panning You Part ........................................................... 93
Exercise 8-5: Using Viewsheets.......................................................... 94
Exercise 8-6: Blanking and Hiding Entities .......................................... 96
9. Working With Levels ......................................................... 103
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................. 103
Exercise 9-1: Exploring the Levels Manager.......................................104
Exercise 9-2: Showing or Hiding Levels .............................................106
Exercise 9-3: Changing the Active Level ............................................108
Exercise 9-4: Creating a Level and Assigning Entities........................109
Exercise 9-5: Moving Entities to a Different Level..............................112
10. Understanding Views and Planes.................................... 117
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Lesson Goals ............................................................................................. 117
Exercise 10-1: Exploring the Planes Manager ....................................117
Exercise 10-2: Creating a Custom Plane ............................................120
Exercise 10-3: Using a Custom Plane for Drawing Geometry.............124
Exercise 10-4: Creating a New Plane Using the Dynamic Gnomon ....126
Conclusion ....................................................................................................... 130
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Mastercam Resources ............................................................................. 131
Mastercam Documentation ..................................................................... 132
Contact Us .................................................................................................. 132
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Introduction
Welcome to the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. This tutorial is geared to help you
explore some of Mastercam’s interface and to learn basic concepts of the software.
The tutorial includes the following:
 A broad look at the Mastercam interface, including the ribbon interface, Quick
Access Toolbar (QAT), Selection Bar, Quick Masks, Status Bar, and Managers.
 An introduction to Mastercam’s File menu, also known as the Backstage,
where you manage and print files, alter System Configuration, customize the
interface using Options, and access Help, Tutorials, and other Mastercam
Community resources.
 An overview of Mastercam’s graphics window using viewing options, and
introducing levels and planes.
Tutorial Goals
 Gain an understanding of some of Mastercam’s functions.
 Set up a configuration file and customize Mastercam’s interface to suit your
working style.
 Manipulate Mastercam’s graphics window, levels, and planes to view your
part.
Estimated time to complete this tutorial: 5.00 hours
General Tutorial Requirements
All Mastercam tutorials have the following general requirements:
 You must be comfortable using the Windows® operating system.
 The tutorials cannot be used with Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition
(HLE). The Demo/HLE file format (emcam) is different from the Mastercam file
format (mcam), and basic Mastercam functions, such as file conversions and
posting, are unavailable.
 Each lesson in the tutorial builds on the mastery of preceding lesson’s skills.
We recommend that you complete them in order.
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 Additional files may accompany a tutorial. Unless the tutorial provides specific
instructions on where to place these files, store them in a folder that can be
accessed from the Mastercam workstation, either with the tutorial or in any
location that you prefer.
 You will need an internet connection to view videos that are referenced in the
tutorials. All videos can be found on our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com/user/MastercamTechDocs.
 All Mastercam tutorials require you to configure Mastercam to work in a
default metric or English configuration. The tutorial provides instructions for
loading the appropriate configuration file.
IMPORTANT: Screen colors in the tutorial pictures may have been
modified to enhance image quality; they may not match your
Mastercam settings or the tutorial results. Color difference do not affect
the lessons.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 1
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Mastercam Interface Overview
Mastercam’s ribbon interface is based on standard Windows design guidelines. The
ribbon is composed of familiar controls including a quick access toolbar (QAT), tabs,
contextual tab groups, galleries, buttons, and the Backstage. It also features special
on-screen controls, and movable, dockable Managers.
This section briefly touches on the elements that make up the Mastercam interface to
give you a better understanding of how to use these elements to create and machine
your parts.
Exploring Mastercam’s Interface
 Start Mastercam by either:
 Double-clicking Mastercam’s
desktop icon.
Or
 Launching Mastercam from
the Windows Start menu.
Take a few moments to explore Mastercam’s interface.
The following image indicates the elements that make up the Mastercam
interface. The corresponding sections provide brief descriptions of each
element and its use.
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1 Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) A customizable set of commonly used functions
that are always available in the interface. The QAT can be located above or
below the ribbon.
2 Tab Groupings of related controls. Tabs are organized in a simple-to-complex
workflow from left to right.
3 Tab Group A region of the tab that contains a set of related controls.
4 Contextual Tab A tab that displays when you make a specific selection in
Mastercam. A contextual tab presents relevant controls and commands to
your current activity.
5 Tooltip A small window with descriptive text that automatically displays when
you hover over a command or control.
6 Selection Bar A toolbar which combines AutoCursor controls and general
selection tools used to select entities in the graphics window. There are two
selection modes, Standard Selection and Solid Selection, which are activated
based on the function you are using. AutoCursor controls allow you to detect
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and snap to points as you move the cursor over geometry in the graphics
window. AutoCursor becomes active whenever Mastercam prompts you to
select a position in the graphics window.
Standard Selection
Solid Selection
7 Quick Masks A group of controls
that helps you to select all entities of
a certain type, or to select only
entities of certain type. Most
controls are divided in half. Clicking
the left or right side of the control
toggles between selection modes.
When a Quick Mask control is
selected it lights to indicate the
selection mask is on. You can toggle
multiple Quick Masks at a time.
8 Status Bar A bar across the bottom of the workspace that shows the
coordinate position of the cursor and provides quick access to modify the
Cplane, Tplane, WCS, and Z Depth of geometry and toolpaths in the graphics
window. The right side of the Status bar has Wireframe, Shaded, and
Translucency controls that change the appearance of your part.
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9 Dynamic Gnomon The on-screen
gnomon allows you to manipulate
geometry and planes interactively.
The gnomon comprises three axes
connected at the origin, with
selection points that let you choose
different types of transformations.
10 Managers Managers include
controls for toolpaths, solids, planes,
levels, recent functions, and Art. The
Managers can be stacked, docked,
or floating.
 Toolpaths Manager: Lists the
toolpath groups and machine
types for the current file. Use
the Toolpaths Manager to
generate, sort, edit,
regenerate, and post
operations.
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 Solids Manager: Lists each
solid in the current file along
with its operation history and
associated toolpaths. Use the
Solids Manager to edit solids
and their operations.
 Planes Manager: Shows the
planes in the current file. Use
the Planes Manager to
display, create, edit, select,
and manage planes and work
offsets.
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 Levels Manager: Shows the
levels in the current file. Use
the Levels Manager to create,
select, hide or show levels,
and set the active level.
 Recent Functions: Provides
quick access to recently used
functions.
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 Art Manager: Manages the
elements of the current Art
model. (Only available if
Mastercam Art is installed.)
11 Graphics window The workspace in which you view, create, and modify your
parts. The graphics window also displays information about the current
measurement system (inches or millimeters), and the coordinate axes for the
current view or plane.
Common Interface Controls
The following table shows common controls used in the Mastercam interface. The
icons may vary slightly depending on their location in Mastercam.
OK and Create New
Cancel
OK/Save
Help
Apply
About Mastercam
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Lesson Goals
 Customize the Quick Access Toolbar.
 Explore the ribbon interface.
 Configure System Attributes.
 Understand Selection Bar, AutoCursor and Fast Point.
 Use Quick Masks.
 Explore the Status Bar.
Exercise 1-1: Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is a collection of frequently used functions. The QAT
is always available and can be displayed above or below the ribbon. You can easily add
or remove functions from the QAT.
In this exercise you will move and customize the QAT.
1 Click the QAT drop-down and select
Show Below the Ribbon.
The QAT displays between the
ribbon and the managers.
2 Click the QAT drop-down again and
select More Commands.
The Options dialog box opens.
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3 On the Quick Access Toolbar page
select View from the Choose
commands from drop-down.
4 Select Fit in the Commands list and then click Add.
5 Click OK and the Fit command
shows in the QAT.
6 Alternately, you can add any
command in the ribbon to the QAT
by right-clicking the command in
the ribbon and selecting Add to
Quick Access Toolbar.
7 Return the QAT to its placement above the ribbon.
Exercise 1-2: Exploring the Ribbon Interface
The ribbon interface consists of multiple tabs that group together related functions
and controls. Tabs are typically organized in a simple-to-complex workflow from left to
right. Some tabs are contextual and only display when needed in the workflow. For
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instance, you must select a machine before the contextual toolpath tab displays on the
ribbon.
Click each tab to open it, or left click the ribbon and then use the scroll wheel on your
mouse to move through the tabs.
In this exercise you will manipulate the ribbon tabs.
1 Right-click the ribbon and select
Minimize the Ribbon.
View the maximized workspace.
2 Click any tab to display it. Click in
the graphics window to hide the tab
again.
3 Right-click the ribbon and deselect Minimize the Ribbon to show the tabs
again.
4 Click the Machine tab.
5 Choose Mill, Default to select your
machine.
NOTE: Available machine types are based on your license and may vary
from what is shown in this tutorial. If Mill is not available, select the
default machine for a machine type licensed to you.
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6 The Mill Toolpaths contextual tab
displays.
7 Click the Expand gallery arrow in the 3D group. The related toolpaths
display.
8 Click the Machine tab again and select Router, Default. Explore the Router
Toolpath contextual tab. If Router is not available, select a different machine
type that is licensed to you.
9 Continue to select different machines and view the related toolpaths tabs.
Exercise 1-3: Customizing the Ribbon
You can create a new ribbon tab and customize it with functions of your choice. In this
exercise you will create a new tab, add several functions, and change the tab’s position
on the ribbon.
1 Right-click the ribbon and select
Customize the Ribbon.
The Options dialog box opens.
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2 Select the View tab in the Customize the Ribbon list as shown in the
following illustration.
3 Click New Tab. The New Tab
(Custom) and New Group
(Custom) appear at the bottom of
the Main Tabs list.
4 Select New Tab (Custom) and then
click Rename. Alternately, you can
right-click New Tab and select
Rename from the context menu.
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5 Enter My Tab for the Display Name
and click OK.
6 Select New Group (Custom) in the list of tabs and click Rename.
7 Enter My Group for the Display
Name and click OK.
8 Select Pan geometry from the Commands Not in the Ribbon list and then
click Add.
The command is added to My
Group (Custom).
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9 Select Zoom On Target from the
Commands Not in the Ribbon list
and then click Add.
The command is added to My
Group (Custom).
10 Select My Tab (Custom) and use
the up arrow button to position the
tab below the Home tab.
11 Click OK to close the Options dialog box.
12 Choose My Tab to view your
customized tab with the Pan and
Zoom Target commands.
13 On your own, return to the Options dialog box to add more commands to
your tab, or rearrange the order of the ribbon tabs.
Exercise 1-4: Setting System Attributes for the Current File
System attributes control point and line styles as well as colors associated with types
of entities you create in Mastercam. You can change the attributes of selected entities
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in the graphics window using the controls on the Home tab or from the right-click
mini-toolbar (shown below).
When nothing is selected in the graphics window, you can also set system attributes
for the current file using these controls. Alternately, set system attributes that persist
between sessions using the Color and CAD Settings pages of the System Configuration
dialog box.
In this exercise you will use the attributes controls located on the mini-toolbar, which
is accessed by right-clicking in the graphics window.
1 Right-click the graphics window to
open the mini-toolbar and context
menu.
2 Click the last button (shown in the previous illustration), to pop off the mini-
toolbar. You can resize and position the mini-toolbar anywhere in the
graphics window.
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3 With nothing selected in the
graphics window, click the Line
Style drop-down and choose the
style shown to the right.
New geometry you create will use
the chosen line style.
4 Select the Line Width shown to the
right.
New geometry you create will use
the chosen line width.
5 Click the Wireframe Color drop-
down and select green as shown to
the right.
6 On the Wireframe tab, choose
Rectangle.
The Rectangle function panel opens.
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7 Click in the graphics window and
draw two rectangles of any size.
(Follow the prompts shown in the
upper left corner of the graphics
window.)
8 Click OK to close the Rectangle
function panel.
The rectangles are created using the
line style, width, and color you
previously selected in this
procedure.
Your rectangles may vary from the
examples shown to the right.
9 Window select one rectangle in the
graphics window.
10 Click the Wireframe Color drop-
down and select purple.
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Only the rectangle you selected changes to purple as shown in the following
illustration.
11 Notice that the default wireframe
color has not changed on the minitoolbar. Any new wireframe
geometry you create will use the
default color, green.
12 Click the last button on the mini-
toolbar to close it.
13 With nothing selected in the
graphics window, return the Line
Style and Line Width to the options
shown to the right.
14 Return the Wireframe Color to
standard blue shown to the right.
15 Click File, Save. Name your file ATTRIBUTES.mcam and save it in the same
location as the other tutorial files.
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TIP: To set default system attributes that persist from session to session,
use the System Configuration dialog box and save the settings to the
configuration file. See Working with Configuration Files for more information.
Exercise 1-5: Understanding the Selection Bar and AutoCursor
Selection Bar combines general selection tools used to select entities in the graphics
window and AutoCursor controls. Selection Bar is located across the top of the
graphics window. It has two modes, Standard Selection and Solid Selection, which are
activated based on the function you are using.
AutoCursor controls allow you to detect and snap to points as you move the cursor
over geometry in the graphics window. AutoCursor becomes active whenever
Mastercam prompts you to select a position in the graphics window.
In this exercise you will precisely locate points and lines using AutoCursor and Fast
Point fields.
1 If necessary open the file,
ATTRIBUTES.mcam, that you saved
from the previous lesson.
Your file may look slightly different
than the one to the right.
2 Select Line Endpoints on the
Wireframe tab.
The Line Endpoint function panel
opens and Mastercam prompts you
to specify the first endpoint.
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3 Click the AutoCursor drop-down
and select Midpoint.
4 Click anywhere on the top line of
one of your rectangles and drag up
to draw a line.
Mastercam automatically uses the
midpoint of the entity that you
selected as the first endpoint.
5 Click to set the second endpoint.
6 Choose OK in the Line Endpoints
function panel.
7 Select Circle Center Point on the
Wireframe tab.
The Circle Center Point function
panel opens and Mastercam
prompts you to enter the center
point.
8 Select AutoCursor Fast Point on
the Selection Bar, (or press the
spacebar on your keyboard), to
display the Fast Point field. You can
enter numbers, formulas, or X,Y,Z
coordinates.
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9 Type 0,0,0 to enter the coordinate location of the circle’s center point, and
then press [Enter].
10 Drag and click to set the radius of the circle. The center point of the circle is at
0,0,0.
11 Choose OK in the Circle Center Point
function panel.
12 If the entities are outside of the graphics window, right-click and choose Fit.
13 Save your file.
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Exercise 1-6: Using Quick Masks
Mastercam’s Quick Masks allow you to select all entities of a specific type, or to select
only entities of specific type. Most controls are divided in half. Clicking the left or right
side of the control toggles between all/only selection modes. You can select multiple
Quick Masks.
Hover over each control to view the tooltip describing its function.
In this exercise you will select entities using several Quick Mask functions.
1 If necessary click File, Open and open ATTRIBUTES.mcam, which you saved in
the previous lesson.
2 Before beginning this lesson, click
Clear all masking.
3 Click Select all line entities.
The rectangles and line that you drew in the previous exercise are selected in
the graphics window. The circle is not selected as it is an arc.
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4 Click Clear selection.
5 Choose Select only arc entities.
6 Click and drag to window select all entities in the workspace.
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Only the circle is selected as shown in the following illustration.
7 Click Clear selection.
8 Choose Select all entities by color
and the Select All dialog box opens.
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9 Select the blue checkbox and then
click OK.
The Quick Masks, Select only arc
entities and Select only wireframe
entities remain selected from the
previous steps and affect the
outcome.
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Only the circle is selected in the workspace as it is the only arc entity that is
blue. The blue line is not selected as shown in the following illustration.
10 Select Clear all masking before proceeding with the next lesson.
Exercise 1-7: Exploring the Status Bar
The Status Bar across the bottom of the workspace gives a visual indication of the
position of the cursor on the workspace (X,Y,Z). It also provides quick access to the 2D/
3D switch and lets you modify the Cplane, Tplane, WCS, and Z Depth of geometry and
toolpaths in the graphics window. The right side of the Status Bar contains Wireframe,
Shaded, and Translucency controls.
In this lesson you will use the wireframe, shaded, and translucency controls to change
the appearance of a part. See Help for information on other Status Bar features.
1 Open BRACE.mcam, which was
provided with the tutorial. Choose
Don’t Save when prompted to save
your file from the previous lesson.
The part displays as a solid.
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2 Choose Wireframe on the Status Bar.
3 Choose No Hidden on the Status
Bar.
The part displays only the wireframe
that is visible in the current view.
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4 Choose Outline Shaded and
Translucency on the Status Bar.
The part displays as a translucent
solid.
5 Continue to experiment with the
appearance controls.
TIP: You can also alter how a part
displays using the Appearance
controls located on the View tab.
6 Click File, New. Choose Don’t save when prompted to save changes to the
current file.
You have now completed Lesson 1 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you learn more about the Mastercam managers.
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LESSON 2
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Working with the Managers
Mastercam has several movable, dockable managers that provide flexible access to
frequently used functions including:
 Toolpaths
 Solids
 Planes
 Levels
 Recent Functions
You can toggle the display of the managers, as well as move one or more managers to
a new location. Dock a manager to a fixed location on the interface, float it anywhere
on the workspace, or even move it to another monitor. Mastercam remembers the
settings even after you close the application.
In this exercise, you use different methods to move, hide, display, and customize a
manager.
Lesson Goals
 Dock, undock, and move a manager.
 Hide and display a manager.
 Customize a manager.
 Explore the Recent Functions Manager.
Exercise 2-1: Moving and Docking Managers
In this exercise, you move and dock one or more managers.
1 Click the title bar of the top manager and drag the stack of managers into the
graphics window. Drop the managers onto the blue docking icon on the right
side of the interface.
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All of the managers are now docked in the new location.
2 Click the Planes tab and drag and
drop it anywhere on the workspace.
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3 Resize the Planes Manager by
clicking and dragging any of its
edges.
4 Double-click the Planes Manager’s
title bar to redock it on top of the
stack of managers.
5 Click the title bar of the stack of managers and drag it to the left side of the
graphics window where it was docked at the beginning of this lesson.
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TIP: If you work with two monitors, position the managers onto the
monitor that is not running Mastercam to free the entire graphics
window for drawing.
Exercise 2-2: Hiding and Displaying a Manager
In this exercise, you hide and display the Toolpaths Manager.
1 Click the Toolpaths tab to bring it to
the front of the stack of managers.
2 Hide the Toolpaths Manager by
clicking the Close button in its upper
right corner.
3 Re-display the Toolpaths Manager
by choosing Toolpaths in the
Managers group on the View tab.
TIP: You can use the keyboard shortcut [Alt+O] to toggle the display of
the Toolpaths Manager.
4 Hide the Toolpaths Manager by
clicking the Auto Hide button in its
upper right corner.
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The Toolpaths Manager collapses
against the left side of the graphics
window. If you have other managers
displayed, they will also collapse
against the graphics window.
5 Hover over the Toolpaths tab to
temporarily display the Toolpaths
Manager.
6 Click Auto Hide again to redock the Toolpaths Manager.
Exercise 2-3: Customizing a Manager Display
In this exercise, you learn how to customize the background color of the Toolpaths
Manager. Some managers have different options that are not shown in this exercise.
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1 Select Background color from the Options drop-down menu in the upper
right corner of the Toolpaths Manager.
The Color dialog box opens.
2 Select the color shown to the right.
3 Click OK.
The background of the Toolpaths
Manager is the chosen color.
TIP: You set the color for lines, as well as font attributes, using the
Options drop-down menu.
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4 Select Options, Restore default attributes to return the background color to
its default setting for the remainder of this tutorial.
Exercise 2-4: Exploring the Recent Functions Manager
Recently used functions are recorded on the Recent Functions Manager. You can
access one of these functions by selecting it in the list.
In this lesson you will build a recent functions list, resize and dock the Recent Functions Manager, and then access a previously used function.
1 On the Wireframe tab, click
Rectangle.
The Rectangle function panel opens.
2 Follow the on-screen prompts and
draw a rectangle of any size in the
graphics window. Click OK when
done.
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3 Click the Recent Functions tab to
bring it to the front.
Note that Create rectangle has
been added to the top of the list.
4 On the Wireframe tab, click Line
Endponts.
5 Follow the prompts and draw a line
of any size in the graphics window.
Click OK when done.
Note that Create Line Endpoint has
been added to the list.
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6 Click the Recent Functions tab and
drag it onto the graphics window.
7 Resize the Recent Functions
Manager until only the icons show.
This keeps the recently used
functions on screen while
minimizing the space required.
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8 Click the title bar of the Recent
Functions Manager and drag it to
any convenient location on the
screen, or dock it on the right side of
the graphics window as shown in the
illustration.
9 Click the Create rectangle icon to
quickly access that previously used
function.
10 Follow the prompts to create
another rectangle in the graphics
window, and then click OK to close
the Rectangle function panel.
11 Click and drag the Recent Functions Manager to the left side of the interface
and dock it with the other managers.
You have now completed Lesson 2 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you learn more about the Mastercam Backstage.
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LESSON 3
3
Mastercam’s Backstage Overview
The File menu in Mastercam is also known as the Backstage. The Backstage is the area
where you open, save, convert, manage, or print files. You also access the File menu to
open System Configuration and set default system parameters, or open Options to
modify the user interface. In addition, the File menu provides access to Help, tutorials,
software updates, and connects you with the Mastercam community.
This section provides a brief overview of the Backstage and some of its functions.
Lesson Goals
 Open and review the Backstage pages.
Exercise 3-1: Exploring Mastercam’s Backstage
Click File to open the Backstage view. The image below shows the Info page of the
Backstage with links on the left side to other pages and functions.
The following section provides brief descriptions of the some of the functions and
pages located in the Backstage. Click each page to explore the Backstage.
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 Info Presents information and properties of the current Mastercam file. The
Info page gives you access to functions that take action on the currently open
file including, Project Manager, Change Recognition, Track Changes,
AutoSave / Backup, and Repair File.
 New Opens a new file.
 Open Accesses the Open page where you can select a recent document or
browse for a file to open. You can pin frequently used files or folders to the
Recent Documents and Recent Folders sections.
 Open in Editor Opens a file using a file editor of your choice.
 Merge Imports and merges entities from an existing part file into the current
file.
 Save/Save As Saves the current part file or saves the file with a new name.
You can pin frequently used folders to the Recent Folders section of the Save
As page.
 Save Some Saves only entities that you select in the graphics window.
 Zip2Go Creates a compressed .ZIP or .Z2G file of the current file that includes
your Mastercam configuration, machine definition, post files, tool and
material libraries and other necessary files. A Zip2Go file is helpful when
sharing file information with other users or technical support.
 Convert Provides access to Import and Export functions, as well as the
Migration Wizard so that you can update older Mastercam files to the latest
version.
 Print Previews, configures, and prints the current Mastercam file.
 Help Presents information about Mastercam and licensing. Includes links to
the What’s New and ReadMe documents, tutorials, and the Help system. Visit
this page to check for software updates. Some functions require an active
internet connection.
 Community Links your account to Mastercam.com, the customer feedback
program, and satisfaction surveys.
 Configuration Opens the System Configuration dialog box where you set
system defaults for Mastercam.
 Options Opens the Options dialog box where you customize the Mastercam
interface.
You have now completed Lesson 3 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you will learn more about the Configuration files.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 4
4
Working with Configuration Files
The System Configuration dialog box defines and manages the configuration files that
store Mastercam’s settings. You can change your system configuration or create a new
configuration at any time. It is easy to switch from one environment to another
because each configuration is saved to a separate file.
In this lesson, you change options in the System Configuration dialog box to see the
different kinds of settings that are stored within one configuration file.
Lesson Goals
 Create a configuration file.
 Change system colors and CAD styles.
 Modify the size and opacity of on-screen controls.
 Set up AutoSave and Backup.
Exercise 4-1: Creating a Configuration File
In this exercise, you create a configuration file (.config).
1 Select File, Configuration to open the System Configuration dialog box.
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2 Click the Save As button in the
lower left corner.
The Save As dialog box displays.
3 Enter Tutorialconfig for the File
name.
4 Click Save.
Mastercam creates a new .config file. You can create multiple .config files
using the same method.
In the following exercises, you save system settings to this configuration file.
Exercise 4-2: Changing System Colors
In this exercise, you change some default colors to customize Mastercam’s interface
and geometry colors.
1 In the System Configuration dialog
box, select the Colors page from the
list.
2 Select Geometry color from the list.
You can see that Geometry color is
currently assigned to color 1.
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3 Type 163 for the Color value and
press [Enter].
Wireframe geometry you create will
now use this color.
4 Select Background color (gradient
start) from the list.
Color 111 is the current assignment.
5 Type 15 for the Color value and
press [Enter].
The start of the gradient
background is now white.
6 Select None (Use Graphics
background color) from the
Gradient background direction
drop-down.
This uses only the Background color
(gradient start), instead of creating a
gradient background.
7 Click Apply to save the settings on
this page.
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8 Choose Yes to save all current settings to the Tutorialconfig.config file.
TIP: You can also change colors for
Wireframe, Solids, and Surfaces of the
current file by using the controls
located in the Attributes group of the
Home tab. See Setting System Attributes for the Current File.
These are just some of the color changes that you can make to customize your
Mastercam interface.
Exercise 4-3: Changing CAD Settings
In this exercise, you make changes to the CAD Settings page.
1 Select the CAD Settings page from
the list.
You will use the CAD Settings page
to specify design defaults, such as
default line and spline attributes.
2 In the Default attributes section,
select the Line style shown in the
illustration to the right.
Wireframe geometry you create will
now use this line style.
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3 Select the Line width shown in the
illustration to the right.
Wireframe geometry you create will
now use the selected line width.
4 Click OK in the System Configuration dialog box.
5 Click Yes to save all current settings to the Tutorialconfig.config file.
6 Choose Rectangle on the
Wireframe tab.
The Rectangle function panel opens.
7 Follow the prompts to create a rectangle, and then click OK in the Rectangle
function panel
The line style and width of the
geometry matches the selections in
the CAD Settings page of System
Configuration, as well as the
geometry color set in the Colors
page.
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Exercise 4-4: Changing the Size and Opacity of On-screen Controls
In this exercise you will set the size of the on-screen gnomons and text, and change
the opacity of the Selection Bar and Quick Mask buttons.
1 Click File, Configuration to open the System Configuration dialog box.
2 Select the Screen page.
3 In the Graphics window overlays section type 1.5 for Scale display
gnomons and text and press [Enter]. The size of the elements is immediately
changed in the graphics window.
4 The slider control for Selection controls opacity adjusts the opacity of the
Selection Bar and Quick Masks. The setting only affects the static display of
the on-screen controls. The Selection Bar and Quick Mask controls will
become opaque when you hover over them. Move the slider to the left to
increase transparency and to the right to increase opacity. Choose any opacity
setting you wish.
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5 Click Apply to save the settings on
this page.
6 Select Yes to save the settings to the
configuration file.
Exercise 4-5: Setting up AutoSave and Backup
When you are working on a part, Mastercam can save your work automatically, at
intervals that you specify. Mastercam can also save versions of your files as backups.
In this exercise, you set up these functions.
1 Expand the Files category and select
the AutoSave / Backup page.
2 In the AutoSave / Backup page, do the following:
 Select the AutoSave checkbox to activate the AutoSave options.
 Enter 10 for Interval (in minutes).
 Select the Mastercam Backup Files checkbox to activate the automatic
backup feature.
Mastercam will save your work automatically every 10 minutes and keep the
10 most recent versions of your file.
3 Select the Files page to view the location of your backup files.
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4 Choose Backup files (Mastercam format) in the Data paths list. The path
displays in the Selected item box as shown in the following illustration.
5 Select mcamxm.config <Metric> from the Current drop-down to enable the
Metric configuration for the remainder of this tutorial.
6 Click OK.
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NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the individual settings on
any System Configuration page, click the Help button located in the
lower right-hand corner of the dialog box.
You have now completed Lesson 4 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you will learn more about the Customize dialog box.
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INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 5
5
Customizing Mastercam
In this lesson, you learn more about the Options dialog box. Use the Options dialog
box to customize your Mastercam workspace, including tab and interface options, the
graphics window context menu, and keyboard shortcuts.
Lesson Goals
 Customize the graphics window context menu.
 Map Mastercam functions to keyboard shortcuts.
 Set display options for tabs and interface colors.
Exercise 5-1: Customizing the Graphics Window Context Menu
In this exercise, you customize the graphics window context menu that displays when
you right-click anywhere in the graphics window. Customizing the context menu
allows you quick access to your commonly used functions.
1 Click File, Options to open the Options dialog box.
2 Select the Context Menu page.
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Categories of functions are displayed on the left side of the dialog box, while
the right side contains the Context Menu list as shown in the previous
illustration.
3 Right-click the last item in the
Context Menu list and select Insert
Separator.
A separator line appears after the
last item.
4 Select File from the Category drop-
down list.
5 Select the Save As function in the Category list and SEPARATOR in the
Context Menu list, and then click Add.
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6 Click OK to save these changes to the right-click menu.
7 Right-click in the graphics window
to see the updated context menu.
Save As has been added to the
bottom of the menu.
Exercise 5-2: Mapping Functions to Keyboard Shortcuts
In this exercise, you map a Mastercam function to a shortcut key.
1 Click File, Options to open the Options dialog box.
2 Click Customize next to Keyboard
shortcuts at the bottom of the
Quick Access Toolbar page or
Customize Ribbon page.
The Customize Keyboard dialog box opens.
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3 Select Home from the Categories list.
The Commands list populates with functions from the Home tab.
4 Select Statistics from the Commands list.
You will notice that the Current Keys list is blank. That is because there are no
shortcut keys assigned to this function.
5 Click in Press new shortcut key and
type [Ctrl+Shift+H] to create a new
shortcut key.
6 Click Assign to map this shortcut
key to the Statistics function.
7 Click Close to exit the Customize Keyboard dialog box, and then OK to close
the Options dialog box.
8 In the graphics window, press [Ctrl+Shift+H] to access the Statistics function.
The Statistics dialog box displays a
summary of the entities in the
current file, including total number
of visible entities by type, and the
number of operations and tools.
In this example, Statistics reports
four lines because of the rectangle
created in the previous lesson.
9 Click OK to close Statistics.
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Exercise 5-3: Setting Mastercam Display Options
In this exercise, you set some of Mastercam’s display options.
1 Select File, Options to open the Options dialog box.
2 Select the Options page.
3 Under the Manager panels section, select Large icons.
4 Under Interface, select Medium for
the Theme and set the Accent color
to Green.
The Accent color changes the color
of the Status Bar, the active tab, and
the highlight color of functions.
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5 Click OK to close Options and view the Mastercam interface. The interface has
larger icons and the selected green theme.
6 Click File, Options and return the settings to the original options or any other
settings you choose.
You have now completed Lesson 5 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you learn more about working with files.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 6
6
Working with Files
Mastercam not only saves and loads its own file types, (.mcx-*, .mcam), but also many
common file formats, including the following:
 SOLIDWORKS
 CATIA
 AutoCAD
 IGES
 Parasolid
 ProE/Creo
 Solid Edge
 Alibre
 Autodesk Inventor
 Cadkey
 SpaceClaim
 Rhino
Loading and saving native Mastercam files is
as easy as selecting Open, Save, or Save As
from the Backstage shown to the right. You
can also choose one of these commands on
the QAT.
You can also open files by:
 Dragging a Mastercam file or thirdparty compatible file from Windows
Explorer and drop it in Mastercam’s
graphics window.
 Dragging and dropping a file onto
the Mastercam desktop icon to
open a new instance of Mastercam.
Lesson Goals
 Open a non-Mastercam file.
 Import multiple files.
 Save patterns (Save Some).
 Export one or more files.
 Use Zip2Go files.
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Exercise 6-1: Opening Non-Mastercam Part Files
Importing files from other applications is similar to opening native Mastercam files.
Depending on the file, you might need to specify how Mastercam imports elements of
the file. In this exercise, you will convert a SOLIDWORKS (.sldprt) file to a Mastercam
part.
1 Select File, Open. Click Computer
and then Browse.
The Open dialog box displays.
NOTE: Click Don’t Save if a dialog displays asking if you want to save
changes to the current Mastercam file.
2 In the Open dialog box, select
SOLIDWORKS Files (*.sldprt;
*sldasm) from the drop-down.
The dialog now displays only
SOLIDWORKS parts.
3 Navigate to SW_Part.sldprt, which was provided with this tutorial.
4 Select the file, but do not double-click it.
5 Click the Options button.
The SOLIDWORKS File Parameters
dialog box opens.
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When importing a non-Mastercam file, you might need to change the options
so that it can be read properly into Mastercam. Use these options to control
how files are read into the Mastercam database.
6 Click OK without changing anything.
7 Click Open in the Open dialog box. Mastercam converts and opens the part.
8 Right-click in the graphics window
and select Isometric (WCS) from
the menu.
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See the following illustration of the imported SOLIDWORKS file.
9 If necessary, click Outline Shaded to
view the part as a solid.
You learn more about the graphics window and views in later sections of the tutorial. If
you would like more information, you can also refer to the Mastercam Help.
Exercise 6-2: Importing Multiple Part Files
When you have many files to import into Mastercam, you can convert them all at once
using the Import Folder command.
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1 Select File, Convert and then click Import Folder.
The Import folder dialog box opens.
2 Select SOLIDWORKS Files (*.sldprt;
*sldasm, *slddrw) from the Import
from files of type drop-down.
3 Click the Browse button to the right
of the From this folder box.
The Browse For Folder dialog box
opens.
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4 Select the location where you stored
the tutorial files and then click OK.
5 Click the Browse button to the right
of the To this folder box.
6 Browse to \Documents\my
mcam2017\mcx and then click OK.
7 Click OK in the Import folder dialog
box.
Mastercam converts all
SOLIDWORKS files in the selected
tutorial files directory, but does not
display the converted files in the
graphics window. In this instance,
there is only one. You can find the
resulting Mastercam file
(SW_Part.mcam) in the \mcx folder.
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Exercise 6-3: Saving Patterns (Save Some)
A pattern is a set of reusable entities. For example, you may have a bolt that you use in
many different parts. By saving that bolt as a pattern, you can merge it with your other
parts as needed.
When you save a Mastercam part, you can choose to save the entire file or to save
only selected entities. Saving a set of selected entities is one way to create a pattern
from a part file. This exercise demonstrates the File, Save Some command, which lets
you choose the entities to save.
1 Open 2D_CHAMFER_MM.mcam, which was provided with this tutorial. In the
Open dialog box, you might need to change your file type to Mastercam
Files (*.mcam).
2 Select File, Save Some.
3 Choose Wireframe on the Status
Bar to show the wireframe of the
solid body making it easier to select
the arcs.
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4 Select the five arcs shown in the picture below. The arcs change color when
they are selected.
5 Press [Enter] to accept the selection. The Save As dialog box opens.
6 Type 2D_CHAMFER_ARCS.mcam for the File name.
7 Click Save or press [Enter] to save the file. Mastercam saves only the selected
arcs.
8 Open 2D_CHAMFER_ARCS.mcam, and notice that it contains only the arcs that
you selected.
Exercise 6-4: Exporting a Single File
When exporting, you might need to set a few options so that you get the type of file
you expect. In most cases, you need only select the software package to which you are
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exporting the file. In this exercise, you learn to convert a single file from one format to
another.
1 Open 2D_CHAMFER_MM.mcam, which was provided with this tutorial.
2 Select File, Save As and then click Browse.
The Save As dialog box opens.
3 Select StereoLithography Files
(*.stl) in the Save as type dropdown list.
4 Click Options.
The Save as an STL File dialog box
opens.
5 Select the ASCII option.
6 Click OK to close the Save as an STL File dialog box.
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7 Click Save in the Save As dialog box.
Mastercam saves the file in ASCII StereoLithography format.
TIP: Because the StereoLithography file is ASCII, you can view it with
any text editor, such as Notepad, as shown below.
Exercise 6-5: Exporting Multiple Files
When you have many Mastercam files to export into a different format, you can
convert them simultaneously using the Export Folder command. This exercise
demonstrates how this function works.
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1 Select File, Convert and then click Export Folder.
The Export folder dialog box opens.
2 Select IGES Files (*.igs, *iges) from
the Export to files of type dropdown.
3 Click the Browse button to the right
of the From this folder box.
The Browse For Folder dialog box
opens.
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4 Select the directory where you
stored the tutorial parts, and then
click OK.
5 Click the Browse button to the right
of the To this folder box.
6 Browse to \Documents\my
mcam2017\mcx and click OK.
7 Click OK in the Export folder dialog
box.
Mastercam converts the files in the
selected tutorial folder. You can find
the resulting IGES files in your \mcx
folder.
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Exercise 6-6: Using Zip2Go
You use the Zip2Go utility to gather and compress the current open Mastercam part
data into a .ZIP or .Z2G file. These files can then be opened and viewed with most zip/
unzip programs. This is especially useful if you are trying to share information with
other users or technical support.
Zip2Go scans the machine groups in your current file and captures certain information
such as your Mastercam configuration, machine definition, post files, tool and material
libraries, and other necessary files. In this exercise, you run Zip2Go to compress a file.
1 Open Brace.mcam, which was provided with this tutorial.
2 Select File, Zip2Go.
The Zip2Go dialog box opens.
Use this dialog box to create and view Zip2Go files. The file list displays
information about the files contained in the Zip2Go archive. You can also
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select files that you want, and deselect files that you do not want to include in
the Zip2Go file. For this tutorial, you keep the default settings.
3 Select File, Options from the menu
bar.
The Options dialog box opens.
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Use this dialog box to configure the default settings for Zip2Go. Make sure
the current default output folder is your \Documents folder.
4 Click OK to close the Options dialog box.
5 Click Create Zip2Go.
The Save Zip2Go file dialog box opens. By default, Mastercam creates a
zipped file with a .ZIP extension in the selected folder. You can change the file
type to .Z2G in the Save as type drop-down.
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6 Click Save. The Zip2Go file list is populated by files included in the Zip2Go file
you created.
7 Click OK to close the Zip2Go dialog box.
NOTE: If the part file contains no toolpaths, Zip2Go will only package
the configuration files.
You have now completed Lesson 6 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next section, you will learn more about the graphics window and related functions.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 7
7
Working With the Graphics Window
The graphics window is your workspace in the Mastercam interface.
Mastercam provides many tools you can use to change the graphics window display
to suit your needs. This section introduces some of these tools, and teaches the basic
skills you need to manage your Mastercam workspace.
Lesson Goals
 Customize on-screen prompts.
 Change standard views.
Exercise 7-1: Customizing Function Prompts
When you use a function that requires your input, such as selecting an entity,
Mastercam provides brief directions in a prompt. You can customize these prompts to
change their size, text color, background color, and position on the screen.
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In this first lesson, you alter the size and appearance of the function prompts.
1 Click File, New.
2 On the Wireframe tab, select Point
Position.
The Point Position function panel
opens.
Notice the prompt displayed in the upper left corner of the graphics window.
3 Right-click the prompt and select
Small font.
The prompt now displays smaller as
shown in the illustration to the right.
4 Right-click the prompt and select
Background color.
The Colors dialog box opens.
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5 Enter 167 in the Current color
attribute box.
6 Click OK to change the background
color and exit the Colors dialog box.
The function prompt now displays
with a blue background.
NOTE: If you try to make the prompt color the same as the background
color, a warning displays.
7 Move the function prompt by clicking and dragging it to a new location on
your screen.
8 Return the prompt to its default attributes for the remainder of this tutorial,
by doing the following:
a Set the font size to Large font.
b Set the Background color to 15.
9 Click Cancel to close the Point Position function panel.
Exercise 7-2: Changing Standard Views
In this exercise, you change your graphics view (Gview) using standard views.
1 Open ANGLEBLOCK-MM.mcam, which
was provided with this tutorial. The
part opens in Isometric (WCS) view.
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2 Click the Show Axes drop-down on
the View tab and deselect World,
Cplane, and Tplane, ensuring only
WCS remains selected.
The coordinate axes show the origin
and the part orientation to help you
visualize the part in 3D space.
3 Click Show Axes on the View tab or
press [F9] to toggle the display of
the WCS axes.
4 Click the Show Gnomons drop-
down on the View tab and deselect
Cplane and Tplane, ensuring only
WCS is selected.
5 Click Show Gnomons or press
[Alt+F9] to toggle the display of the
on-screen gnomon.
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6 On the View tab, click Top in the
Graphics View group.
7 Click Unzoom 80% on the View tab
to reduce the size of the part on the
screen.
You are now viewing the part as if you were above it looking down.
8 You can also use the right-click
menu to change the view. Practice
switching to other views using this
menu.
9 When finished, return the part to Isometric view for the next lesson.
10 Click Show Gnomons to turn off the display of gnomons in the graphics
window.
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You have now completed Lesson 7 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you learn more about viewing your part.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 8
8
Viewing Your Part
Mastercam provides several tools and methods for changing the appearance of the
geometry and toolpaths in the graphics window. In this lesson, you learn different
ways of viewing your part, to hide portions of your part, and to create and use Viewsheets.
Lesson Goals
 Fit all entities in the graphics window.
 Use zoom functions to magnify your view of selected entities.
 Dynamically rotate and pan entities in the graphics window.
 Create a viewsheet.
 Blank and hide entities.
Exercise 8-1: Viewing All Entities
In this exercise, you set up your graphics window to view all entities in a Mastercam
part file.
1 If necessary, open the tutorial part ANGLEBLOCK-MM.mcam. Change your view
to Isometric, and press [F9] to show the axes.
2 Choose Fit on the View tab or press
[Alt+F1].
Fit and several other Zoom
commands are also available in the
right-click menu.
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The part now fills the entire graphics window.
3 Choose View, Unzoom 50% to decrease the size of the display to 50%. This
creates a border of free space around the part.
Exercise 8-2: Zooming In and Out
In this exercise, you practice different techniques for viewing specific areas of detail in
a Mastercam part.
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1 Place your cursor in the upper left
quadrant of the graphics window.
2 If your mouse has a middle mouse wheel, spin it back and forth to
dynamically zoom in and out. You can also press the [Page Up] and [Page
Down] keys on your keyboard to zoom in and out.
3 Click Fit or press [Alt+F1] to fit the part to the screen.
4 Choose Window.
5 Click and drag a diagonal window around the upper section of the part as
shown below.
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6 Click to set the zoom window. Mastercam scales the selected area to fit the
entire graphics window.
7 Right-click the graphics window and choose Fit.
8 Select the circle on the front of the
angle block as shown in the
illustration.
9 Choose Selected from the Window
drop-down on the View tab.
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The selected entity is scaled to fit the graphics window.
10 Press [Esc] to clear the selection.
Exercise 8-3: Rotating Your Part View
This exercise shows how to set the preference for the action your middle mouse
button or wheel performs in the graphics window (rotate or pan). You also learn to
dynamically rotate entities in the graphics window so that you can see them from any
angle.
1 Select File, Configuration to open
System Configuration.
2 Expand the Screen group and select
View Settings.
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3 If necessary, set Middle button/
wheel to Rotate.
By choosing Rotate, Mastercam sets
dynamic rotation as the primary
function when you click and hold the
middle mouse button or mouse
wheel.
4 Click OK to close the System Configuration dialog box and then click No, to
use these settings for this session only.
5 Set up the part in the graphics window, as follows:
a Set the Gview to Front.
b Click Unzoom 80%.
6 Middle-click in the graphics window where indicated below and continue to
hold down the middle mouse button or wheel as you move the mouse slowly
in a circular motion.
This action rotates the part in space about the selected position and lets you
see it from any angle.
7 Let go of the middle mouse button/wheel to finish rotating the part.
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The axes symbol (gnomon) in the
graphics window changes as you
rotate the part. The Gview name in
the graphics window no longer
displays because you are not in a
standard view.
8 Return the view to Isometric, and fit the part to the screen.
TIP: You can also choose Dynamic Rotation from the right-click menu
and follow the on-screen prompts to rotate the part.
Exercise 8-4: Panning You Part
In this exercise, you change your view in the graphics window as if you were moving a
camera lens to the left or right, and up and down over the part.
1 Hold down the [Shift] key, middle-click in the graphics window where
indicated, and continue to hold down the button/wheel while you move the
mouse up, down, side to side, and around.
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It appears that you have picked up the part and are moving it in the direction
of the mouse. However, the entities are not physically moved in space, only
the display changes. The Gview does not change as you pan the entities.
2 Release the [Shift] key while still holding down the middle mouse button/
wheel and you can rotate the part. Press the [Shift] again to return to
panning.
3 When you finish panning, release the [Shift] key and the middle mouse
button/wheel at the same time to exit the function.
Exercise 8-5: Using Viewsheets
Mastercam allows you to view your part in different orientations by using viewsheets.
Viewsheets make viewing a large part easier, as you can set up multiple viewsheets
with different views. When you save your part file, Mastercam stores the viewsheet
settings along with the part.
In this exercise, you create a viewsheet.
At the bottom of the graphics window,
notice a tab named Viewsheet #1. This is the
main view of your part and cannot be
deleted.
1 If necessary, fit the part to the graphics window and set the view to Isometric.
2 Choose New in the Viewsheets
group on the View tab. Alternately,
you can right-click Viewsheet #1
and select New Viewsheet from the
menu.
3 Press [Enter] to accept the default
name.
Viewsheet #2 is created and
displayed next to Viewsheet #1.
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4 Right-click in the graphics window
and select Right (WCS) to view the
part on its right side.
5 Select Viewsheet #1 again.
Notice that the view did not change on Viewsheet #1. Each viewsheet can
contain different views and planes.
6 Right-click Viewsheet #1 and select
Settings from the menu.
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The Viewsheet Settings dialog box opens.
You can use the Viewsheet Settings dialog box to indicate which settings to
save to the viewsheets. These settings only apply to the selected viewsheet
tab.
7 Click OK to exit the Viewsheet Settings dialog box without changing anything.
Exercise 8-6: Blanking and Hiding Entities
In larger and more complicated parts, it can be difficult to select geometry for toolpaths or geometry manipulation. Mastercam allows you to Blank entities, which
removes selected entities (from any level) to reduce screen clutter.
Similar to Blank is Hide. With Hide, you select the entities that will remain in the
graphics window; all unselected entities are removed. Both functions have their benefits, but consider these differences:
 You can save blanked entities; hidden entities are not saved.
 Choose Hide/Unhide to remove many entities from the display, or to quickly
restore hidden entities.
 Choose Blank to selectively remove and restore a limited number of entities
from the display. Choose Unblank to restore blanked entities.
In this exercise, you first blank and unblank geometry, and then hide and unhide
geometry.
1 Open BLANK_PART.mcam, which was provided with this tutorial.
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If prompted to save ANGLEBLOCK-MM.mcam, choose Don’t Save.
2 On the Home tab, select Blank.
Mastercam then prompts you to
select entities to blank.
3 Select the geometry shown below:
4 Press [Enter] or choose End
Selection located below the
Selection Bar to accept the
selections.
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The selected geometry no longer displays in the graphics window.
Now, you will unblank the geometry selected in the previous steps.
5 Select Unblank from the Blank
drop-down.
The graphics window changes to
display entities that have been
blanked, so that you can select
which ones to unblank and which
ones to keep hidden.
6 Select all of the blanked entities and press [Enter]. The part should be whole
again.
Next, you use the Hide/Unhide function.
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7 Select Hide/Unhide.
Mastercam prompts you to select
which entities to keep.
8 Select the geometry shown below:
9 Press [Enter] or choose End Selection to accept the selection.
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The graphics window hides the unselected geometry.
Next, you unhide the geometry using Unhide Some.
10 Select Unhide Some.
Mastercam then prompts you to
select entities to keep on the screen.
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11 Select the geometry shown below:
12 Press [Enter] to accept the selections.
Mastercam unhides the selected geometry. Any geometry that was hidden
and not selected remains hidden.
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13 Click Hide/Unhide to show all entities.
You have now completed Lesson 8 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you learn more about levels.
INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 9
9
Working With Levels
A Mastercam file can contain separate levels for wireframe, solids, surfaces, drafting
entities, toolpaths, and other part data. Organizing your file data by levels lets you
control the areas of the drawing that are visible and the entities you can select in the
graphics window.
This control makes it easier to work with the file and helps prevent you from affecting
areas of the drawing you do not want to change.
You can create and name up to two billion levels and set any one to be the active,
current working level. For each level you create, you assign a unique number and,
optionally, a name. Mastercam’s Levels Manager provides a central location where you
can view and create levels, and set their properties.
Lesson Goals
 Explore the Levels Manager.
 Modify the Levels Manager display options.
 Turn level displays off and on.
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 Change the active level.
 Create a new level.
 Move selected entities to a different level.
Exercise 9-1: Exploring the Levels Manager
When first opening a Mastercam file, you may not be aware of all entities in the part
because they may exist on levels that are not displayed in the graphics window. It is a
good practice to first access the Levels Manager and view all of the levels in the file.
The Levels Manager is movable and dockable. You can dock it to a fixed location on
the interface, float it anywhere on the workspace, or move it to another monitor. These
settings are modal, which means that Mastercam remembers the settings even after
you close the application.
In this exercise, you explore the Levels Manager and modify some display options.
1 Open LEVELS_PART.mcam, which was provided with the tutorial and save it
with a new name.
If prompted to save BLANK_PART-MM.mcam, choose Don’t Save.
2 Click the Levels tab and drag and
drop it anywhere on the workspace.
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If the Levels tab does not show,
select Levels in the Managers
group of the View tab.
3 Resize the Levels Manager by
clicking and dragging any of its
edges.
The Levels Manager shows all levels that exist in the current part file, their display
status, and the number of entities per level.
The checkmark in
the Number column
indicates the current
active level.
Use any column
heading to sort the
levels grid. To sort,
click the column
heading. To change
the sort order
(ascending or
descending), click
again.
Active level
parameters display
in this section.
Use these
options to filter
the levels grid.
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4 Click Hide level properties to hide
the property controls in the lower
section of the Levels Manager and
maximize the space allotted to the
levels grid.
5 Click Hide level properties again to
show the controls at the bottom of
the Levels Manager.
6 Click Display options, Contrast
rows to apply shading to every
other row used in the grid.
7 Dock or locate the Levels Manager in a convenient location.
In the next exercise, you learn to turn level displays on and off.
Exercise 9-2: Showing or Hiding Levels
In this exercise, you change the graphics window display by turning level display on
and off. To select or otherwise work with an entity in the graphics window, its level
must be visible.
1 In the Visible column for level
2:Solid, click once to turn off the
display of that level.
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The change is immediate in the graphics window.
If necessary, drag the Levels Manager to a position that gives you a better
view of the graphics window.
2 Click again in the Visible column for level 2:Solid to toggle the level display
on.
3 Try turning off the display of level
1:Wireframe.
When Active level is always visible
is selected in Display options, you
cannot turn off the active level
display in the graphics window.
!
CAUTION: Turning off the display of the active level while you are
working in that level is not recommended. However, it may occasionally
be necessary.
4 Click Display options and deselect
Active level is always visible.
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5 Use Turn all levels off and Turn all
levels on options to toggle the
display of all levels on or off.
6 Select Active level is always visible
again.
7 Make sure all levels are visible before continuing on to the next exercise.
Exercise 9-3: Changing the Active Level
Any geometry that you create is always placed on the active level. There can only be
one active level at a time, but you can change the active level as often as necessary to
work with the part. In this exercise, you change the active level using several methods.
1 In the Levels Manager, click once in
the Number column of level 2:Solid
to set it as the active level. A
checkmark indicates that it is now
the active level.
The level field located in the
Organize group on the Home tab
also shows that level 2:Solid is the
active level.
2 Select level number 1:Wireframe
from the levels drop-down to make
it the active level.
A checkmark appears in the
Number column for level 1.
3 In the Levels Manager, turn off the visibility of level 2:Solids.
4 Position the cursor anywhere in the
row for level 2:Solids, right-click and
choose Make active.
A checkmark appears in the
Number column for level 2.
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Level 2:Solids is also visible because
the Levels Manager display option,
Active level is always visible is
selected.
Exercise 9-4: Creating a Level and Assigning Entities
In this exercise, you create and name a level, and then assign entities to that level.
1 In the Levels Manager, click Add a
new level.
Mastercam adds a new level to the
Levels Manager grid and sets it as
the active level.
2 In the Name field, type Tutorial.
The Levels Manager grid updates to
show the new name. Although level
names are optional, descriptive
names are helpful.
3 Make level 1:Wireframe the active level.
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4 Use the Display options in the lower
section of the Levels Manager to
control the visibility of levels. You
can show only used levels (those
assigned to entities), levels that are
named, (regardless of whether they
are used), either used or named
levels, or limit the display to a range
of level numbers.
5 Click Used and notice that level
3:Tutorial is no longer visible
because there are no entities
assigned to it.
6 Click Used or named to restore visibility of all levels.
7 Make level 3:Tutorial the active level.
8 Select Point Position on the
Wireframe menu.
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9 Click a few times in different places in the graphics window to create some
points.
10 Click OK on the Point Position
function panel to exit the function.
11 Verify that the new geometry was
created on level 3:Tutorial. In the
Levels Manager the number of
Entities is not 0.
NOTE: Your number of points may be different than what is shown in
the previous illustrations.
12 Practice turning level displays on and off and changing the main level.
When you are ready, turn on the visibility for all levels and continue with the
next exercise.
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Exercise 9-5: Moving Entities to a Different Level
In this exercise, you create a new level using a different method and move entities
from one level to another. You can use the same basic procedure to copy entities to a
different level.
1 In the Levels Manager, enter 4 in the
Number field, and then enter Labels
for the level Name.
The new level, 4:Labels becomes the
active level.
2 Make level 1:Wireframe the active level.
3 On the Home tab, click Change
Level.
4 Mastercam prompts you to select
entities. Use the following steps to
select all labels located on level
1:Wireframe.
a Choose the Quick Mask, Select
all advanced.
The Select All dialog box
displays.
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b In the Select All dialog box,
create a selection mask for all of
the label entities.
A selection mask is a defined set
of criteria that you use to quickly
select entities in the graphics
window.
 Select the Entities checkbox.
 Expand the Drafting node
and select Labels in the list.
 Click OK.
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In the graphics window, Mastercam highlights all the notes, indicating that
they are all selected.
5 Press [Enter] or choose End Selection located below the Selection Bar.
6 The Change Levels dialog box displays.
TIP: You can also use general selection methods to pre-select entities
before choosing the Change Level option. When you pre-select entities,
Mastercam does not prompt you to select additional entities and you
advance directly to the Change Levels dialog box.
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7 In the Change Levels dialog box
complete the following steps:
a Choose Move.
b Deselect the Use Active Level
checkbox.
c Type 4 in Number.
d Click OK.
8 In the Levels Manager, verify that
level 4:Labels now contains the four
label entities that were on level 1.
Level 1:Wireframe contains four
fewer entities.
9 Save your part.
You have now completed Lesson 9 of the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. In the
next lesson, you will learn more about views and planes.
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INTRODUCTION TO MASTERCAM
LESSON 10
10
Understanding Views and Planes
Mastercam uses a 3D Cartesian coordinate system to locate your work in three-dimensional space. This means that geometry and toolpath positions are expressed in terms
of three coordinate axes: X, Y, and Z. Each axis is signed, which means it has a positive
and negative direction.
In previous lessons, you learned about standard views and planes. In this lesson, you
learn more about creating your own planes and using them for geometry creation.
Lesson Goals
 Understand views and planes.
 Customize the Planes Manager.
 Adjust follow rules.
 Create a custom plane.
 Use a custom plane for geometry creation.
 Create a new plane using the dynamic gnomon.
Exercise 10-1: Exploring the Planes Manager
You use views and planes in Mastercam for many drawing and machining purposes.
A plane is any two-dimensional slice of a 3D coordinate system. Examples of planes
include the XY plane in a 3D coordinate system, or a face of your part, no matter its
angle.
A view is a plane with an origin and orientation. For example, the Left side view and
Right side view are both aligned with the same plane; but a clockwise arc in one view is
the opposite of a clockwise arc in the other view.
Mastercam includes a number of pre-defined views, which you explored in Lesson 7.
These include Top, Front, Right, Isometric, and others.
The work coordinate system (WCS) refers to the alignment of the coordinate system
itself. You can choose to align the coordinate system axes with any plane you wish.
When this happens, you map the XY plane to the plane of the view. The origin of the
view becomes your new (0,0,0) point. The view becomes the Top plane in the new
working coordinate system.
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NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the work coordinate
system, try the Introduction to the Work Coordinate System tutorial
located on our website.
This section introduces some ways planes are used and some ways to access them.
You can use views and planes for three main functions:
 Graphic views (Gviews)— A Gview determines the angle from which you are
looking at the part in the graphics window.
 Construction planes (Cplanes)—When you draw geometry, the Cplane is the
plane in which the geometry is created. This does not have to be the same as
the Gview. For example, you can look at your part in Isometric Gview, while
drawing geometry in the Front Cplane.
 Tool planes (Tplanes)— This is the plane that is typically normal to the tool
axis. Tplanes are only used when creating toolpaths. Tool planes determine
the tool orientation. In almost all cases, your Cplane will be the same as your
Tplane (the most common exceptions are mill/turn operations).
You use Planes Manager to select, edit, create, and manage planes.
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Some of the functions of the Planes Manager include:
 Creating new planes
 Setting Cplanes, Tplanes, and WCS to selected planes
 Setting or changing the origin of planes
 Assigning work offsets to planes
In this exercise you will open the Planes Manager and experiment with display options
and follow rules.
1 Open BRACE.mcam, which was provided with the tutorial. Save the file with a
new name.
2 If necessary, click Outline Shaded
on the Status Bar to show the part as
a solid.
3 Select the Planes tab to bring the
Planes Manager to the front. If the
Planes tab is not displayed, select
Planes on the View tab.
4 Click Display options, Always
display gnomon.
The gnomon for the currently
selected plane displays in the
graphics window whether or not the
Planes Manager has focus.
5 Choose Display options, Contrast
Rows to customize the planes grid
by shading every other used row.
6 Click the Follow rules drop-down to
view the current settings as shown in
the illustration. With the current
settings, when you change the
Gview of a plane, the Cplane and
Tplane will follow.
Do not alter any settings.
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7 Click in the G column of the Bottom
plane to set the Gview to bottom.
Note that Cplane and Tplane follow
the Gview as directed by the follow
rules.
8 Choose the Follow rules drop-down
and deselect Cplane follows Gview.
9 Click in the G column of the Top
plane to set the Gview to top. Note
that Cplane and Tplane no longer
follow the Gview as directed by the
new follow rules.
10 Click the Follow rules drop-down
and reselect Cplane follows Gview.
11 Click in the G column of the Iso
plane to return the Gview to
isometric. Note that Cplane and
Tplane remain in the Top plane as
the follow rule, Cplane = Top in Iso
Gview is selected.
Exercise 10-2: Creating a Custom Plane
In this exercise, you create a custom plane aligned with the slanted face of the part
and add it to the list of system planes.
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1 Select From solid face in the Create
a new plane drop-down.
2 Select the slanted face of the part, shown below:
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3 In the Select plane dialog box, click the arrows to cycle through the possible
views. For most applications, it make sense to have +Z pointing away from the
part.
4 Cycle to the view shown in the following illustration.
5 Click OK in the Select plane dialog box.
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The New Plane dialog box opens.
6 Enter FACE OF PART as the Name
of the new plane.
7 Select Set as Cplane.
8 Click Select to choose a new point
for the origin.
9 Select the point at the lower-right
corner of the face.
10 Click OK to close the New Plane dialog box.
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Your new plane, FACE OF PART
displays in the planes grid.
Exercise 10-3: Using a Custom Plane for Drawing Geometry
In this exercise, you create geometry using the new Cplane. You see that the new
plane determines the orientation of the geometry. You then set the Gview to the new
plane.
1 Select Circle Center Point from the
Wireframe tab.
2 Select Origin from the AutoCursor
drop-down on the Selection Bar.
3 In the Circle Center Point function
panel, enter a Radius of 80.0 and
then click OK.
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Mastercam creates a circle that is
aligned with the face of the part. It is
centered on the origin on the
custom plane not the system origin.
4 Click View, Show Axes and turn on
all the axes.
5 If necessary, press [F9] to display the XYZ axes. Each axes type displays in a
different color. Since Cplane and Tplane are the same, the axes display as
dotted lines. Experiment by turning individual axes on and off.
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6 In the Planes Manager, click in the G column of the FACE OF PART plane to
set the Gview.
You are now looking straight down into the face of the part. The Gview is
aligned with the custom plane that you just created.
7 Save your part.
Exercise 10-4: Creating a New Plane Using the Dynamic Gnomon
In this exercise you will create a new plane using the on-screen dynamic gnomon.
When creating a new plane using this method, the gnomon is initially oriented to the
current Gview.
1 In Planes Manager, click the G column in the Iso row to return the part to
isometric view.
2 Click Window on the View tab.
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3 Draw a box around the area of the part shown in the following illustration to
zoom in.
4 Hover over the on-screen, dynamic
gnomon until it glows.
5 Click and drag the gnomon to the position shown in the following illustration.
Click to set the position.
The Dynamic Plane dialog box opens.
The gnomon is initially oriented to the current Iso Gview.
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6 To change the orientation of the
dynamic gnomon, hover over the
blue arc until the rotational compass
appears.
7 Click the blue arc and rotate the
gnomon from within the compass
until it is at 90 degrees. Click to set
the location. (Rotating within the
compass snaps in angular
increments.)
Alternately you can enter 90.00 in
the on-screen edit field and press
[Enter] twice.
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8 In the Dynamic Plane dialog box,
type DYNAMIC PLANE as the
Name of the plane.
9 Click OK to close the Dynamic Plane
dialog box.
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The Cplane and Tplane axes indicate the location of the new plane origin as
shown in the following illustration.
10 DYNAMIC PLANE appears in the
Planes Manager designated as the
Cplane and Tplane.
Conclusion
Congratulations! You have completed the Introduction to Mastercam tutorial. Now
that you have mastered the skills in this tutorial, explore Mastercam’s other features
and functions.
You may be interested in other tutorials that we offer. The Mastercam tutorial series is
in continual development, and we will add modules as we complete them. Visit our
website, or select Help, Tutorials from the File tab to see the latest publications.
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Mastercam Resources
Enhance your Mastercam experience by using the following resources:
 Mastercam Help—Access Mastercam Help by selecting Help, Contents from
Mastercam’s File tab or by pressing [Alt+H] on your keyboard. Also, most
dialog boxes, function panels, and ribbon bars feature a Help button that
opens Mastercam Help directly to related information.
 Mastercam Reseller—Your local Mastercam Reseller can help with most
questions about Mastercam.
 Technical Support—CNC Software’s Technical Support department (860-8755006 or support@mastercam.com) is open Monday through Friday from 8:00
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time.
 Mastercam Tutorials—CNC offers a series of tutorials to help registered users
become familiar with basic Mastercam features and functions. The Mastercam
tutorial series is in continual development, with new modules added as we
complete them. Visit our website, or select Tutorials from the Help menu to
see the latest publications.
 Mastercam University—CNC Software sponsors Mastercam University, an
affordable online learning platform that gives you 24/7 access to Mastercam
training materials. Take advantage of more than 180 videos to master your
skills at your own pace and help prepare yourself for Mastercam Certification.
For more information on Mastercam University, please contact your
Authorized Mastercam Reseller, visit www.mastercamu.com, or email
training@mastercam.com.
 Online communities— You can find a wealth of information, including many
videos, at www.mastercam.com. For tech tips and the latest Mastercam news,
follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mastercam), Twitter
(www.twitter.com/mastercam), or Google+ (plus.google.com/+mastercam).
Visit our YouTube channel to see Mastercam in action (www.youtube.com/
user/MastercamCadCam)!
Registered users can search for information or ask questions on the
Mastercam Web forum, forum.mastercam.com, or use the knowledge base at
kb.mastercam.com.
To register, select Community, Link Account from the File tab, and follow
the instructions.
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Mastercam Documentation
Mastercam installs the following documents in the \Documentation folder of your
Mastercam installation:
 What’s New in Mastercam 2017
 Mastercam 2017 Installation Guide
 Mastercam 2017 Administrator Guide
 Mastercam 2017 Transition Guide
 Mastercam 2017 Quick Reference Card
 Mastercam 2017 ReadMe
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