How-to: Setting up a job in Mastercam Mill-Turn

Mastercam’s Mill-Turn product for X7 is a tool to simplify the task of programming for complex machines with multiple turrets and spindles. Below you’ll see a video addressing specifically how to set up a job in Mastercam Mill-Turn, but there are three areas in the programming process that are now much easier to accomplish with Mastercam Mill-Turn: job setup, syncing operation, and machine simulation.

1) Job Setup:

All you need to do to set up a job is to complete the list of settings in the job setup dialog box that opens when you select a Mill-Turn machine:

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Each topic takes you through the setup process for part transfer. What you select: transfer, bar pull, cutoff, or just transfer, is remembered and incorporated into the setup. You select the part, the stock, where the left spindle holds the part, the origin for each spindle and where the right spindle holds the part.

The programming is pretty straight forward with some nice touches. Axis combination & creating planes for milling is now much easier with Mill-Turn as well.

2) Sync Manager

What really shines in Mill-Turn is the new Sync Manager that pops up when you click the G1 icon. You can sync operations with a simple drag and drop. Below, the Lathe Face Retract from the upper turret was dragged and dropped on top of the Lathe Rough Approach in the lower turret.

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So now the rough operation waits for face operation to finish before starting. Nice!

3) Machine Simulation

And last, but certainly not least, you get to see the whole thing run in your machine:

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When you purchase Mastercam’s Mill-Turn, you get a machine. Actually it’s a .machine; this file combines all the information needed to process your operation, sync, create G-code, and simulate your machine. The file actually contains settings specific to your exact machine, not a generic representation of your machine. This means no more tweaking LMD and control files. No more worrying about where the .pst file is. It’s just one .machine file!

Questions about Mill-Turn? Comments? Contact Prism Engineering’s Mastercam Tech Team, or comment below!

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