Post Install Instructions – Mastercam

Post Install Instructions for Mastercam

Note: At any point that (version) is present, enter/insert/reference the version of Mastercam in question.
ie. A path states as ‘C:\Program Files\mcam(version)\common’

Save the zip file containing the post from your email to an appropriate place such as the desktop.
Extract the files from the zip file to a folder. This will create a folder with the files.
Copy and paste the post file(s) (.pst and .psb if applicable) into the appropriate ‘Posts’ folder in your Mastercam shared directories. Please note the directories below are the default directories.
C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam(version)\lathe\Posts
C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam(version)\mill\Posts
C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam(version)\router\Posts
C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam(version)\wire\Posts

Copy and paste the machine definition (.mcam-mmd, .mcam-lmd, .mcam-rmd, .mcam-wmd) and control definition (.mcam-control) into the “CNC_MACHINES” folder of your Mastercam shared folder.
C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam(version)\CNC_MACHINES

Go back to Mastercam and add the machine to the appropriate Machine Type list if it does not already exist. To add a machine to the Machine Type list, select the MACHINE tab. Then under the appropriate Machine Type (Mill, Lathe, Mill-Turn, Wire, Router), select Manage List from the drop down.

File Machine Mill Manage List Window

Then select the machine from the list and click Add. To close the window, click the check mark. Once the machine has been added, select it from the menu to make it active.

Machine Definition Menu Management

If you are getting a new machine definition or control definition and need to update the machine definition in a Mastercam file that had the previous version of the machine/control definition loaded, follow the steps below.
In the Operations Manager, click the “+” beside Properties and then click Files.

Toolpaths Properties - Mill Default

Toolpaths Files

In the Machine Group Properties window, select the Replace folder.

Machine Group Properties, select the replace folder

Select the machine definition file even if it is selected already.

pick the machine definition and choose open window

This will load the new machine definition and control definition settings into your current Mastercam file and overwrite the old settings which the current file is using.
Note: Be sure to replace the machine definitions using the above steps whenever new machine and control definitions are received from your Mastercam reseller. Always keep a back-up copy of your existing machine and control definitions along with the post.


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