Mill-Turn Part 3: Best Practices Workflow

Getting in Sync with Mill-Turn

A CAD/CAM approach for making the most out of your multistream manufacturing investments
Mastercam Mill-Turn

Part 3 of 4: Best Practices Workflow

Mastercam’s meticulously researched Mill-Turn workflow guides users through a series of clear best-practices that streamline the generation of safe, efficient programs. This makes it easy for the programmer to focus on the specific phases of the workflow one step at a time.

Intelligent job setups are keyed to the exact machine the shop is using. Intelligent work plane selection makes it easy to call up and select the spindle and turret the operator intends to use and create machining strategies with Mastercam’s proven milling and lathe toolpaths.

Your workflow is easy: Choose your machine and Mastercam Mill-Turn automates part transfers, tool planes, stock definition, and setup. Then apply your toolpaths and syncing, verify your project with simulation, and post your code. Changes along the way are fast and easy – the way programming should be.

Mastercam’s Streamlined Workflow: 

  • Job Setup: Choose the initial machine environment. Mastercam uses it to automate part transfers, tool plane creation, stock definition, setup, and multi-stream machining.
  • Tooling and Toolpaths: Mastercam Mill-Turn combines powerful milling and turning strategies with automated tool planes, simplified toolpath and tooling selection (including multi-station and half-index tool support), and fast axis combination definitions. This eliminates many of the common programming complexities, saving you time and effort.
  • Automated Part Transfer: Proven, pre-defined strategies simplify the part transfer process and ensure it works the first time.
  • Interactive Synchronization Management: The Sync Manager lets you quickly sync operations across multiple streams, customize G-code output, and provides visual cues to help you optimize toolpath sequencing and the code sent to your machine.
  • Machine Simulation: Simulate machining operations, syncing across multiple streams, part transfers, and highlight any potential timing issues or collisions.
  • Post and Go: Send G-code to your machine, confident that it will run with little or no modification needed by the operator.

Users have reported that this Mill-Turn work flow not only helped them develop better quality part programs faster, but it also expedited their familiarity with the specific equipment they were using.

Part 1: Getting in Sync with Mill-Turn – Introduction
Part 2: Posts are Critical
Part 4: Running Efficiently with Confidence

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