1. Save the zip file containing the post from your email to an appropriate place such as the desktop.
2. Extract the files from the zip file to a folder. This will create a folder with the files.
3. 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 Mcam2017\lathe\Posts
- C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam2017\mill\Posts
- C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam2017\router\Posts
- C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\shared Mcam2017\wire\Posts
4. 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 Mcam2017\CNC_MACHINES.
5. 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.
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.
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.
6. In the Operations Manager, click the “+” beside Properties and then click Files.
7. In the Machine Group Properties window, select the Replace folder.
8. Select the machine definition file even if it is selected already.
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.