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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 13:14
robertmonroe
Just call me: Robert
 
El Paso
United States of America
Mastercam X3?

Would Mastercam X3 be a good choice for software to contral a MechMate?
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 17:32
Doug_Ford
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Conway (Arkansas)
United States of America
I don't know anything about Mastercam. I believe everyone here is using Mach3 to control our MMs. Various CAM programs are being used to produce gcode. SheetCAM is what I use and it seems to be pretty popular.
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 18:05
Art
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Lancaster,Texas
United States of America
mastercam

I have trying to learn Mastercam 8.11. It has done a great job creating the g code so far.
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 20:39
smreish
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Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Robert,
MasterCAM x3 is a great, fully functioning CAM software package. It's huge, big learning curve and used in most major manufacturing businesses where 25 tool selections and multiple axis' of operation are required (like a turret mill)
If your CNC needs require it, and your machine supports the functionality - then move forward with MCx3.

My personal favorites (this week anyway ) in personal order:
- Vectric 2d/3d (aspire is the newest part of the family)
- ArtCAM pro
- RhinoCAM wth 4th axis module is a tied second with Artcam
- Enroute Pro

- Lazy CAM - dead last. It works, but really bare bones.

My specific needs require a lot of 3d work, thus the reason for my CAM package selections.
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 21:38
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Quote:
Originally Posted by robertmonroe View Post
Would Mastercam X3 be a good choice for software to control a MechMate?
Robert, I suggest you put Mastercam out of your mind for the time being . . . . .

To "control" a CNC router, you need to feed it a computer file containing G-code. All CNC routers want to see G-Code files as their input. Mastercam is one of the options of software that produce G-Code.

The actual "control" of the router, reading the G-Code and making the motors move, the program loaded on your router's PC, is something else completely. For us, the popular choice is the Mach3 program.
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 23:30
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
Well I have been given Mastercam X3 as a gift so I want to learn it. I also do a lot of 3D rendering in 3D Studio Max and most of our solid modeling is done in Solidworks or Inventor.

Whatever gets the job done is good.
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Old Tue 25 November 2008, 23:33
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
Oh Yeah I have Mach3 too, it was left over for some other project for a Plasma cutter that never got built so it's available if I want it.

Now for carving Violin tops or Guitar tops like a Les Paul or Paul Reed Smith is that programmable with Mach3?
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Old Wed 26 November 2008, 00:12
gmessler
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Chicago IL
United States of America
Nice gift!

I priced out Mastercam X3 Router and was quoted $3500 USD.
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Old Wed 26 November 2008, 02:18
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
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Originally Posted by robertmonroe View Post
Now for carving Violin tops or Guitar tops like a Les Paul or Paul Reed Smith is that programmable with Mach3?
No, definitely not with Mach3, but it might be programmable with MasterCam.
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Old Wed 26 November 2008, 11:52
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
$3500 wow!!!

There are some cool training CDs for Mastercam X3 so I'm going to learn it.
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Old Wed 26 November 2008, 11:53
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
I ought to sel the Mastercam X3 to pay for my MechMate!
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Old Wed 26 November 2008, 15:34
daoneua
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Beaverton, Oregon
United States of America
I use Mastercam X3 to program my Mach3 router, it's work very well.
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Old Thu 27 November 2008, 21:29
Greg J
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Hagerman, New Mexico
United States of America
Rhino 4.0 is approx. $900
Cut3D is approx. $300

With these two programs and a MM, violin tops, guitar tops, "ANYTHING" is do'able. Not just "do'able", but easy, quick, and efficient.
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Old Thu 27 November 2008, 22:16
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
I use 3D Studio Max, Lightwave, Solidworks and Inventor.

I was playing with the demo for Aspire it is quite awesome.
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Old Fri 28 November 2008, 04:44
Robert M
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Lac-Brome, Qc
Canada
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Robert,
Iíve been working with inventor for since V-6 and lately test driving MX-2.
If youíre agile with Inventor and able to get MX-3, Iíd say go for it, you love the ease to import you IPTís file & play with MasterCamís tool path. Itís a lot of fun and youíll discover as other MX users did, it's an amazing software !!
Amicalement, Robert
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Old Mon 12 January 2009, 14:33
russelljwr
Just call me: Jesse
 
St Johns
United States of America
Program question

Quote:
Originally Posted by daoneua View Post
I use Mastercam X3 to program my Mach3 router, it's work very well.
I have master cam 9.2. I am looking at buying Mach3 software. I know that Mach3 is the software i need to setup the cnc, set tool heights, ect. What I am looking for is what "post" in Mastercam do you use to write the G code? Thanks
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Old Mon 12 January 2009, 17:05
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Jesse,

When you generate the toolpath and save it, you are given a choice of what machine is going to use the toolpath. That is the point that the GCode is generated. You don't have to actually write GCode. The CAM program does it for you.
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Old Mon 12 January 2009, 21:47
Gerald D
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Cape Town
South Africa
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Originally Posted by sailfl View Post
. . . . . you are given a choice of what machine is going to use the toolpath. . . ..
Quite correct, and MechMate definitely is not on MasterCAM's list of machines, nor is Mach3 likely to be a choice. But there is usually a generic machine (maybe a Fanuc) for which the G-Code is interchangeable with Mach3 (and hence MechMate).
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Old Mon 12 January 2009, 23:26
robertmonroe
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El Paso
United States of America
I'm learning mastercam and it is amazing software for creating G code for Mach 3.
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  #20  
Old Thu 05 February 2009, 00:07
roger2525
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lakeside ca
United States of America
I have Mastercam and mach3 my question is how do you export from mastercam to mach3
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Old Thu 05 February 2009, 02:40
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Rcboi,

Did you look at Gerald's previous post in this thread? Or did you not understand what he was talking about. I don't use MasterCam but CAM programs out put the GCode. They don't have MechMate or Mach3 as one of the output types so you have to use some thing that is close which will work fine.

I hope that helps.
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Old Wed 25 February 2009, 12:43
kanankeban
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Monterrey
Mexico
Quote:
Originally Posted by roger2525 View Post
I have Mastercam and mach3 my question is how do you export from mastercam to mach3
guess that with a .txt file.
Just a comment you could either draw inside Mastercam or Import Drawing from other software (AutoCad or others). Mastercam is a CAD/CAM software not only CAM

Last edited by kanankeban; Wed 25 February 2009 at 12:46..
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Old Thu 26 February 2009, 20:59
Rad Racer
Just call me: Wayne #25
 
Minnesota
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by roger2525 View Post
I have Mastercam and mach3 my question is how do you export from mastercam to mach3
Mastercam requires a post processor (g-code generator) that is compatable with your machine control software. For the MechMate, most builders use the MACH3 control software.

The ArtSoft website (home of Mach3), has a MasterCam post processor that is compatable with Mach3. It's located in the download section.

http://www.machsupport.com/posts/Mastercam_mach3b.zip

hope this helps,
Wayne
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Old Sat 02 January 2010, 14:14
Robhi
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sion
Switzerland
hello, am a new bee. even i do not know how to make a new message.
sotty for that..

anybody know how to cenveret an image to 3D, gcode with mastercam x3 ART? may be a pdf...
thanks a lot in advance

Rob
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  #25  
Old Sat 02 January 2010, 17:49
Castone
Just call me: Leo #41
 
Soddy Daisy , Tn
United States of America
Master Cam

Hi Rob , I can help you out , but I am not clear on what you are asking. Art in Master Cam will output in STL or DXF format. Master cam will take a picture and convert it to a 3D form, but you will be lucky to get much from it unless you have a very good picture and you stay around .040"
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Old Sat 02 January 2010, 22:22
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
If you want to convert from flat picture to 3D, you must understand that there is not a single program that can do it automatically and instantly. You will always have to supply that program with a lot of personal (artistic) choices.
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Old Sun 03 January 2010, 07:32
Robhi
Just call me: rob
 
sion
Switzerland
hello, thanks for all you,
yes i would like to convert from flat picture to 3D, I have mastercam x3, but i can not use it.. is there any pdf to help? step by step in order to convert it to 3D..I searched on the web but there is no use...
thankx Rob
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Old Sun 03 January 2010, 11:23
Castone
Just call me: Leo #41
 
Soddy Daisy , Tn
United States of America
Photo

Hi Rob , You should have a PDF help file from your install that will walk you through this. Then you just select a photo decide if you want grey scale or by color or by math, Then select how high and your scale settings. But more than likely you will need to spend a few hours working on the photo in Adobe, to get any good results.
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Old Fri 08 January 2010, 14:58
Robhi
Just call me: rob
 
sion
Switzerland
Hello,
Thankx again, I tried to work with a flat picture, spent some hours, but the result is not good at all...
Anybody has a file(flat picture) done with mastercam x3, that may help me, I guess...I can compare and make mine as the file itself..
Thanks a lot
Rob
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  #30  
Old Sun 17 January 2010, 16:00
avirostick
Just call me: Master Noob
 
Sharon, PA
United States of America
Does Mastercam create as well as edit/post process?

Is Mastercam mainly cam, or does it create drawings as well. I read somewhere that it didn't accept Autodesk files?
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