New Workflow and Interface for Managing Your Machine Groups

Mastercam 2023 introduces the new Machine Group Setup function panel for Mill and Router machine groups. This new function panel encompasses features and functionality from the Machine Group Properties dialog box, including new features. These changes continue Mastercam's effort towards kinematic awareness.

The "Machine Group Setup" function panel.

The previous locations where geometry and job setup information, such as stock, fixtures, and machine definitions were set have been consolidated into one location, making it easier for you to work with your part. The Machine Group Setup function panel opens when you select Files, Tool settings, or Stock setup under Properties for a Mill or Router machine in the Toolpaths Manager.

This new interface includes everything you need to set up your part, including parameters for Mastercam Simulator. The function panel has seven pages, providing a top-down structured workflow from setting your machine definition to choosing the machine that is displayed during simulation.

The "Machine Group Setup" function panel.

  1. Machine—Specifies the names and data paths of files needed by the operations in the machine group. This includes the machine definition and operation defaults.

  2. Master Model—Defines the final part (called the master model) after all machining is complete. This page also includes engineering information, such as the material.


    You do not need to define a master model. However, defining a master model provides workpiece data for Mastercam Simulator, ensuring that you always have a workpiece defined.

  3. Stock Setup—Defines the stock model. Stock models help you visualize your toolpaths more realistically in the graphics window. The defined stock model can also be displayed with the part geometry when viewing the file or toolpaths, or during Mastercam Simulator.

  4. Workholding—Allows you to select fixtures and other workholding components with your master model and stock. These components then translate into Mastercam Simulator as Fixtures, which you can use for collision checking.

  5. Tools—Controls how Mastercam assigns tool numbers, tool offset numbers, and default values for feeds, speeds, coolant, and other toolpath parameters.

  6. Simulation—Allows you to modify the machine that is saved with your Mastercam machine definition (*.mcam-mmd) for use with Mastercam Simulator.