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SOLIDS

Solids Training Tutorial

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Mastercam 2017 Solids Training Tutorial


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Software: Mastercam 2017
Author: Mariana Lendel
ISBN: 978-1-77146-530-4
Date: June 22, 2016
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MASTERCAM SHORTCUTS

MASTERCAM QUICK REFERENCE CARD

MASTERCAM SHORTCUTS
Function

Keyboard
Shortcut

Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Analyze entities

F4

Mastercam version, SIM serial number

Alt+V

AutoSave

Alt+A

Motion controller rotation point

Alt+F12

C-Hook or user app

Alt+C

Pan

Arrow keys

Configure Mastercam

Alt+F8

Paste from clipboard

Ctrl+V

Copy to clipboard

Ctrl+C

Redo an event that has been undone

Ctrl+Y

Cut to clipboard

Ctrl+X

Repaint

F3

Delete entities

F5

Rotate

Alt+Arrow keys

Drafting global options

Alt+D

Select all

Ctrl+A

Exit Mastercam

Alt+F4

Selection grid parameters

Alt+G

Fit geometry to screen

Alt+F1

Shading on/off

Alt+S

GviewBack

Alt+3

Show/hide all axes (WCS, Cplane, Tplane) Alt+F9

GviewBottom

Alt+4

Show/hide coordinate axes

F9

GviewFront

Alt+2

Show/hide displayed toolpaths

Alt+T

GviewIsometric

Alt+7

Show/hide Operations Manager panel

Alt+O

GviewLeft

Alt+6

Undo the last creation or event

Ctrl+U, Ctrl+Z

Previous Plane

Alt+P

Unzoom to 80% of original

Alt+F2

GviewRight

Alt+5

Unzoom to previous or 50% of original

F2

GviewTop

Alt+1

Zoom around target point

Ctrl+F1

Help

Alt+H

Zoom with window selection

F1

Hide entities

Alt+E

Zoom/unzoom by 5%

Page Up/Page
Down

Level Manager

Alt+Z

Main attributes, set from entity

Alt+X

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CUSTOMIZE MASTERCAM

CUSTOMIZE MASTERCAM
Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

Customize the Ribbon

Right mouse click in the Ribbon.


Customize the Ribbon.
Keyboard shortcuts, select Customize button.

Right mouse click in the Ribbon.


Select Customize the Ribbon.
Select a Mastercam command.
Select a Tab or create a New Tab.
Press Add button.

Select the Category.

Customize the right-click menu

Select a command and under Press new shortcut


key enter the key combinations you want to assign
to it.

Right mouse click in the Ribbon.


Select Customize the Ribbon.
Select Context Menu.
Select the Category and then the command that
you want to add.
Once you click on the Add button the function will
be added to the Right mouse button menu.

Customize Quick Access Toolbar


Right mouse click on a command in the Ribbon.
Select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

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SOLIDS TRAINING TUTORIAL PROJECTS

Tutorial

Geometry Functions

#1

Create Rectangle.
Chamfer Outside Profile.
Create Circle Center Point.
Create Fillets.
Solid Extrude Create Body.
Solid Extrude Cut Body.
Constant Radius Fillet.
One Distance Chamfer.

#2

Create Rectangle.
Create Parallel Lines.
Create Tangent Arcs.
Create Lines.
Translate Geometry.
Create Fillets.
Solid Revolve Create Body.
Solid Extrude Cut Body.

#3

Create Rectangle.
Create Geometry in Front Plane.
Create Fillets.
Create Circle Center Point.
Create Rectangular Array.
Solid Extrude Create Body.
Solid Extrude Add Bosses.
Constant Fillet Radius.
Solid Sweep Cut Body.
Make Changes to The Solid.
Solid Shell.

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SOLIDS TRAINING TUTORIAL PROJECTS


#4

Create Primitive Solid (Block).


Fillet a Solid.
Set Solid Feature Color.
Solid Extrude Create Body.
Boolean Add.
Boolean Remove.
Modify Solid Face Color.

#5

Create Ellipses.
Create Rectangles.
Create an Arc in Front Plane.
Create Lines.
Create Solid Body Using Loft.
Solid Loft Cut.
Solid Extrude Cut.
Move Solid to Another Level.
Fillet All Edges.
Set Feature Color.

#6

Top Construction Plane.


Create Circle Center Point.
Create Rectangle.
Create Horizontal and Parallel Lines.
Create Arc Tangent.
Create Arc Endpoints.
Create Fillet.
Transform Mirror The Geometry.
Transform Offset.
Trim Geometry.
Create Rectangular Shapes.
Create Letters.
Transform Dynamic.
Solid Extrude Create Body.
Solid Extrude Add Bosses.
Solid Extrude Add Bosses with Draft Angle.
Solid Extrude Cut Body.
Remove Solid History.

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#7

Create Rectangle.
Create Circle Center Point.
Create Arc Polar.
Transform Rotate.
Create Line Parallel.
Create Points.
Create a Spline.
Create Net Surface.
Create Ruled Surface.
Solids from Surfaces.
Solid Extrude.
Solid Circular Pattern.
Create Curves On All Edges.

#8

Open File From Previously Saved File.


Create Rectangle.
Extrude Solid Body.
Boolean Remove.
Trim Solid by Plane.
Transform Dynamic.

#9

Open an existing file.


Model Prep Remove All Solid History Operations.
Model Prep Split Solid Face - Projection option.
Model Prep Pull-Push.
Model Prep Move.
Model Prep Split Solid Face - Flowline option.

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SOLIDS TRAINING TUTORIAL PROJECTS

Solids Training Tutorial

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents
Getting Started ........................................................................................................... 1
Tutorials:
Tutorial #1 - Extrude, Chamfer, Fillet ................................................................................................... 13

GETTING STARTED

Tutorial #2 - Revolve, Extrude Cut........................................................................................................ 57


Tutorial #3 - Sweep Cut, Add Boss...................................................................................................... 119
Tutorial #4 - Primitives, Constant Fillet Radius, Boolean Remove ..................................................... 209
Tutorial #5 - Ellipse, Lofting ................................................................................................................ 263
Tutorial #6 - Offset, Bounding Box, Create Letters, Remove Solid History ........................................ 311
Tutorial #7 - Spline, Surface Creation, Surfaces to Solids, Solid Pattern ............................................ 395
Tutorial #8 - Boolean Remove, Trim by Plane, Transform Dynamic................................................... 467
Tutorial #9 - Split Solid Faces, Push/Pull, Move ................................................................................. 501

General Notes ......................................................................................................... 579


Quiz Answers .......................................................................................................... 611

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OVERVIEW OF STEPS TAKEN TO CREATE THE FINAL PART:

OVERVIEW OF STEPS TAKEN TO CREATE THE FINAL PART:


From drawing to CAD model:
The student should examine the drawing on the following page to understand what part is being created in the
tutorial.
From the drawing we can get an idea of how to create the geometry and solid model in Mastercam.

Create the wireframe that will be used to create the solid model:
The student will create "flat" geometry in the Top plane.
Geometry with a Z-Depth of 0 will be created and used to extrude the solid later on.
2D Geometry commands such as Rectangle, Circle Center Point, Chamfer and Trim will be used.

Create the solid model:


The student will create a new level to separate the wireframe from the solid model such that the file can be
better organised.
The Extrude command will be used to create the main solid body of the part and the boss.
The Extrude command will be used to "cut" the holes through the part.
The Extrude command will be used to add the boss at the top of the main solid.
The holes will be chamfered using the command of One Distance Chamfer.

Additional tutorial information:


The student will learn how to resize an arc using the command of Analyze Entity.
Because the chained geometry (Circle) is associative to the solid model, after re-generating the solid, the solid
hole size will change to reflect the new circle size.

This tutorial takes approximately twenty minutes to complete.

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OVERVIEW OF STEPS TAKEN TO CREATE THE FINAL PART:

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SETTING UP THE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

GEOMETRY CREATION

STEP 1: SETTING UP THE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE


Please refer to the Getting Started section to set up the graphical user interface accordingly.

1.1 Setup the Manager panels


VIEW
From the Managers group, enable all four managers as shown.

The panels should be on the bottom left side of the graphics window as shown.

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SET THE CONSTRUCTION PLANE AND CHANGE WIREFRAME COLOR

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STEP 2: SET THE CONSTRUCTION PLANE AND CHANGE WIREFRAME COLOR


Right mouse click in the graphics window and select the Top (WCS) icon as shown.

NOTE: You may skip this step if the wireframe color is already set to Blue #9.
Right mouse click in the graphics window and from the Mini Toolbar, left click on the arrow next to the
Wireframe Color icon and select the color Blue #9 as shown.

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CREATE RECTANGLES GIVEN THE SIZE AND ANCHOR POINT

STEP 3: CREATE RECTANGLES GIVEN THE SIZE AND ANCHOR POINT


In this step you will learn how to create two rectangles given the width, height, and anchor point.

Step Preview:

3.1 Create the 8.0" X 4.0" Rectangle


WIREFRAME
From the Shapes group, select Rectangle as shown.

Enter the Width and the Height and make sure that Anchor to center is enabled as shown.

Press Enter after inputting the values to see a preview of the rectangle.

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CREATE RECTANGLES GIVEN THE SIZE AND ANCHOR POINT

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[Select position of base point]: Select the Origin as shown in Figure: 3.1.1.
Figure: 3.1.1

Make sure that when selecting the Origin, the visual cue of the cursor changes as shown.

Select the OK and Create New Operation button to stay within the command.

3.2 Create the 5.0" X 1.25" Rectangle


Enter the Width and the Height and make sure that Anchor to center is enabled as shown.

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CREATE RECTANGLES GIVEN THE SIZE AND ANCHOR POINT

[Select position of base point]: Select the Origin as shown in Figure: 3.2.1.
Figure: 3.2.1

Select the OK button to exit the command.


Press Alt + F1 to fit the geometry to the screen.

NOTE: While creating the geometry for this tutorial, if you make a mistake, you can undo the last step using
the Undo icon

or press Ctrl + Z. You can undo as many steps as needed. If you delete or undo a step by

mistake, just use the Redo icon


or press Ctrl + Y. To delete unwanted geometry, select the geometry first
and then press Delete from the computer keyboard.
The part should appear as shown in Figure: 3.2.2.
Figure: 3.2.2

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CREATE THE PARALLEL LINES

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STEP 4: CREATE THE PARALLEL LINES


In this step you will learn how to create parallel lines to existing lines given the distance between the lines. We are creating
the lines to use them as part of the geometry as well as construction lines.

Step Preview:

WIREFRAME
From the Lines group, select Line Parallel as shown.

[Select a line]: Select Entity A as shown.

[Select the point to place a parallel line through]: Select a point to the right of the selected line.

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CREATE THE PARALLEL LINES

In the Line Parallel panel, enter an Offset Distance of 1.0" as shown.

Select the OK and Create New Operation button to stay within the command.
[Select a line]: Select Entity A again.
[Select the point to place a parallel line through]: Select a point to the right of the selected line.
In the Line Parallel panel, enter an Offset Distance of 7.0" as shown.

Select the OK and Create New Operation button to stay within the command.

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CREATE THE PARALLEL LINES

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[Select a line]: Select Entity B as shown.

[Select the point to place a parallel line through]: Select a point above the selected line.
In the Line Parallel panel, enter an Offset Distance of 1.0" as shown.

Select the OK and Create New Operation button to stay within the command.
[Select a line]: Select Entity B again.
[Select the point to place a parallel line through]: Select a point above the selected line.

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CREATE THE PARALLEL LINES

In the Line Parallel panel, enter an Offset Distance of 3.0" as shown.

Select the OK button to exit the command.


The drawing should appear as shown.

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TRIM THE GEOMETRY

TUTORIAL #11

STEP 5: TRIM THE GEOMETRY


To Trim 1 entity, select the entity you wish to trim, then select the entity you wish to trim to.

Step Preview:

5.1 Trim entities using Trim 1 entity command


WIREFRAME
From the Modify group, select the Trim Break Extend icon as shown.

In the Trim Break Extend panel, enable the Trim 1 entity as shown.

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TRIM THE GEOMETRY

[Select the entity to trim/extend]: Select Entity A as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.


[Select the entity to trim/extend to]: Select Entity B as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
[Select the entity to trim/extend]: Select Entity A as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
[Select the entity to trim/extend to]: Select Entity C as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
Figure: 5.1.1

[Select the entity to trim/extend]: Select Entity D as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.


[Select the entity to trim to]: Select Entity B as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
[Select the entity to trim/extend]: Select Entity D as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
[Select the entity to trim to]: Select Entity C as shown in Figure: 5.1.1.
The drawing will appear as shown.

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TRIM THE GEOMETRY

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5.2 Delete the 4 leftover lines


In the Trim Break Extend panel, enable Divide/delete.

Select the lines as shown.

The geometry will appear as shown.

Select the OK button to exit from the command.

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CREATE THE TWO CIRCLES

STEP 6: CREATE THE TWO CIRCLES


In this step, you will learn how to create circles, given the radius or diameter, and the center point location of the circle.

Step Preview:

WIREFRAME
From the Arcs group, select Circle Center Point as shown.

Enter the Diameter value 0.5 and press Enter.


Select the icon to the right of it to lock the value as shown.

Press the Space bar from the keyboard and the field where you can type the coordinates will open at the upper
left side of the graphics window as shown.

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CREATE THE TWO CIRCLES

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[Enter the center point]: Enter the coordinates -3.5, 0 as shown.

Press the Enter key on your keyboard.


Select the OK and Create New Operation button to stay within the command.
[Enter the center point]: Press the Space bar and enter the coordinates 3.5, 0 as shown.

Press the Enter key on your keyboard.


Select the OK button to exit the command.
The part should appear as shown in Figure: 6.0.1.
Figure: 6.0.1

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CHAMFER THE INSIDE RECTANGLE

STEP 7: CHAMFER THE INSIDE RECTANGLE


In this step we will use the Chamfer Entities command to apply chamfers to the corners of the outside profile.

Step Preview:

WIREFRAME
From the Modify group, select Chamfer Entities.

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CHAMFER THE INSIDE RECTANGLE

TUTORIAL #11

Select 1 Distance and enable Trim entities in the panel as shown.


Enter a distance of 0.25" as shown.

[Select line or arc]: Select Entity A as shown in Figure: 7.0.1.


[Select line or arc]: Select Entity B as shown in Figure: 7.0.1.
Figure: 7.0.1

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CHAMFER THE INSIDE RECTANGLE

[Select line or arc]: Select Entity B as shown in Figure: 7.0.2.


[Select line or arc]: Select Entity C as shown in Figure: 7.0.2.
Figure: 7.0.2

[Select line or arc]: Select Entity C as shown in Figure: 7.0.3.


[Select line or arc]: Select Entity D as shown in Figure: 7.0.3.
Figure: 7.0.3

[Select line or arc]: Select Entity D as shown in Figure: 7.0.4.


[Select line or arc]: Select Entity A as shown in Figure: 7.0.4.
Figure: 7.0.4

Select the OK button to exit the command.

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SAVE THE FILE

TUTORIAL #11

The part should appear as shown in Figure: 7.0.5.


Figure: 7.0.5

STEP 8: SAVE THE FILE


FILE
Save As.
Click on the Browse icon as shown.
Find a location on the computer to save your file.
File name: "Wireframe 1".

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INDEX

Numerics

Extrusion Operation ........................................ 38

2D / 3D Construction ........................................ 6

Face-Face Fillet ............................................. 600


Fast Point ...................................................... 423
Fillet ................................................................ 85
Fillet All Edges ............................................... 298
Fillet Chains ..........................................142, 417
Fillet Entities ................................................. 329
From Surfaces ............................................... 600
Front Plane ................................................... 145

Adding Bosses ............................................... 162


Analyze Entity Properties .......................49, 506
Arc Endpoints ............................................... 276
Arc Polar ....................................................... 401
Arc Tangent ............................................68, 320
Arc Tangent To A Point ................................. 320

B
Boolean ......................................................... 600
Boolean Add ................................................. 240
Boolean Remove .................. 249, 478, 545, 548
Bosses With Draft Angles .............................. 372
Break Two Pieces .......................................... 427

G
Graphic Area ..................................................... 3
GUI - Graphical User Interface .......................... 3

H
Hole-Axis ....................................................... 601

Chamfer ........................................................ 600


Chamfer Entities ............................................. 30
Change Current Color .............. 17, 60, 122, 212
Change Feature Color ................................... 301
Change The Color ............................................ 34
Change The Feature Color ............................ 217
Change The Main Level .............................35, 97
Circular Pattern ............................................. 446
Clear Solid Feature Color .............................. 601
Color ................................................................. 6
Color Mask .................................................... 380
Constant Fillet ............................................... 599
Convert Surfaces To Solid ............................. 441
Create Letters ............................................... 351
Create Points ................................................ 422
Create Rectangle ............................................ 18
Curve On All Edges ........................................ 458
Customizing Toolbars ................................... 581

Key Mapping ................................................. 588

D
Design Change .............................................. 179
Divide ........................................................76, 83
DOOR GEOMETRY ......................................... 585
Draft Faces .................................................... 600
Dynamic Xform ............................................. 486

E
Edge Curves .................................................. 454
Ellipse ............................................................ 268
Extrude .................................................101, 599
Extrude Cut ................................................... 106

L
Layout ........................................................... 600
Level .................................................................. 6
Line Bisect ..................................................... 530
Loft ........................................................282 , 599
Loft Cut ......................................................... 286

M
Manual Spline ............................................... 425
Mitered Corners ............................................. 47
Model Prep ................................................... 505
Modify A Hole ................................................. 47
Modify Solid Feature .................................... 600
Modify Solid Fillets ....................................... 601
Move .....................................................520, 600

N
NURBS Splines .............................................. 269

P
Parallel Lines .............................................21, 63
Pattern .......................................................... 600
Primitive ....................................................... 214
Primitives ...................................................... 600
Propagate Along Tangencies .......................... 47
Push-Pull ...............................................514, 600

R
Rectangular Array ......................................... 127
Rectangular Shapes ...................................... 345
Remove All Solid History ............................... 601
Remove Faces ............................................... 601

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INDEX

Remove Solid Fillets ...................................... 601


Reorganizing The Toolbars ............................... 4
Revolve ......................................................... 599
Ruled Surface ................................................ 438
Ruled/Lofted ................................................. 439

S
Save The File ................................................... 33
Scale .................................................................. 3
Set Solid Feature Colour ............................... 601
Shaded ............................................................ 39
Shell .............................................................. 600
Simplify Solid ................................................ 601
Solid Extrude ................................................... 35
Solid Fillet ..................................................... 165
Solid Revolve .................................................. 98
Solid Shell ..................................................... 184
Solids Manager .......................................50, 602
Solids Menu Commands ............................... 599
Split Solid Face ......................................508, 600
Sweep ........................................................... 599
Sweep Cut ..................................................... 173

T
Thicken ......................................................... 600
Tool Plane ..................................................... 594
Toolpaths/Solid Manager ................................. 3
Translucency ................................................. 101
Trim .............................................................. 600
Trim 1 Entity ................................................... 25
Trim Divide .............................................82, 325
Trim To Point ................................................ 325

V
Variable Fillet ................................................ 599
View Port XYZ Axes ........................................... 4

W
Wireframe ...................................................... 39

X
Xform Dynamic ............................................. 357
Xform Offset ................................................. 334
Xform Rotate ................................................ 420
Xform Translate ......................................78, 354

Z
Z Depth .....................................................6, 598

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