Mastercam x3

Wholly crap...Mastercam x3 loves trimmed surfs.
It's only like 10 years too long.
Pretty impressive. I wish I had x3 15yrs ago.
High speed toolpaths are sweet.
Only one regret, I can't extend or trim the cutter path at will. But in all fairness I think that's a solid machining gimmic, and I'm not using solids in masterscam.
Mastercam grew up. Sure wish I had x4. :(
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ah 1995 Cimatron IT ver7

ah 1995 Cimatron IT ver7

ah 1995 Cimatron IT ver7 - extend surface as much as needed or till it bow ties<g>

Dont waste your time with a fluffed up pretty tinker toy if yer serious about 3D.
I give up. The horses wont drink <g>
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cncmillgil wrote:

I know of two shops that use Cimatron. One of them is my employer.
Most of the rest use Mastercam. I know a couple shops which use UG, but only for product and mold design. Both program with Mastercam.
Which system do you think I'm better off keeping my skills up with to help maintain my employability?
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Bout the same up here in Chi-town as far as mold shops using it. I hear "others" doing mirco milling with it.

The best mold shops still standing up here are total UG houses. Design & Programm. The sweat mold shops are Mscam,Delscam 'ers

Point taken. Sounds to me like your skills with MC X4 mu3 (good god) are fairly advanced & quite possibly at the end of the road? Time to move to the next logical step up? Keeping up with something your thoroughly familiar with is like riding a bike.

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wrote:

Bout the same up here in Chi-town as far as mold shops using it. I hear "others" doing mirco milling with it.

The best mold shops still standing up here are total UG houses. Design & Programm. The sweat mold shops are Mscam,Delscam 'ers

Point taken. Sounds to me like your skills with MC X4 mu3 (good god) are fairly advanced & quite possibly at the end of the road? Time to move to the next logical step up? Keeping up with something your thoroughly familiar with is like riding a bike.
********* I disagree. I think it all depends on skills and the area you live in. If your a UG GOD...good luck finding work around here, there's 10 places, maybe you'll get lucky and find something. Mastercam....pffft, who cares, everybody and their brother can run that stuff. Cimitron....nope. If you are lucky to find a shop that has it, trust me, the guy there running it will never leave.
So....My point is don't define your skills by brand.
Can you wireframe machine... Can you surface machine... can you solid machine... can you solid model.... can you do system admin... can you write post processors... can you run the machines these softwares program for... can you manage people... can you manage material... are you clean... are you aggresive... are you easy to get along with... are you open minded... are you sure of yourself... Do people in your area say "yea, I know that guy, he kicks ass"...
I will never again get a job running a machine or a piece of software. The answer to what can you do will always be..."what ya got?"
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Now that the cat is out of the bag on that... I was aware they had been looking at NX as well. Hard to beat a deal like subsidized training for a new system. Same reason Haas jumped on MC (though an even better deal) - free software - free training. Funny when some Asian company does that to the US we call it "dumping" and unfair. We do it to ourselves and we call it shrewd business sense! <g>
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m> wrote:

Hard not to laugh at the fact that Jon obviously had no idea these guys got $20K worth of free training.
Not too thrilled about my tax dollars paying for my competitors to enhance their capabilities, but perhaps I'm just being hypocritical. I'm sure I wouldn't turn away 20 grand from the state.
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