Contour Enhancements – Chamfer Tool Offset Within the Mastercam 2018 version updates have been made to allow for Tip Offset on the top or bottom when chamfer milling.
Machine Finish Passes: Ability to select machine finish passes after roughing all contours on the Multi Passes Page.
Multi Pass Order: Previously multi passes were directed By contour, where one chain had to be completed before starting the next. In this version you can choose By contour or By pass on the Multi Passes page, allowing you to select pass numbers.
Rough Pass Cut Direction: Cut direction of the rough passes can be controlled better – with the change in 2018, you can select One Way or Zigzag, while respecting the Keep tool down option.
High Speed Workflow – Mastercam 2018 brings forward a streamlined workflow for 3D High Speed toolpaths with the ability to machine or avoid different part of geometry. The Toolpath Control page includes more options and allows you to create settings for Approximate start point and Strategy.
Link Associativity – The ability to program your linking moves within most 2D toolpaths has been improved by using associative points. Using features such as Clearance Amount, you can change the Clearance plane. Point, Engrave and all Wireframe toolpaths do no use associative points.
Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning Support – Sandvik Coromant and Mastercam has created a partnership where you have the ability to turn conventionally and with the PrimeTurning directions. These changes are able to create over 50% productivity gains and improved tool life depending on the materials. PrimeTurning is a C-hook for Mastercam 2018 and will be integrated as a standard turning feature in the Mastercam 2019.
Solid Sweep – Mastercam 2018 provides more options and controls – creating new opportunities for 3D Along curve and 2D Along curves. Also, End Profile Chains ensures that you can easily transition from one profile to another. Guide Chan has also been updated. New Alignment Options allow you to create different angle relationships: Normal and Parallel. Sharp Corners allows you to skip using a fillet between entities on the Along Curve, with Mastercam mitering when sharp corners are encountered. Sweep Twist allows you to twist the profile as it travels Along Chain.
Tool Locators For B-Axis Heads – Mastercam 2018 includes support for tool locators for B-Axis Heads – Spindle tool locators enable a proper positioning of tools in the B-Axis Head.