The section on the Bank CNC training website listed below has a thorough tutorial you should follow along to for creating surface toolpaths in MasterCAM.
Some of you have asked: Is there a way to update the geometry in MasterCAM when I make changes in Rhino, like you can do with the Keyshot plugin?
There is not a plugin that links the two applications like Keyshot has with Rhino, but there is a fairly simple way to accomplish something similar:
You can use the same technique to add additional geometry or to otherwise change the geometry that is associated with a specific toolpath operation.
Some of you may be experiencing a problem where your layers are not preserved upon merging from Rhino into MasterCAM. Here is the workaround to solve this problem:
See the PDF below for recommended settings for MasterCAM:
Here is a link to the mastercam and rhino reference files for the step stool we looked over in class Monday. There’s also the rhino 3d file of the stool. You can use the layer conventions shown in the rhino file to help simplify your operation selection in MasterCAM https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LHZFsByQpyNWEn0OLK5sicsPlSjzzFAx?usp=sharing
In order to 3D print a model of one of your glasses, you will need to export it as an .STL file.
To do so you can follow these steps from Rhino:
Here are some screen shots showing the settings described above:
This file is now ready for 3D Printing. The monitors in the 3D printing lab in Bank building can you help you with the next steps.
We didn’t look at this in class, but the “History” functionality in Rhino could be very useful as you are work on building the three bentwood chairs. This functionality will link input and output geometry. In other words, it can connect a curve (input geometry) with a pipe (output geometry) so that if the input curve is manipulated, the resulting output surface will follow this change.
More information here: