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This unique text presents a thorough introduction to Mastercam X2 Mill for students with little or no prior experience. It can be used in virtually any educational setting -- from four-year engineering schools to community colleges and voc/tech schools to industrial training centers -- and will also serve as a reliable reference for on-the-job use or as a self-study manual. The award-winning authors have carefully arranged the contents in a clear and logical sequence and have used many hundreds of visuals instead of wordy explanations. It covers all of important features incorporated into X2 such as file tracking, change recognition, quick masks, autocursor locking, fastpoint mode, and power keys. An enclosed CD contains Mastercam X2 Mill Demo and also includes examples and exercises from the text for student practice. Learning Mastercam X2 Mill 2D Step by Step is sure to become a valuable resource for anyone learning or using Mastercam X2 Mill.

  • Emphasizes student-friendly graphical displays in place of long explanations and definitions.
  • Includes an overview of the process of generating a word address program.
  • Presents numerous examples that provide step-by-step instructions with graphical displays.
  • Eliminates flipping between pages by featuring all explanations on the same page as the example.
  • Contains exercises at the end of each chapter.
  • Features a process plan for many machining exercises to indicate the machining operations to be performed and the tools to be used.
  • Includes the official fully-functional demo version of Mastercam X2 on a CD that also contains files keyed to selected examples so students can follow interactively when learning a procedure.
  • The CD also contains part files for machining exercises.
  • Introduction to Mastercam X2
  • Creating 2D Geometry
  • Additional Tools for CAD
  • Generating Hole Operations in 2D Space
  • Profiling and Pocketing in 2D Space
  • Editing Machining Operations Via the Operations Manager
  • Using Transform to Rotate or Mirror Existing Toolpaths
  • Using a Library to Save or Import Machining Operations
  • Using Tabs and Work Offsets
  • Customizing Mastercam X2