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Old March 13th, 2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default CNC software opinions..Edgecam vs Mastercam

I know there are quite a few folks on here who program CNC's so I thought I'd get some opinions on edgecam vs mastercam...

My shop has Surfcam, always has. Last few years it has sucked for upgrades of any kind, and the maintenance fee was a waste. I refuse to even install the latest version because the version running actually works and is only kinda buggy...

Surfcam was bought by Edgecam last month.

We just installed a new boring mill that is going to require another cam seat.

Boss figures we might as well buy 2 seats of whatever software we get.

Options are Mastercam and Edgecam.

I have run mastercam in the past and the new boring mill operator who starts on monday has used it also. It is more money and I know it has plenty of bugs since it just went from DOS based in the last couple years.

I know nothing about edgecam other than what the salesman and the cute lady were telling me today...and that it is nothing like either surcam or mastercam...but it can translate Inventor files and solids like butter on toast.

We don't do any 5th axis and almost no 4th axis either.....99% of our stuff is simple 2D on 3 axis machines.....but I do a fair amount of surface work on some really small pieces in my Haas machines that finish with a .03125 2 flute ball mill so those files get real big real fast.

I appreciate any insight especially concerning edgecam from the groupies here.

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Old March 13th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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I like Mastercam, and I know there is plenty of support for it as well. If you and the other guy already have experience with it, I think that should be a no brainer.
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I like Mastercam, and I know there is plenty of support for it as well. If you and the other guy already have experience with it, I think that should be a no brainer.
A no brainer is why I'm here. I require other opinions.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I have had no experience with either of those, but I have used Bobcad v.19 which sucked. I also used Gibbscam for about 7 years programming Fadal VMC's, 2- 3 axis machines and 1- 4 axis ( 3 axis with a rotary table). I really like that software for it's ease of use. It was thier SFP version and for it's limitations, was still really capable and I was able to do simple 3d type contouring with using swept shapes. At my current shop I am using Espirit 2013. I program 3 axis VMC's, 2 axis Chucker lathes and 5 axis multi-task turning/milling centers. I also have the capabililty of programming wire EDM with the base software. I didn't like it at first, but it is growing on me and it is a very powerful software with really good support. Their clouddrive based support on the web is spot on and very useful. I know this doensn't pertain to your original post, but if your spending money of software, there are other viable options
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I haven't had experience with edgecam, but I have worked with Mastercam when it was more DOS based (Version 8,9) and with the new versions up to X4. I didn't think the new software was that "buggy", but it depends on the system and the work you are doing. For the basic 3 axis machining you are talking about it may be a little overkill, but it would leave a lot of potential for you. I used it for everything from designing fixturing to complex 3D surfaces. It also depends on if and what you use for modeling software. If you do any 3D modeling, like SolidWorks, you may want to see which ones work best together.

Basically, I think Mastercam is worth it and the way to go.
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My best friend is probably your salesman. He owes me a beer so please buy the master cam.
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