3DPrinting.com reports that Mastercam has released the APlus Add-on for Additive Manufacturing.


Mastercam, the leading provider of CAM software, has recently introduced a new add-on called Mastercam APlus by CAMufacturing Solutions. This addon is specifically designed to seamlessly integrate with Mastercam Mill, Lathe, or Router licenses, catering to the needs of their diverse user base. What makes APlus stand out is its user-friendly interface which utilizes the familiarity of Mastercam’s traditional toolpath system.

With APlus, users can easily program, backplot, and simulate their 3D printing projects, just like they would with the conventional toolpaths in Mastercam. APlus takes advantage of Direct Energy Deposition (DED) and comes equipped with tailored toolpaths that are specifically crafted for handling various geometries in additive manufacturing. It also offers different features and utilities that aim to streamline processes and boost overall efficiency.

One of the standout features of APlus is its hybrid manufacturing capability. This allows users to create parts from scratch, add features to existing components, or even repair damaged parts. When combined with Mastercam, APlus enables users to generate additive manufacturing toolpaths and visualize both the additive and machining outcomes.

According to Kenneth Fortier, the Technical Product Manager at Mastercam, the use of Direct Energy Deposition in machine shops is becoming increasingly popular. And by being able to program hybrid or dedicated additive machines using Mastercam, the transition is seamless. The hybrid process, which involves alternating material addition and milling, makes it possible to create parts with internally machined features that were previously deemed impossible without additive manufacturing.

But APlus isn’t just about reversing machining toolpaths. It is designed to ensure efficient and practical results for the additive and hybrid manufacturing process. One example of an ideal application for APlus is blade repairs, where the tips of individual blades experience wear and tear. By machining off the worn tips using Mastercam’s toolpaths and then 3D printing or depositing material with APlus, users can significantly reduce costs compared to purchasing new blades or stocking spare parts.

Mastercam APlus by CAMufacturing Solutions is now available through Mastercam’s global Reseller network. For more information, visit their website. And don’t forget to share your thoughts on their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. You can also sign up for their weekly additive manufacturing newsletter to stay updated with the latest stories delivered right to your inbox.

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