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Newsletter - May 2011


MCAM NW Events


Join us for the:

Autodesk 2012 Product Roll Out Event


Make Your Most Amazing Ideas Happen


See for yourself how Autodesk 2012 software for product design and manufacturing can help you make your most innovative ideas come to life at our live event. 

When: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
(Dinner will be served) 

Make your most amazing ideas a reality with the 2012 Autodesk® software for product design and manufacturing, including Autodesk® Inventor®.  With breakthrough interface improvements that make design more intuitive and user-centric, and comprehensive new design suites that offer greater flexibility to innovate and respond to changing business needs, the latest tools take you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Find out how to deliver your most innovative ideas with significant time and cost savings.

Where: Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Avenue, Gregory Forum C 
          Oregon City, OR 97045

Click here for
 Driving Directions

Don't miss this event, we'll be highlighting the latest Autodesk product design and manufacturing software, including a comprehensive new family of design suites.   Come and discover how this year's software can help you improve the creation, management, and communication of your most amazing ideas.

To register for this event - CLICK HERE




In This Issue
2012 Autodesk Product Rollout Event
Mastercam X5 MU1 Released
Mastercam Port Expert
Mastercam Tech Tip
Inventor 2012 - Feature Introduction
Autodesk: Product Design Suites
Autodesk: Get Current and Save 20% up to $400
Autodesk: BOGO Training Promo
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Mastercam News and Tech Tips


Mastercam X5 MU1 Released


Mastercam X5 MU1 is out! This maintenance update is available at no charge to all current Mastercam maintenance customers, and can be downloaded here


For more information on Mastercam X5 MU1 - CLICK HERE


With the release of Mastercam X5 MU1, we're also introducing Mastercam Port Expert, a new purchasable add-on designed for the head porting industry. This powerful tool can be added on to Mastercam Mill Level 3 or Router Pro, and delivers:

  • Intelligent, specialized programming that machines as far as possible into the port with 3-axis toolpaths before switching smoothly to 5-axis motion.
  • Advanced gouge checking to help ensure high-quality cuts.
  • Flexible machining definition and constraints, allowing automatic or manual choices.


Port Expert - New Add-on for Mastercam


Port Expert is a new add-on for cylinder head porting and tube type work that is now available. 


Port Expert has simplified the programming and puts complicated head porting within anybody's reach.  This new toolpath will drive any 5-axis machine and its easy-to-use interface reduces programming and cycle times with amazing results, toolpaths can be done in less than 30 minutes.


NOW! For a limited time existing Mastercam Multiaxis customers can save over 50%.  

  • Requires an update to Mastercam X5 MU1
  • Multiaxis on each sim that customer wants to use this promotion for
  • This promotion is only available to customer that own a seat of version X2 or newer multiaxis as of December 31, 2010.
  • Offer expires December 31, 2011


Contact us for details: (503) 653-5332 or sales@mcamnw.com


Mastercam Tech Tip

Moving from XP to Windows 7?


The Mastercam X5 "Update Folder" works very well when migrating Mastercam from an older version of Mastercam. But if you need to move specific Mastercam files from XP to Win 7, there are more steps required: 

  1. Archive all Mastercam folders and files before installing Windows 7.
  2. Once Windows 7 is installed it will be a "clean" system with the XP file structure replaced by the new file structure.
  3. Install Mastercam X5.
  4. Copy the needed files from the XP archive to the Windows 7 machine, refer to the "Transition Guide" for the changes in file locations.
  5. Any files that contain internal paths, such as machine and control definition files, need to be edited and the paths changed from the XP paths to the Windows 7 paths.



Autodesk News and Tech Tips

Inventor 2012 New Features:
Faster Clicks and Picks with the New Marking Menu
The new Inventor is here, Inventor 2012, and as always there are a ton of improvements to just about every aspect of the program. Not the least of which is the new Marking Menu.

The idea is to keep your attention on the task at hand: Developing your digital prototype model.


Traditional tool menus tend to line up around the sides of your drawing screen. This makes sense as you don't need any clutter in the way of your design.   However, what this does is force your attention and your eyes to wander away from the parts or features you are working with.  Wander no longer. 


A quick right-click brings up a handy set of commands which is tuned to the task of the moment, right where you are working. The marking menu appears where your mouse is, and goes away when you are done. No more driving all over the screen looking for a tool button.


Task Oriented:
It's context sensitive so you get drawing commands while drawing, sketch commands while sketching, and modeling commands while part modeling.


The Marking Menu is easily customized to fit your exact needs at any time in the process.


So give it a try! You'll find your new Inventor Marking Menu to be fast, flexible, and most importantly focusing. Spend less time browsing and mousing and more time designing and refining.


 New for 2012 - Product Design Suites



Create incredible products with Autodesk Product Design Suite, featuring Autodesk® Inventor®. In a single, cost-effective package, get a comprehensive set of award-winning design, visualization, and simulation software for your entire product design workflow-from early concepts and detailed engineering to simulation.



Get Current and Save Promotions! 

Valid May 16 through July 15, 2011


The Get Current promotion offers discounts of 20% off SRP on select upgrades from a previous version, and up to 50% off SRP on select upgrade paths from AutoCAD® LT, Inventor LT or AutoCAD Inventor Suite from May 16, 2011 through July 15, 2011.  The offer includes discounts on upgrades (including traditional cross-grades), retroactive Subscription and standard Get Current (formerly Legacy) Program purchases.




Save up to $400 by Mail-in Rebate when you update your existing AutoCAD LT, Inventor LT, or Inventor LT Suites.

Contact me to take advantage of these limited time offers today at (503) 653-5332 or by email at bobbit@mcamnw.com

Buy One Get One on Any Classroom Training

Offer Valid through August 31st 2011


Add a training class to the purchase of any new Autodesk License or Upgrade and bring along a co-worker for free! Training must be purchased at the same time as the software and both students must attend the same class. (Valid with all Get Current Promotions) 



CLICK HERE for more information on our training classes



Contact me to take advantage of these limited time offers today at (503) 653-5332 or by email at bobbit@mcamnw.com