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General News
Welcome to the newest member of the MCAM Northwest Team!
We are pleased to introduce you to our newest team member Mike May.  Mike May is our Master3DGage Sales Professional for the West Coast region, after being exposed to the industry the majority of his life he comes to us with knowledge of the product and a passion for quality and technology.
Mastercam News
Mastercam X6 now available for download!


The latest release of CNC Software, Inc. Mastercam software is now available for download. They have transformed their "What's New" information from a static printed document into an interactive multimedia experience! The What's New in Mastercam X6 DVD offers a menu-driven interface and a rich graphical design. On it, you'll find information on all new features in X6 for every product including these highlights:

  • In-process stock model creation and use
  • More powerful dynamic milling
  • Highly efficient "OptiRough" rest roughing
  • Specialized multi-blade part programming
  • Variable roughing for ceramic inserts


With the new 64-bit support in X6 there are now separate install programs for 32 and 64-bit operating systems. You must install the version appropriate for your operating system.  Mastercam will not allow you to install the 32-bit version on a 64-bit operating system, or vice versa. The "Read Before Installing Mastercam X6" section in the link has important information on the differences between the 32 and 64-bit versions. Another change in X6 is the "What's New" is now a separate install program that should be downloaded and installed. The X6 and "What's New" install programs are in the "Products" group in the link above.


The X6 sample files are also a separate install, this program is located in the "Patches & Translators" group. Converter and translator install programs are also available in this group.
Note that at this time Art is only available for the 32-bit version of X6.


If you are moving from X5 to X6, make sure immediately after you install X6 to run the new Migration Utility from the X6 File menu to migrate most of your current X5 settings to X6. If you
are moving to X6 from an earlier version, you need to use the Update Folder option in X6 to migrate these settings. Refer to the X6 Transition Guide under Start Menu > Mastercam X6 >
Documentation for additional information.


As always when installing Mastercam remember that you must be logged into the machine as an Administrator.


Contact us for information on updating to the latest and greatest version of the Mastercam software.


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Mastercam X6 Rollout Events


Your favorite CAD/CAM system is premiering our newest release with Mastercam X6 Live! This worldwide rollout delivers information packed sessions demonstrating what Mastercam X6 can do for you and your company.


We will be offering multiple opportunities for you to experience this much anticipated Rollout Event, including a virtual event for those of you who can't make it into our office.


Register below and learn about all the powerful tools in Mastercam X6:



Virtual Event - Via Go to Meeting

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Live Event - Our office

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Live Event - Our office

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Seating is limited for all Rollout venues so register today.  We look forward to seeing you here. 

Autodesk News
Move to the latest Autodesk software and save up to 45%!

It's never been easier to take advantage of the latest product design and manufacturing software capabilities from Autodesk® - and accomplish amazing things while leveraging the value of your existing software. And when you act before January 13, 2012, you can save up to 45% on software like:
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Alias Design
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD Electrical

And more.


Contact us for more information (503) 653-5332 or by email
Product Lifecycle Management
Empower Your People with Autodesk 360 Nexus


Autodesk has created a better way to fulfill the promise that avoids the pitfalls of traditional PLM. The result is Autodesk® 360 Nexus®-a cloud-based software-as-a-service that transforms Product Lifecycle Management.

Watch as Autodesk CEO, Carl Bass, Unveils the New PLM Solution
Carl Bass unveils a new solution that will change the way people do PLM.
Watch Video (embed link seen below)



Autodesk Mobile Apps


CLICK HERE - to see some of the "Autodesk Mobile Apps" available.


There are apps here to satisfy your desire to improve your productivity, amuse you with games and entertainment, and get your creative mind working. Most of these apps are free for the download but some do have a minimal charge.

AutoCAD User Experience Team needs your feedback!


Are you working in the manufacturing industry? Are you creating views of the models (projected, section, detail views), adding dimensions, leaders and symbols? Are you using Autodesk and non- Autodesk applications to document 3D models?
The AutoCAD User Experience Team, responsible for designing new features and user interface wants to better understand your typical workflows and processes of documenting 3D models.
Please take a survey and provide your input:



Tech Tip:

How to make Inventor Drawing Details Associative with Drawing Geometry


1. Create detail view

2. Right click on detail arrows, pick attach

3. Click on geometry you wish to attach them to




No Cost Workshop
Creating Inspection Routines as you program parts

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 
Time:   1pm ~ 3pm PST

Come to this workshop to see the latest trends in quality control. See this mfg quality solution which allows manufacturers to "build quality in" as part of the manufacturing process definition. This is even better than the benefits of "in-process" inspection and repositions inspection as a manufacturing step vs a "check your work" step. 
Register Now