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When:  Tuesday Feb 10th, 2015 

               11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Where:  MCAM Northwest

Join us at MCAM Northwest for lunch and a quick overview of how to get started with 
Wire EDM.


When:  Tuesday Feb 17th, 2015
             1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where:  Online - GotoTraining Webinar

Connect with us to learn more about the new X8 Solids features, also see a sneak peek of X9's Solids enhancements 

Please register for Mastercam Solids - How to use X8's new Solids features - GoTo Training Webinar on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

When:  Tuesday March 3rd, 2015
             11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:  MCAM Northwest

Join us at MCAM Northwest for lunch and learn how to set up operations for Router Drill Blocks, Aggregate heads and nesting

When:  Tuesday March 10, 2015
             1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Online - GoTo Training Webinar

Connect with us to learn more about the rapidly evolving 3D Opti-toolpaths.

Please register for Mastercam X8 - 3D Milling To The Max - GotoTraining Webinar on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.


MCAM Northwest: News

Have you linked your Mastercam license to 

Linking benefits include:
  • Access to product downloads
  • Access to documentation
  • Access to a customer-only user forum
  • Access to a knowledge base
  • And much more...

To link your account:

Access the linking code generator download by clicking HERE.


  • Run the linking code generator.
    The linking code generator must be run on a system where Mastercam is already installed.
  • Log into the website.
  • Click on your handle in the upper-right of the screen.
  • Under Account & Contact info, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Link Your Account:

More......MCAM Northwest News

2015 Post Services Changes

MCAM Northwest's post service and post support has gained popularity during the last few years. We want you to get the most out of your CAD/CAM investment and our support team is always on-hand for assistance. Therefore, we have made changes to our Post Services Policies.
A supported and custom post processor written for a customer will now include a (5) work day grace period after delivery before the post ticket is closed. This grace period is provided to test the post. Revision requests can be submitted at no charge during the grace period.

A post will not be delivered without the acknowledgement of the testing grace period. You will be given the opportunity to schedule the delivery date after the written post is completed.

Unsupported post processors include any third party post(s) not supplied by MCAM Northwest Inc., post(s) modified or altered by customer after delivery, or any post(s) in a sunset version of Mastercam.

For full details, please read our Post Services Policies

What Happened to My Toolbars?

With the release of X8, CNC Software has continued its efforts to make Mastercam better conform to established Windows practices.

You will see that the Toolbars have been considerably changed in X8. In previous versions, some of the Toolbars had text on them to indicate the function, this has changed in X8. The "All", "Only" and "In" (geometry windowing selection) buttons are now icons.


Moving or Renaming Mastercam machine, Control, or Post

If you are working with a word processing program and decide to take some of its system files, move them to a new location and maybe even rename them. Would you be surprised at all if the word processor did not work afterwards? 


Yet is a common practice to do this with the Mastercam Machine, Control, and Post files. Many of us that worked with Mastercam when it was a DOS product, or partially integrated into Windows prior to the release of version X, are accustomed to being able to move the post files anywhere we want to. Since Mastercam has become a full Windows program and is abiding by the Windows standards for files, this is no longer the case.


Mastercam is expecting the Machine and Control files to be in the shared folder under the CNC_MACHINES folder. Posts files Mastercam is expecting to be in the shared folder under (Machine Type)/POSTS. If these files are not located in these folders, there can be consequences. Sometimes very serious consequences. If the Control file is not where it is supposed to be often Mastercam will revert to a default Control file which may not have the correct settings for your control.


Renaming of any of these files can cause problems. If a Control file is renamed, and there are custom cycles for that control, then the Post needs to be updated also. None of these files should be just renamed. If a rename is needed CNC offers a utility to do it, it is available from their website at and is in the section captioned "Add-Ons". Select the needed version of Mastercam.


For versions prior to X8 There are both a 32 and 64-bit version available, the description for the file to download is "" or " MD_CD_PST-Rename -64-bit. As X8 is 64-bit only, the description for the file to download is "MD/CD/Post Rename - .zip file".



Announcing Verisurf X8

Verisurf X8 is now available. If you are a Verisurf customer on current maintenance you can download the update from There are a number of improvements and new features, the most exciting of which is Verisurf Automate for programmable CMM support. Verisurf Automate supports Renishaw controllers and I++ servers initially and looks to expand going forward. If you have any questions about compatibility or would like to see a demonstration please contact Mike May. 




Minimize Downtime on Shop Floor with SpaceClaim 2015


Designing and prepping models for manufacturing has become even easier for the non CAD expert with the latest release of SpaceClaim. SpaceClaim 2015 offers machinists more flexibility with their models, providing essential tool upgrades and unique features that result in increased productivity and reduced downtime on the shop floor. 




For more information on Spaceclaim, visit:  
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