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X7 Preview Webinar Recording

Please view our webinar from today below. Thanks to all who attended. Check your emails and back here on our blog for information on our upcoming Lathe/Multi-Tasking Lathe Webinar coming March 5th!

Please contact us if you have any questions on today’s webinar or would like any information on some of the other products we discussed.

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Mastercam & Haas Training Course at HFO Chicago

Attention Machine Shop Owners

Need Hands on CNC training for existing or potential employees?

Get someone up to speed fast with:
  • Machine setup & operation
  • Mastercam offline programming
  • Cutting parts
  • Getting the most out your CNC equipment
  • 1 week streamlined training course
  • Guaranteed results
  • Training performed by certified Mastercam & Haas instructors
  • Limited to only 10 Students, do not wait to register.

HFO Chicago and ShopWare Inc. are proud to offer a new, 1 week training curriculum for getting students basic programming and operation of CNC machine tools.

This course is designed for new and current users of CNC milling machines that are interested in learning how to use a cad-cam system to program their machines. Students will learn Mastercam programming techniques for basic 2D milling and drilling operations. We will also review procedures needed to setup and operate a cnc vertical mill using a g-code program that the student generates with the Mastercam software.

During their training students will have use of laptop computers, Haas simulators, and vertical machining centers. There will be a combination of classroom and shop floor training where the students will cut the parts they program.

Course Objectives


  • Create simple mill part drawings using 2D wire frame geometry (points, lines, and arcs)
  • Create simple solid models using Mastercam Solids
  • Import 2D solid models and wire frame from other cad systems into Mastercam
  • Move the part model from one plane to another to orient it for machining
  • Establish a machining zero point within the Mastercam model
  • Apply various 2D milling and drilling tool path to the part model
  • Output 2D tool paths into a G-code program that will then be loaded into a CNC machine
  • Create setup sheets from within Mastercam

Haas VMC

  • Basic understanding of G-code language
  • Understand tool setup and work piece coordinate theory
  • Load G-code programs into the CNC control
  • Operate the machine to cut several different parts

Grading Structure

This is a pass/fail course. To receive a passing mark in this course the student must complete the Mastercam programming tasks assigned and successfully cut the parts on the Haas vertical machining center. Students who pass this course will receive course completion certificates from both Mastercam and Haas.

Course Fees

$995 Per Student. Must be paid 10 days prior to the start date to guarantee your registration in the class. Any registration unpaid by that date will be offered to those next on the waiting list. Due to high demand for this course this policy will be strictly enforced.

Included with Course

Each Student Will Receive the Following:
  • 1 Mastercam X6 Training Manual
  • 1 Mastercam X6 Home Learning Edition Software
  • 1 Mastercam 2GB USB Drive
  • 1 Haas VMC Programming Workbook


New Mastercam Add-On, Spaceclaim. Webinar August 16th

New MasterCAM Productivity Add-On Easy-Fast-Powerful 2D/3D Tool-Set
Before creating toolpaths in MasterCAM, it's best to get the geometry right. SpaceClaim, now directly integrated with MasterCAM, is the best tool to open, correct, and update CAD parts prior to CNC programming. In this webinar, we'll show you how SpaceClaim:
Is a powerful geometry editor designed for machinists
Can open and edit models from any CAD system
Fixes dirty geometry that can cause errors in CAM
Makes fixtures and other tooling in a fraction of the time of CAD
Is affordable, easy to learn, and easy to use
Can reduce the time you lose in CAD by more than 50%
Register Today!
10:30am – 11:00am (CST)
Register Today!
"In less than two hours of loading the software, I was able to import a customer supplied and deeply flawed solid model and repair all of the problem areas. I had struggled with this same model for 14 hours in MasterCAM, which I’ve been using for over 20 years!"
— Dave Gilbert, Senior MasterCAM Programmer, Antron Engineering & Machine Co., Inc.
© Copyright 2012 SpaceClaim Corporation. SpaceClaim is a registered trademark of SpaceClaim Corporation.
All other names mentioned herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

New Cimco Documentation Released

Do you own any Cimco products?

All new tutorials and user guides are now available.

Please go here for more information:

Don’t have Cimco?  Contact our sales team today!

2 Mastercam Webinars in Early June; Sign Up Today

With the release of Mastercam X6 Maintenance Update 1 we are offering 2 webinars for customers.

One webinar will focus on the Mill/Mastercam for Solidworks Mill enhancements.  Second webinar will focus on Lathe, Wire, and other products.

Webinar 1: Mill & Mastercam For SolidWorks

When: Wednesday June 6th, 2012 11AM CST

Click here to Sign up for the Mill Webinar

Webinar 2: Lathe, Wire & Others

When: Wednesday June 13th, 2012 11AM CST

Click here to Sign up for the Lathe & Others Webinar


Space is limited, so sign up today!

Mastercam X6 Maintenance Update 1 (MU1) Released!

Mastercam Maintenance Update 1 for X6 has now been released.

The Main X6 Installation needs to be installed first and can be found here.  The MU1 Update installs on top of X6.  Simply run the exe below and Mastercam will update.

Please select the corresponding link to the version of X6 you have installed.

Direct Link to Download Mastercam X6 MU1 64 bit

Direct Link to Download Mastercam X6 MU 1 32 bit

Note:  You must have an active maintenance contract as of 2/28/2012 in order to run X6 MU1.  If you are not current on maintenance and would like to run X6 MU1, please contact sales.

Video: Mastercam X6 What’s New Webinar Recording

Here is the recording from our webinar on 2/21/12 covering new features in Mastercam X6.


Thanks for watching!

Mastercam X6 Webinar Feb. 21st 11am

X6 Webinar Click Image to Register.

We invite you to join us for our Mastercam X6 What’s New Webinar.

The webinar will last approximately 1 hour.

A brief list of some of the enhancements that will be covered:

  • Native 64 Bit Support
  • Stock Model Improvements
  • Tool Library Improvements
  • 2D HST (High Speed Toolpath) Enhancements
  • New 3D Opti-Rest HST Toolpath and 3D HST Enhancements
  • Largest Set of Lathe Enhancements since the release of Mastercam X
  • Wire Enhancements

Registration Image for X6 Webinar


X6 Out Now!

X6 Download Image

Mastercam X6 is available to download for all customers currently on maintenance.

Please see this page here to download:

That page also has information on how to install and migrate your files from older versions of Mastercam.

Please contact technical support if you have issues.


New Mastercam Job Opening!

Contract Mastercam Programmer & CNC Operator

Posted 7/27/11

Position Summary:

  • 3+ years minimum of recent programming & cnc operating experience.
  • 2D and 3D solids and surface part models as well as thermo-form mold work
  • Set-up and operation of 2010 Haas VMC
  • Must be proficient in programming and machining complex parts that require multi-axis operations.
  • Work is contract only on a job-by-job basis

Please See this PDF for more info and how to apply.


Thanks for looking!