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    Can anyone tell me the current cost of MasterCam for a 3 axis license?

    Can anyone tell me the current cost of MasterCam for a 3 axis license?
    I heard there may be different levels of 3 axis, so I think I would want the best/most advanced level for cutting surfaces / molds / dies etc.
    Location is Michigan if it matters....
    Thanks!

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    Learn what is available HERE at CNC Solutions for milling

    you have choice of :
    Mill Level 1
    Mill Level 2
    Mill Level 3
    MultiAxis
    ---- add-ons to any of these levels can be "SOLIDS" & "FULL 4 and 5 AXIS MACHINING"


    If you are doing molds etc, by ustilizing surface machining, then Mill level 3 would be the starting point.

    You can use a 3rd party CAD to create your solid models, but that can (at times) be a *****.
    If you don't have SOLIDS, then you cannot move, modify, create anything within Mastercam

    Multiaxis is for programming rotary movement. using the rotary axes for (3+1 or 3+2) positioning only.
    ie rotate to an angle then run a 3 axis or 3D surfacing operation.

    The full 4 or 5 axis option allows programming to use the machine it's fullest capability


    IMO, your price to hunt for is for Mill level 3 with SOLIDS, that is if you don't have a 4th axis,. It can be added on later if your capability changes.

    PS- also investigate the possibilities of Mastercam for Solidworks, You must also have purchased Solidworks beforehand. This mastercam does NOT have all the same functionality as a full blown Mastercam version

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    I have Mcam X6 Mill level 3 Lathe level 2 Solids and I have 15,000 vested.

    If you just want Mill with 3d options I would say around 10,000 to 13,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    Learn what is available HERE at CNC Solutions for milling

    you have choice of :
    Mill Level 1
    Mill Level 2
    Mill Level 3
    MultiAxis
    ---- add-ons to any of these levels can be "SOLIDS" & "FULL 4 and 5 AXIS MACHINING"


    If you are doing molds etc, by ustilizing surface machining, then Mill level 3 would be the starting point.

    You can use a 3rd party CAD to create your solid models, but that can (at times) be a *****.
    If you don't have SOLIDS, then you cannot move, modify, create anything within Mastercam

    Multiaxis is for programming rotary movement. using the rotary axes for (3+1 or 3+2) positioning only.
    ie rotate to an angle then run a 3 axis or 3D surfacing operation.

    The full 4 or 5 axis option allows programming to use the machine it's fullest capability


    IMO, your price to hunt for is for Mill level 3 with SOLIDS, that is if you don't have a 4th axis,. It can be added on later if your capability changes.

    PS- also investigate the possibilities of Mastercam for Solidworks, You must also have purchased Solidworks beforehand. This mastercam does NOT have all the same functionality as a full blown Mastercam version
    THANKS FOR THE AD.
    THE QUESTION WAS HOW MUCH????????

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    I thought you knew. The price of MasterCam is negotiable. The resellers do have a minimum they have to charge to break even. But that price is never, ever to be published. After that it becomes a game whose vise grip pliers can squeeze whose nads the hardest. The resellers have bigger pliers in almost all cases. ROFLMBO

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    Quote Originally Posted by txcncman View Post
    I thought you knew. The price of MasterCam is negotiable. The resellers do have a minimum they have to charge to break even. But that price is never, ever to be published. After that it becomes a game whose vise grip pliers can squeeze whose nads the hardest. The resellers have bigger pliers in almost all cases. ROFLMBO
    ....
    Which is precisely why I responded as I did.
    The negotiable nature of the product turns the resellers into nothing more than used car salesmen.

    If you pay more, do you get a better quality of tech support? Extra C-hooks? A free extra dongle with every purchase of 4 seats?

    My situation got me a very good price, and I can't say enough good things about my reseller... BUT..... If yours is a dick? Why should you get any less than what anyone else gets?

    /grousing off

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    Quote Originally Posted by fizzissist View Post
    THANKS FOR THE AD.
    THE QUESTION WAS HOW MUCH????????
    This was NOT an ad. & why the attack...you're NOT the person asking for the info. You have been around for a fair time, hung out in this arena to know how it all works.

    You have to know what it is, that you need to ask for....
    The OP more or less asked...How much is a car?
    -- without knowing what he wants to do with it.


    - knock out a deal, have training, posts, support etc all written & locked into a contract. So that all parties meet their obligations - if any part of the deal is not completed ( by a set timeframe) to the other's satisfaction, then there is the avenue of voiding the contract & receiving a refund on the original outlay.

    You can go and spend $35K, get all the bells & whistles, and be totally dis-satisfied that being a newbie that you have just been taken to the cleaners. Or get the most basic Mill level 1 for $10K, & be just as pissed off that you still have to fork out more $$$ just to be able to do a toolpath on a solid surface. ( prices are guestimates )

    I didn't give prices that were applicable to my part of the globe ( I'm an ocean away & use a different currency ). I'd guess that the U.S. would have the lowest prices, I heard that Canada also has a big markup. So I deliberately did not give any costing for those reasons.

    Fizz - How come that you didn't put up the prices ??
    - you probably have more accurate costings than anybody else

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    The original post was:
    "Can anyone tell me the current cost of MasterCam for a 3 axis license?
    I heard there may be different levels of 3 axis, so I think I would want the best/most advanced level for cutting surfaces / molds / dies etc.
    Location is Michigan if it matters....
    Thanks!"


    Your response was:
    "Learn what is available HERE at CNC Solutions for milling... etc.."
    ---Little doubt he's already been there, seen that, looked for prices

    He said 3 axis. He said surfaces / molds / dies etc. He said Michigan (which you say matters).

    You ultimately said: "IMO, your price to hunt for is for Mill level 3 with SOLIDS"

    I've been around long enough to have seen time and time again people asking how much and not getting a firm answer from a "reseller". That said, I'll ask... since you were offended by my not being the original inquirer...

    How much is a single commercial seat of Mill Level 3 with Solids in Michigan for X6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpectraBrad View Post
    I have Mcam X6 Mill level 3 Lathe level 2 Solids and I have 15,000 vested.

    If you just want Mill with 3d options I would say around 10,000 to 13,000


    Thanks for the input guys, it is helpfull to learn about the options, the whole process can be daunting, and in my case the reseller may or may not have told me I didn't need the full blown solid modeling options etc. I don't remember actually. It is hard to get everything straight while trying to figure out if a product is going to work for you or not. Anyways, it really helped me to learn that I might be able to strip off some of the cad functions as I really do not need them. And based on the price above I am being quoted something way more than I need, I am being hit up for 18,500 I believe but that included the first years maintenance....

    Thanks for the help, if anyone else has any specific numbers please share!

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    I do have the numbers here for Cali but Sorry I am not allowed to post it on line.
    Enough said.
    (Note: The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not necessarily those of CNCzone and its management)
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    I purchase X6 earlier this year. Mill level 1 with solids.

    Mill level 1 > $6,195
    20% discount -$1,239 (advertised "limited-time" offer)
    Solids > $1,150
    Shipping = $20
    Tax = $442.69
    Total = $6,568.69

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    Just ordered Mill level 3 + solids + Multi axis + Sim multi + 5 days training.
    All the nuts and bolts.
    £13K

    Just to clear things up.
    Thats a UK price.
    http://bit.ly/UJnZjK

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