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    Some real basic (stupid) questions about Mastercam issues

    Hello,

    I am struggling through tutorials and experiments but have a few real basic questions.
    Maybe someone here has the answers?

    1) When I use the Wireframe Tab and create a rectangle with that: Why then can I not extrude this rectangle? It is always "Thickening operation failed"

    2) If I create a solid block with the block option and then try and do a profile along it's side, I cannot get it to do any 2D contour depth cuts or anything as the edges are not selectable. But If I select the whole side surface, the routing path does not work as expected and want to start at the bottom and work upwards, in effect crashing the tool.

    3) If I import a .step file from Solidworks, with a part in it, none of the part seems to be recognised as "toolpathable". Whilst I can select the edges and stuff, it just does seem to want to do anything useful with them. How do I convert a step file into something usable in Mastercam?



    So far, the only thing that I can get to work is if I draw the rectangle from separate splines. It can then be extruded, cut etc.

    Regards
    Bernt

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    Re: Some real basic (stupid) questions about Mastercam issues

    What version of Mastercam are you using?

    (I am struggling through tutorials) were are getting these tutorials from a book or online videos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cadcam View Post
    What version of Mastercam are you using?

    (I am struggling through tutorials) were are getting these tutorials from a book or online videos?
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    I used videos and some pdfs.
    It still does not work any better.

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    Re: Some real basic (stupid) questions about Mastercam issues

    Ok so an older MC but a good one.You used training videos from were. were they showing properly how to use the tools. Sounds like not.

    Now if you create a rectangle from the top plane and then go into Solids and do extrude and give it only a positive value based on the arrow direction you should get a result.

    As for the contour issues are you sure it is a solid and not a surface model? and are you trying to use wire selection as it is the default in that version instead of solid selection?
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