HSM Performance Pack 7 released

HSM Performance Pack 7 for Mastercam has now been released. Support for multi-core/CPU PCs has been significantly improved for most strategies to ensure much faster toolpath generation times. Likewise, the stock simulation has been updated to support multi-core/CPU for very fast stock simulation. The linking and ordering of toolpath has been improved for more smooth motion and reduced machining time.

HSM Performance Pack is seamlessly integrated in Mastercam. All primary functions are available through the HSM Performance Pack main menu.


Improved toolpath generation algorithms
The toolpath generation algorithms have been completely reimplemented to offer very fast toolpath calculation.

Support for multi-CPU and multi-core systems
Support for multi-CPU and multi-core systems when calculating a single operation. This means that the calculation time is significantly reduced when run on multi-core and multi-CPU systems. Multi-core PCs are now mainstream so all users with up to date hardware will benefit from this.

Support for Windows x64
When run under Windows x64 HSM Performance Pack can utilize all installed memory (exceeding 2Gb) in the PC for individual toolpath operations. This means that even larger jobs can be run without the need for splitting them in multiple operations.

Improved toolpath quality
The toolpath quality has been improved to allow higher feedrates and better part surface quality.

Includes the Adaptive Clearing strategy
Roughing strategy for constant cutting conditions to reduce machining time and increase tool life significantly.

Support for tight tolerances
Support for very tight tolerances to avoid facets on machined parts with very small curvatures. Tolerances below 1um are supported.

Improved rest machining from previous tool
Rest machining from previous tool has been improved to avoid unnecessary machining. Improved rest machining from previous operations. Rest material from previous operations is now calculated significantly faster.

Improved linking toolpath
New linking styles have been added and linking motion is now even more smooth.

Improved handling of vertical walls
Verticals walls are handled much better to avoid toolpath spikes at walls.

Improved feedback during toolpath calculation
Steady update of progress and current toolpath generation task. Furthermore, instant abort is supported.

Support for check surfaces
The check surface feature can be used to avoid machining of selected surfaces.

New arc fitting filter
New arc fitting filter reduces calculation significantly and allows even tighter tighter tolerances to be used.

New holder features
Automatic tool length and holder collision detection for the selected holder is now supported.

New backplot
New fast backplot for verification of large programs. Includes support for backplotting toolpath as it is generated.

New verify
Very fast solid verification with nice colorization features. This engine supports multi-core/CPUs PC to ensure very fast calculation time.

New swarf strategy
A new swarf strategy has been added.

Reduced machining time
Linking has been updated significantly for reduced machining time.