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Course Description

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Manufacturing: Advanced Manufacturing - MFG 106

Basic Mastercam

3 Credit Hours
2 Lecture Hours
2 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

Students will further their CNC skills by using a CAD/CAM Mastercam software to generate CNC coding for mills and lathes. Using Mastercam involves three steps: First, the student will use Mastercam's CAD program to create the part geometry; secondly, the CAM program will be used to program machine information (feed rate, spindle speed, coolant control command, etc.); and finally, a postprocessor will be used to generate CNC coding. Also, tool paths will be verified by using a graphical (animation) solid-model tool path verification to detect potential machining errors. The students will also study drilling, solid modeling, pocketing and circle boring.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Draw using Mastercam software to create basic 2-D part geometries.
  • Draw using Mastercam software to create basic 3-D part geometries.
  • Modify existing geometric entities.
  • Apply holes to a part geometry.
  • Explore the structure of the toolpath manager.
  • Demonstrate a toolpath for machining work pieces in 2-D plane models.
  • Demonstrate the use of tool library.
  • Modify tools in the tool parameters.
  • Modify a contour toolpath to add roughing cuts and a finish pass.
  • Demonstrate the backplot to verify the toolpath.
  • Provide the processing steps required to generate CNC codes in Mastercam for mills and lathes.
  • Demonstrate the posting process for different CNC machines.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2021; MANUFACTURING; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/30/2021

 106545056Basic MastercamMEC3Schaffrath M12/12/0Open$168.00R  05:00 PM-08:54 PM MEC300

Winter; 2021; MANUFACTURING; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 106515055Basic MastercamMEC3Schaffrath M9/12/0Open$165.00R  05:00 PM-08:54 PM MEC320

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday