Mastercam 2018 is Here

Educational Solutions


“Mastercam has helped us for more than two decades with regard to both student and industry. Whether the student is a recent high school graduate or a middle-aged worker coming from another field, we use Mastercam to teach them to be trained, confident CNC programmers and machinists.” Francisco Martinez, Precision Mfg Technologies Program Head, Renton Tech

Why Choose Mastercam?


A remarkably easy interface has you cutting parts quickly.


Get the most robust toolpath generation available.


Learning tools are available to make classroom application easy.


Packaged and priced specifically for schools.


Work with the most professional, knowledgeable reseller network in the industry.

Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software worldwide* and is the program of choice among both industry and education.

From middle school, high school and technical schools to colleges and universities, everyone requires CAD/CAM software that can live up to the increasing demands of the classroom. Mastercam delivers a powerful set of industry-standard toolpaths and teaching aids to schools across the globe ranging from local extension classes to centers of higher learning:

  • Specially packaged to deliver CAD, mill, turn, router and wire EDM.
  • Educational pricing makes the software highly affordable.
  • QuickPart introductory module gets students cutting fast.
  • Wide variety of teaching aids and learning tools.
  • Students learn the world’s most widely-used CAM software.

Software that is ideal for CAD/CAM education is only one ingredient for success. A global community of Mastercam users, experts, educators and enthusiasts helps you get the most from your investment. Our Educational Division and local Mastercam Educational Resellers bring years of practical experience, helping to ensure that you’re getting what you need today, while preparing students for tomorrow.

* Source: CIMdata, Inc.



The NEW 2017 – 2018 Edu Edition is here . . .

The new bundles now include many new add-ins:

Classroom (up to 60 users)
Campus (up to 200 users)
Campus Plus (up to 500 users)
Network Site (up to 2,000 users).

  • Each of these bundles will include:
    • SOLIDWORKS® Premium Software
    • SOLIDWORKS® Simulation Premium
    • SOLIDWORKS® Motion
    • SOLIDWORKS® Routing
    • SOLIDWORKS® Flow Simulation, Electronic Cooling and HVAC
    • SOLIDWORKS® Plastics Premium
    • SOLIDWORKS® Composer
    • SOLIDWORKS® Sustainability
    • SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Professional
    • SOLIDWORKS® Design Checker
    • SOLIDWORKS® Toolbox Library
    • SOLIDWORKS® Toolbox Utilites
    • SOLIDWORKS® eDRAWINGS Professional
    • SOLIDWORKS® PhotoView  360
    • SOLIDWORKS® Visualize Professional
    • TolAnalyst
    • CircuitWorks
    • FeatureWorks
    • SOLIDWORKS Treehouse
    • SOLIDWORKS Toolbox
    • HVAC Module for SOLIDWORKS
    • Electronics Module
    • MBD Standard
    • Autotrace
    • MySOLIDWORKS Standard
    • DraftSight Premium (separate download and separate serial number)
    • FREE Student Engineering Kit – Faculty and Students Downloads (includes all of the above)
    • FREE Certification Program, which now includes CSWP
    • Access to our online educational community, plus our library of articles, tutorials, product resources, and more.


Those customers with less than a 60 User network license will be allowed to renew at those levels however many of the features listed above will not be available. If you would like to explore the option of moving up to the Classroom Bundle or higher please let us know and we will provide you with a quote.

Frank Gregorio – CT, RI, VT & (413) W.MA –

Mark O’Bryan – NH, ME & most of MA –

SOLIDWORKS Breadcrumbs

When you select an object or part or surface in the SOLIDWORKS graphics area in 2016, a new feature appears in the upper left hand corner of the area. It is “Breadcrumbs” and allows you to navigate to various context specific positions within the thread of processes that created the element selected.

For example, if you select or point your cursor, to the Breadcrumb Sketch above you will see the sketch appear on the part you have selected and can click there to access the sketch for editing.

Another example, you can select one of the “mates” displayed in the Breadcrumbs, say the Coincident mate, and see reflected in the model, the elements of the mate and, of course, access the mate for editing by selecting that Breadcrumb.

Library Load Error

Load Library Error correction

From the knowledge base:


This error relates to a faulty driver for the AMD and ATI graphics cards. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1.     Open a Windows® Explorer window and locate the file ‘atig6pxx.dll’. The default location of the file ‘C:\Windows\System32.’
2.     Right-click on the file >  ‘Rename’ > add the “.bak” file extension at the end of the file name. The new file name becomes ‘atig6pxx.dll.bak’.
3.     Close Windows Explorer and run the SOLIDWORKS® software.

If the problem persists, create a SOLIDWORKS Rx file and submit the issue to your local reseller for further technical support.\

Toolbar Reset

SOLIDWORKS – Resetting Toolbar when it has been changed.
In SOLIDWORKS, the toolbars are associated with the PART, ASSEMBLY OR DRAWING files and I have found that the best way to insure that they are “able to be reset to some default that you create” is by setting the toolbars as you would like them to be through “customize” under the “tools” dropdown menu,


and then to SAVE A TEMPLATE with a name reflecting the use of that template.



For example, I set up a template that has settings for my toolbars to be all off except for the COMMAND MANAGER with LARGE BUTTONS WITH TEXT checked,


and then use it exclusively. I also set things like the UNITS and DRAFTING STANDARD from the OPTIONS/DOCUMENT PROPERTIES to reflect my choice.


This way when I open that template my toolbars, drafting standard, and units are set and I know this by the title I give the template. This process is done by opening a blank file, let’s say a part, setting this up as you desire, then doing a “save as” and changing the “save as type” to the appropriate template type.


You also need to consider where that template is to be saved and where it is accessed from. Access is set in the OPTIONS/SYSTEM OPTIONS/FILE LOCATIONS, under “Document Templates” file location.


You can save up to 5 locations which become tabs in the “open new” file selection process on the advanced tab.


There also is a new feature in 2016 that allow you to lock the toolbars once you have them set up.


Resetting the toolbars to factory default is done by clicking the RESET TO DEFAULTS button at the bottom of the page displayed above.

One item that is not so easy is to “re-find” a lost Command Manager. The Command Manager, as all toolbars, can be “un-docked” and therefore slid to a point that is virtually out of sight. When the Command Manager is visible, but out of dock position, you “grab” it by the top blue area and then move the cursor, dragging it to one of the three docking points, top center, right center or left center and release, to re-dock it.


If it is “lost” you need to find it somewhere on the screen to relocate it. (sometimes not easy)

New Afinia H400

Say Hello to the New H400!
We’re excited to announce the newest member of the H-Series 3D Printer collection: the Afinia H400. With a 4.7″ cubic build area, the enclosed H400 3D printer fits perfectly in classrooms, homes, and offices. It also has several features that are new to the H-Series line, like WiFi connectivity, a touch screen, and power failure protection.
Of course, it still comes with the standard 1-year warranty and the lifetime phone support that our customers love.
The H400 will be available in early November. View the H400 webpage or contact us to learn more.

Copying Multiple Components in an Assembly

Copying Multiple Components
You can copy several components at a time and retain the mates between them.
In the assembly in this example, the screw and two washers are mated together, but are
three separate components (not a subassembly). You want to create another instance of
each of them and retain the mates between them.


To copy multiple components:
1. In the FeatureManager design tree, Ctrl + select or Shift + select the components
to copy.

2. Ctrl + drag the selected components and drop them in the graphics area.
New instances of the components are created. Mates that exist between the selected
components are retained between the new instances.


You can then mate  the washer to the flange in the new location.

New look to 2016 Icons

New look to 2016 Icons

You will notice a change in SOLIDWORKS 2016 in it’s interface. The icons have been simplified.

Here’s a comparison look between 2015 and 2016 versions of some samples:

2015 Command Manager – sketching


2016 Command Manager – sketching


2015 Heads up view tools


2016 Heads up view tools


2015 Feature Manager


2016 Feature Manager


Creating Planes Normal to View Orientation

Creating Planes Normal to View Orientation
You can create a reference plane parallel to the screen by setting an offset from a reference
1. Open your part and orient it so the screen view represents the plane you want to create.

parallel plane 3
2. Click Plane (Reference Geometry toolbar) or Insert > Reference Geometry >
3. In the graphics area, select a vertex on the model for First Reference .

parallel plane property

4. In the PropertyManager, under First Reference:
            a) Click Parallel to screen

Parallel to screen

  b) Set Distance to 0. (If you want it to be located offset from the vertex insert appropriate value)
5. Click the green check

green check

6. Rotate the model to see the plane created normal to the screen.

parallel plane

7. Rotate the model to see the plane from another angle.

parallel plane 2

Radial Explode


You can explode components aligned radially/cylindrically about an axis in one step.

radial explode





You can also explode radially by diverging along an axis.

radial explode 2






To radially explode components about an axis:

1. In an assembly document, click Exploded View (Assembly toolbar) or Insert >
Exploded View.  

explode icon

2. In the Explode PropertyManager, under Explode Step Type, click Radial step

radial step

3. In Settings, select the components to explode.
4. In the graphics area, drag the handle and release.
5. Click the green check.

green check