You no longer need a separate software package for CNC Swiss machines — something programmers and machinists appreciate. Give your shop the convenience and precision of Mastercam Swiss Machining Solutions for gang-style machines and select gang-turret and B-axis machines.
Our Swiss Solutions combine Mastercam Mill and Mastercam Lathe, with an optimized post processor to give you a reliable set of tools to program parts for your Swiss machines—exactly how you need them.
- This bundle of technology delivers precision G-code and the flexibility to standardize your shop with a single software package to program a wide variety of Swiss machines.
- Provides enhanced POCO (Pick-Off Cut-Off) strategy.
- Includes multi-stream NC program viewing.
- Customized Swiss posting options allow for more accurate G-code programming.
- Integrated CAD for CAM provides a powerful set of tools for creating and manipulating wireframe, surfaces, STL, and solids data.
Programming in the Lathe product provides easy roughing, grooving, threading, parting, drilling, boring, and tapping. You can also perform milling operations with Mastercam’s proven toolpaths such as Contour, Drill, Dynamic Motion, OptiRough, Pocket, and Project for increased productivity. Mastercam Lathe also delivers a set of C-axis programming, with greatly expanded options when combined with Mastercam Mill, such as face contour and drilling, and cross contour and drilling.
More people use Mastercam than any other CAM software. From CAD inception to the creation of a final machined part, Mastercam is designed as a comprehensive solution for manufacturing efficiency.
- Easily add machine options and custom code to post output
- Use existing Mastercam Mill or Mastercam Lathe knowledge to quickly produce Swiss programs
- Maintain program uniformity throughout your shop
- Intelligent, stock-aware toolpaths
- Robust 3D solids and surface machining
- Complete tool library and custom tool support
- Flexibility to swap programmed part to different machine makes and models
Learn how our Swiss machining solutions can help solve your manufacturing challenges.
You are provided with customized parameters directly within Mastercam for lathe stock advance, specific machine setup parameters, expandable custom machine options, and user-specified options.
Machine any job with the combined power of C- and Y-axis machining.
Multi-Stream Program Viewing with Sync Codes
Mastercam Swiss Solutions deliver a simple and effective way to get clean, proven G-code.
Open any CAD file in Mastercam to access modeling and prep tools for CAM programmers to get parts on and off machines quickly.
Our Mastercam Resellers bring years of practical experience specific to various regions, manufacturing goals, and language requirements worldwide, to ensure that as a Mastercam user, you always have the support you need to get the most out of your CAD/CAM investment.
Extend tool life with proprietary toolpath strategies that maximize material removal rate and reduce cycle times.
See the table below for minimum and recommended system configurations for Mastercam. These recommendations are based on systems we have in use at CNC Software for testing and evaluation purposes. Our recommendation is to get as much power (processor, video card, and memory) for your systems as you can afford.
|Windows 10 or Windows 11 64-bit Professional
|Windows 10 (version 20H2 or later) 64-bit Professional
|Intel® or AMD 64-bit processor, 2.4 GHz or faster
|Intel i7 or Xeon® E3, Kaby Lake or later, 3.2GHz or faster
|OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support with 1 GB memory. No onboard graphics.
|NVIDIA Quadro® or AMD FirePro™ / Radeon Pro card with 4 GB (or higher) dedicated memory.
|1920 * 1080 resolution
|1920 * 1080 resolution, dual monitors
|Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least 20 GB free and a USB 2.0 reader (for installation media)
|NVMe Drive with at least 20GB free
|3Dconnexion 3D mouse
Connection to Internet and email is recommended for installation, support, and updates.
CNC Software continues to review the operating system (OS) requirements for Mastercam with a goal of providing the best possible user experience for our customers.
We recommend using Windows 10 (version 20H2 or later) or later 64-bit Professional editions. While Mastercam may run on other Windows editions (such as Home Edition) or virtual environments (such as Parallels for Mac), it has not been tested on these configurations and is therefore not supported.
Mastercam 2021 was the last release to officially support Windows 7 as Microsoft ended extended support for the OS in January 2020. Mastercam 2022 will install on Windows 7 systems but will not be supported. Future versions of Mastercam will not install on Windows 7.
The processor speed will impact how fast the software will calculate and complete tasks. With each release, more and more aspects of Mastercam are becoming multi-core processor aware. Toolpath calculation and Simulation will generally run faster with a multi-core processor. We typically see a 50% reduction in toolpath calculation time with the latest Intel i7 or Xeon processors.
When Mastercam uses all available RAM, it switches to using virtual memory space, which is stored on the hard drive and will dramatically slow the system down. We recommend a minimum of 8 GB of memory. For large toolpath generation and simulation, we recommend 32GB of RAM.
When purchasing a new computer for Mastercam, one of the most important component is the video card.
We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro® or AMD FirePro™ / Radeon Pro card with 4GB or more of memory. Other graphics cards can be used, but they must offer full OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support. OpenCL is required for Mastercam to be able to hand off certain computation tasks to the graphics card to increase system performance.
We do not recommend or support the use of onboard graphics found with some PC configurations. These do not generally have the capability to drive graphics intensive applications such as Mastercam and can lead to system instability.
Make sure you are using up-to-date drivers from your card manufacturer. We often see issues that are resolved with updated video drivers. The driver version can have a great impact on how the card performs.
The latest drivers for NVIDIA and AMD can be found at the online links. We recommend using the automatic detect feature to detect which video card is installed. More information on configuring the graphics card can be found at this Mastercam knowledge base article.
Most of our internal systems utilize dual monitors and we find this to be a more productive setup. Mastercam displays on the primary monitor while applications such as Mastercam Simulator, Code Expert, or Tool Manager display on the secondary monitor.
The minimum recommended resolution for the primary display is 1920 * 1080 resolution typical of widescreen monitors available today. Mastercam will run on lower resolution screens but beware of potential sizing issues with larger dialog boxes and panels which may be awkward to work with. Lower resolution monitors may work fine as a second monitor in a dual screen setup.
Mastercam will run on large format displays, including 4K monitors and high-DPI devices however, we do experience some display issues with these configurations.
We have found that one of the best computer upgrades is to invest in a NVMe drive. These drives are now priced at a point which makes them a good investment. Many of our test systems employ a smaller primary NVMe drive for the OS and installed applications with a second large capacity conventional drive for data.
A 3D mouse improves the way you interact with your 3D application. It is designed to be used by your non-dominant hand in tandem with a standard mouse for a balanced and cooperative work style. You gently manipulate the 3D mouse’s controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D content while your standard mouse is free to select menu items or parts of the model. Additional technical and purchase information can be found on the 3Dconnexion website.
Most computers today have some kind of anti-virus software to protect from unwanted malware. In some cases, these have been found to interfere with applications such as Mastercam which are running on the computer. CNC Software does not recommend specific anti-virus products, but if you see unexpected issues, it may be a conflict with anti-virus software. Try temporarily disabling the anti-virus software or setting an exception for Mastercam.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Swiss machining?
Swiss machining is a specialized type of CNC machining that utilizes a sliding headstock, collet, and guide bushing. This enables machining of very accurate and sometimes very small parts, due to how close the cutting tool is located to the cutting portion of the material, typically less than 3mm away. The close proximity of tool tip to stock allows for very fast and accurate cycle times.
What is Swiss CNC machine?
A Swiss CNC machine combines a sliding headstock (material moves) and a combination of turning and milling Tools. Both static and live tools can be found on Swiss CNC machines. They are capable of drilling, threading, grooving, gear hobbing, thread whirling, slitting saws, broaching, and other forms of metal removal. The proximity of tool tip to stock allows for very fast and accurate cycle times.
What is a Swiss machinist?
A swiss machinist is a skilled worker who specialized in operating Swiss CNC machines. Swiss machinists should have good working knowledge of multitasking machines and part-specific processes. These skilled workers must be proficient in both milling and turning operations and typically have a creative, “think outside the box” mentality.
What is a Swiss-type lathe?
A Swiss-type lathe is a Swiss CNC machine combining a sliding headstock (material moves) and a combination of turning and milling tools. Both static and live tools can be found on a Swiss-type lathe. They are capable of drilling, threading, grooving, gear hobbing, thread whirling, slitting saws, broaching, and other forms of metal removal. The close proximity of tool tip to stock allows for very fast and accurate cycle times.
How does a Swiss turning center differ from a conventional turning center?
A conventional CNC turning center typically moves turret-mounted tools or a B-axis head toward the stationary stock, whereas a Swiss-type turning center moves the sliding stock into stationary tools. That being said, many Swiss turning centers have the ability to do both types of machining, with turrets and B-axis heads, making Swiss-type machines very versatile.