How to Use Mastercam's Post Processor for Siemens 840D CNCs
Mastercam is a powerful CAD/CAM software that allows users to create and optimize toolpaths for various CNC machines. One of the most popular CNCs in the industry is the Siemens 840D, which offers high performance and flexibility for a range of applications. Mastercam has developed a post processor for the Siemens 840D that enables users to take advantage of its features and capabilities.
A post processor is a software that converts the toolpath data from Mastercam into a format that the CNC machine can understand and execute. The post processor also handles the specific commands and parameters that are required by the CNC controller, such as spindle speed, feed rate, tool change, etc. The post processor can also customize the output code to suit the user's preferences and needs.
Mastercam's post processor for the Siemens 840D supports both 3-axis and 4-axis milling operations. Some of the features include:
CYCLE 832 support for high-speed settings, including the latest Top Surface functionality[^1^]
Drill cycles (CYCLES 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 840), with full 4-axis support[^1^]
WORKPIECE output for graphical simulation, including rotary axis blank orientations[^1^]
Tool call as tool name or tool number[^1^]
Siemens 4-axis application guide[^1^]
Optimized multiaxis toolpaths utilizing the FGROUP and FGREF commands[^2^]
Streamlined program editing with the GROUPS functionality[^2^]
To use Mastercam's post processor for the Siemens 840D, users need to contact their local authorized Mastercam Reseller[^3^]. The Reseller will provide the post processor package, which includes everything needed to get started. The package also comes with technical support from local experts. Users can also access online resources such as tutorials, videos, forums, and blogs to learn more about Mastercam and Siemens 840D.
Mastercam's post processor for the Siemens 840D is a great way to enhance the productivity and efficiency of CNC machining. By combining Mastercam's powerful toolpath generation with Siemens' advanced CNC control, users can achieve optimal results for their projects.
How to Install and Configure Mastercam's Post Processor for the Siemens 840D
After obtaining the post processor package from the Mastercam Reseller, users need to install and configure it on their computer. The installation process is simple and straightforward, and it only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to follow:
Run the installer file and follow the instructions on the screen.
Select the Mastercam version and the post processor folder where the post processor files will be copied.
Click Next and then Finish to complete the installation.
Launch Mastercam and open a part file or create a new one.
Select Machine Type from the Toolpaths tab and choose Mill.
Select Manage List from the Machine drop-down menu and click Add.
Browse to the post processor folder and select the Siemens 840D post processor file (usually named SIEMENS840D.MMD).
Click OK and then Close to save the changes.
The Siemens 840D post processor is now available in the Machine drop-down menu.
To configure the post processor settings, users need to access the Post Processor dialog box. This can be done by selecting Post from the Toolpaths tab or by right-clicking on a toolpath and choosing Edit. The Post Processor dialog box allows users to modify various parameters such as output file name, program number, tool change method, rotary axis settings, etc. Users can also view and edit the post processor code by clicking on Edit Post.
After configuring the post processor settings, users can generate the output code by selecting Post from the Toolpaths tab or by right-clicking on a toolpath and choosing Post. The output code will be displayed in a new window, where users can review it and save it as a text file. The output code can then be transferred to the Siemens 840D CNC machine via a USB drive, network connection, or other methods. 061ffe29dd