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Moving and copying items in Toolpath Manager mastercam

Machine groups, toolpath groups, subgroups, and operations can all be copied or moved into different positions in Toolpath Manager. You can move items within the list by dragging and dropping. You can copy items and paste them into other positions by using the Copy and Paste choices in the right-click menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut keys for copy [Ctrl+C] and paste [Ctrl+V].

Items that are moved or copied from one machine group to another will take on the properties of the new machine group. If the operations within the group being moved or copied are not compatible with the machine setup for the group that is “accepting” the copy/move, you will be prompted to either cancel the copy/move or accept Mastercam’s attempt to modify the operation to fit the machine definition.

As each operation is moved or copied, Mastercam evaluates it for compatibility with the machine definition of the group you are copying/moving into. Mastercam copies/moves operations taking the following compatibility criteria into account:

Not compatible

If an operation that you are copying or moving is not at all compatible with the machine setup for the group in which you are placing it, the copy/move will not be allowed. A dialog will open stating that incompatible operations will be modified or dropped from the selection. If you choose OK, operations that are not at all compatible will not be moved or copied.

For example, this could happen if you select a 5 axis mill and create 5 axis toolpaths, then attempt to copy or move the operation to a 3 axis mill machine group.

Compatible, but requires change

If an operation that you are copying or moving is not completely compatible with the machine setup for the group in which you are placing it, but Mastercam can reconcile the incompatibility, the copy/move will be allowed. A dialog will open stating that incompatible operations will be modified or dropped from the selection. If you choose OK, Mastercam will modify the operation to fit the machine group properties.

For example, this type of compatibility would occur if you create a contour operation using a machine definition that supports using cutter compensation in the control definition then change the machine definition to one with a control that does not support cutter compensation. You can let Mastercam automatically replace the machine definition with one that is compatible and modify one or more operations as necessary.

If you choose to have Mastercam modify an operation, you can select the Details button on the warning dialog box to preview the changes Mastercam will make to the operations. After Mastercam modifies an operation, you may need to regenerate.

If you do not allow Mastercam to make the changes, the operation will be moved/copied and its status will remain dirty. You must then manually correct the problem before regenerating the toolpath.

Fully compatible

If an operation that you are copying or moving is fully compatible with the machine setup for the group in which you are placing it, the operation will be moved/copied without interruption. The toolpath status will remain clean and no regeneration is necessary.

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