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Mastercam Announces New HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X Mill Post-Processor

CNC Software, Inc., developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has released a new post-processor. The HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X MILL was developed by CNC Software's corporate post department working with the technical expertise of HEIDENHAIN CNC engineers. CNC Software's applications team, beta testers and resellers were also part of the collaborative effort to create and test the post.

This 5-axis post-processor for Mastercam Mill supports the HEIDENHAIN TNC530, TNC620 and TNC640 controls. "Its development became a priority due to a worldwide demand. All Mastercam users who have a HEIDENHAIN control will benefit from this newly developed post-processor," said a company spokesperson.

The HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X MILL post-processor includes support for the following:

  • TNC530, TNC620 and TNC640 controls
  • TCPM-TCPM (TNC640), M128 (TNC530)
  • Multiaxis machining-Rotary output, vector output
  • Drilling-CYCLE 200 (Drilling), CYCLE 205 (Universal Pecking), CYCLE 203 (Universal Drilling), CYCLE 207 (Rigid Tapping), CYCLE 202 (Boring), CYCLE 201 (Reaming)
  • Cutter comp (2D/3D)
  • Subprograms
  • Safe Retract Routine
  • Coolant (X-style)
  • Canned text
  • Manual entry
  • HSM support (CYCL DEF 32)
  • Axis clamping
  • Work offsets (CYCL DEF 247 DATUM SETTING)
  • Transform operations (No subroutine output)
  • Rotary axis limit detection.

"The development of this new 5-axis post for Mastercam 2020 and the markets that need the HEIDENHAIN TNC530, TNC620 and TNC640 controls demonstrates our commitment in fostering our relationships with HEIDENHAIN, which brings the highest productivity gains to machine tools that will use our Mastercam Mill product line," said Post Department Manager Pedro Sanchez Jr., CNC Software, Inc.

"It is cooperation like this that provides Mastercam users the opportunity to truly complement their CAM investment and give their shops the best chance at a more efficient manufacturing solution, from design to part," said the spokesperson.

Gisbert Ledvon, TNC Business Development Manager, HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, commented, "Here in the North American market, we are seeing a higher demand on high precision 5-axis machine tools equipped with the newest Mill-Turn HEIDENHAIN 640 TNC motion control systems. The collaboration with Mastercam on its post-processor optimization was critical, ensuring that our mutual customers are now able to take full advantage of all the new 5-axis TNC features when programming with Mastercam. This allows them to stay competitive in the local and global marketplace. Our team at HEIDENHAIN will continue to work closely with Mastercam to implement new features into their post-processor for the TNC640."

For more information contact:

CNC Software, Inc.

671 Old Post Road

Tolland, CT 06084



HEIDENHAIN Corporation

333 E. State Parkway

Schaumburg, IL 60173-5337


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