Mastercam for Education


The Mastercam Educational Suite puts the world’s
#1 CAM software* at your students’ fingertips.


Why is Mastercam the Choice for Education?

For more than 30 years, CNC Software, Inc. has prided itself on meeting the demanding needs of its customers by providing excellent products at affordable prices.

Mastercam has over 211,000 installations worldwide in aerospace, consumer products, energy, government/military, heavy industry, medical, mold making/tool and die, transportation, woodworking, and other industries. This means more employers are looking to hire skilled Mastercam experts than other CAM software products.

This comprehensive suite contains everything your students need to learn multiple machining methods in a single, easy-to-use program.

What makes Mastercam the most commonly chosen software the world over?

  • A remarkably easy interface has students cutting parts quickly.
  • The most robust 2- through 5-axis toolpath generation available.
  • Fully associative toolpaths are linked with your geometry. Modify any element of the design, and immediately get updated toolpaths without starting over.
  • Feature Based Machining delivers push-button 2D programming.
  • Mastercam’s CAD File Change Recognition tracks files from Mastercam or any other CAD system and will show you what’s been changed for easy toolpath updating.
  • Comprehensive insert libraries including ISCARTM, Sandvik®, Kennametal®, and Valenite®.
  • See the part as it will come off the machine with solid-model toolpath verification.


The Mastercam Educational Suite combines our core products into one package for schools at a deeply discounted price.

* Source: CIMdata, Inc.


Our powerful software can run almost any CNC machine. General 2- and 3-axis post processors from the standard library are included with the Mastercam Educational Suite. Additional posts are available.

Data Translators

IGES, Parasolid®, SAT (ACIS solids), AutoCAD® (DXF, DWG), Autodesk® Inventor® (IPT, IAM), SOLIDWORKS® (SLDPRT, SLDASM, SLDDRW), Solid Edge®, STEP, EPS, CADL, STL, VDA, and ASCII translators all included. Also includes Mastercam Direct add-in that puts a Mastercam launcher directly in your AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, or Autodesk Inventor toolbars. With one click you can launch your current part in Mastercam, ready for programming.

Our Powerful Mastercam Runs Your Machine

·       Mills                                           •     Plasma Cutters     ·       Lathes                                       •     Water Jets

·       Routers                                     •     Lasers                      ·       Wire EDMs                              •     3D Printers


Mastercam Design

Model in wireframe, surfaces, and solids. Mastercam’s streamlined CAD engine makes design work easier than ever before. Each piece of geometry you create is live, letting you quickly modify it until it’s exactly what you want.

Mastercam Solids 

Solid modeling is transforming the way parts are designed. Now you can bring that power right into your school. Mastercam Solids gives you the speed of solids, the power of surfaces, and the simplicity of wireframe. You choose the right tool for the right job.


Mastercam Mill

Our highest level of Mill allows students to machine everything from basic pockets and contours to complex 3D models with 4-axis control.

  • High Speed Toolpaths (HST)
  • Dynamic Constant Engagement Toolpaths
  • Feature Based Machining (FBM)
  • OptiRough
  • Engrave toolpaths
  • Rotary 4-axis


Mastercam Lathe

Easy roughing, finishing, threading, grooving, boring, drilling, and cutoff ensures that you’re ready for any job. Includes variable and dynamic roughing, complete threading, and live tooling for B, C, and Y axes. Along with Mastercam Mill, allows for mill/turn applications.

Wire EDM Mastercam Wire

Fully associative EDM programming. Mastercam Wire has complete 2- and 4-axis wirepath creation, advanced synchronization capabilities, automatic corner filleting and skim cut definition, and easy tab creation and management.


Mastercam Router

Our top-level Router software is the best possible foundation for fast and efficient routing. It includes full 3-axis machining and design including easy associative multisurface roughing and finishing, cleanup machining to reduce final hand work, onion skin, tab control, optimized nesting and block drilling, and highly specialized toolpaths like 5-axis trimming.

Multiaxis (Add-On)

For schools that go above and beyond 3-axis machining. Program your 5-axis CNC machine using one of the many multiaxis toolpaths found in Mastercam Multiaxis. Whether it’s a table-table trunion, tilt head, or a combination of both, Mastercam is the right choice.






Art (Add-On)

Add artistic flair to conventional CAD/CAM in a simple process. Your students can quickly bring their sketches, clip art, photos, and CAD files to life by crafting them on screen and cutting them with easy, specialized toolpaths. Students can visually adjust their model, delivering the exact 3D look they imagined.

Productivity+TM (Add-On)

This fully integrated version of Renishaw’s Productivity+ probing and inspection utility automates part setup including tool length offsetting, fixture alignment, and more. The in-process inspection process checks sizes and can adjust offsets and recut incorrect features. It can even check for tool breakage during unattended machining.

QuickPart (Standalone)

A motivational step-by-step approach that guides students through the CAD/CAM/CNC process. Students create their own designs and cut parts from day one, learning applicable terminology, principles, and processes while using industry leading software. This is the perfect software to whet the appetites of potential and beginning students. Can also be used in conjunction with 3D printers.

Mastercam® for SOLIDWORKS® Educational Combo (Standalone)

Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS combines the world’s leading modeling software with the world’s most widely-used CAM software. Program your parts directly in SOLIDWORKS, then apply the toolpaths you know and love from the Mastercam Educational Suite and machine your part – all without leaving SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS users will feel at ease with the Mastercam machining tree which delivers quick access to any point in the machining process.

The Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS Educational Combo includes the most sought-after cutting strategies for both milling and turning, including High Speed Toolpaths (HST). In addition, Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS delivers a powerful set of automated toolpaths that get parts off the machine faster, with little or no handwork.

Multiaxis is available as an add-on to the Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS Educational Combo. If you have 4- or 5-axis, this add-on is just what you need




When students learn Mastercam, they’re learning the industry’s software of choice. This special section highlights some of the cutting-edge technology that makes Mastercam the top CAM software worldwide.

Dynamic Motion Technology

Cycle time and tool wear are shops’ constant concerns. Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion is designed to improve both of these with a single powerful technique.

Dynamic Motion creates a constantly adapting toolpath with consistent cutting conditions providing smoother, safer motion. This motion is easier on your machine and can effectively use the full flute length, greatly extending cutter life and often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. Optimized cut ordering, specialized motion to keep the tool down, and other elements combine to deliver parts faster than ever before.

High Speed Machining

High Speed Machining (HSM) is a powerful cutting method that combines high feed rates with high spindle speeds, specific tools, and specialized tool motions aimed at producing ultrasmooth movement and cutting action. HSM can deliver faster turnaround and a superior finish. Mastercam includes HSM toolpaths designed to help you make the most of this strategy. Best of all, you don’t need a dedicated high speed machine to use HSM—any machine can benefit from this powerful technique.

Feed Rate Optimization

Mastercam also delivers another powerful way to get the most out of your machines. As every shop owner knows, running an entire job at a single feed rate reduces efficiency. Running the same job at varying optimal feed rates can save time and money, and reduce tool wear. Our Feed Rate Optimization feature enhances any 2-axis or 3-axis toolpath based on the volume of material being removed and machine tool limitations; more material and the cutter moves slower, less material and the cutter moves faster. Feed Rate Optimization will also automatically ease the tool in and out of corners. The result is efficient, varied feed rates tailored to each job.

Optimized Roughing

Mastercam’s suite of innovative, fast roughing toolpaths— OptiCore, OptiArea, and OptiRest—are all designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using concepts from our popular dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part in dramatically less time—as much as 60% faster or more. Like our dynamic milling toolpaths, these roughing techniques promote longer tool life.


When instructors choose the best CAM software for their students, they choose Mastercam.

The Software That Gets the Jobs

For the past 20 years, CIMdata, Inc. has reported that Mastercam is the most widely installed CAM software in industry worldwide. That means that when employers are looking for fresh prospects, they’re looking for Mastercam expertise. Why train students on any CAD/CAM software other than the one that puts students on the path to financially and personally rewarding careers?

Dedicated to Education

Our dedication to the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals and the future of manufacturing is clear. With Mastercam used everywhere from middle schools through top universities, we understand the unique needs of schools and strive to provide instructors with the support they need to deliver outstanding programs.

The Community

The Mastercam community includes your Mastercam Educational Division, your local educational Reseller, our global network of partners, and, of course, the numerous and widely varied users. Our software partners offer highly specialized add-on CAD/CAM functionality and numerous training resources. You also have access to an extensive online community that includes a Mastercam users’forum for quick answers and tips, as well as a presence on popular social networking sites including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for news on the latest advancements. No matter where you are or what time of day you need help, there is often someone available in the #MastercamFamily to lend you a hand or offer valuable advice.

Service and Support

Your Mastercam investment is backed by the most knowledgeable and dedicated support network in the industry. Our dedicated educational team understands the unique needs of educational users and strives to help your program succeed. Together with our network of experienced and dedicated Mastercam Educational Resellers, we are able to provide you with the support you deserve—from technical support to advice on how to make your program the best it can be. And this support comes in the form of local experts with the know-how to help you get the most out of Mastercam.

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