TopSolid Cam 7 Vs MasterCam & Esprit

In all of the years that I have spent working with various cad and cam software’s, I have always tried my best to be as efficient as I could be while using these products. Sometimes being efficient meant that we had to change either our approach or the products that we used…or both.

Often times, change is required in order for real progress to be made.

Typically when I write a blog post, I focus on what our products can do to help you make the changes that YOU need to make.

I may, from time to time, hint at how TopSolid is stronger than various products. In this post, hinting is over. I am going to show you a direct comparison between MasterCam, Esprit and TopSolid 7.

The video showing MasterCam and Esprit was done by one of their resellers. It was put together to show the difference between the two software’s with regards to how they both work with stock models. It is a lengthy video as part of it shows Mastercam X6 and the other Esprit 2012. It is worth watching as it really shows the steps it takes to work with stock models in each of these software’s.

The next video shows how TopSolid 7 deals with stock models. To be fair I did a similar comparison by recreating (roughly) the same part that was shown in the MasterCam and Esprit demonstrations. What you will find is that TopSolid 7 is clearly the champion when it comes to working with stock models and stock conditions. Here are just some of the key differences that we could see.

In both MasterCam and Esprit, even though they specified a custom stock model, when they created the roughing tool path, it chooses to plunge the tool on the stock. To me this makes zero sense. When machining such a simple part as this the tool should always plunge where there is no material. It also seemed to me that in order to calculate the rest-machining, or second roughing, that the user has to manually manage additional stock models. This takes too much time.

In TopSolid 7, you will see that all you need to do is program….that’s it. TopSolid 7 manages the rest automatically for you. And most importantly, TopSolid 7 automatically picks the good plunge points for you. And yes…they are off of the stock model where they should be.

I think from here I will let you watch the two videos and judge for yourself. Again, my point here is one of efficiency. Do you want to waste valuable time managing things manually for yourself? Or do you just want to program parts and make money?

Mastercam X6 Vs Esprit 2012

TopSolid Cam 7



Thanks for taking the time to read this post and watch these videos.  We would like to hear back from you on if you think these types of comparissons are valuable tools and if we should continue to do posts like this.  Please take the time to leave a comment below with your thoughts. Cheers!


  1. Michel says:

    The differences are not always easy to recognize, but the benefits are numerous. I had to see the videos twice.
    The challenge is who can recognize the most differences and describe them…

  2. Jon Banquer says:

    I totally agree with Michel!

    I also feel it should be made much more obvious what the differences are and I think much more focus should be put on the specific differences.

    Surfacing toolpath is often not done everyday in many machining job shops and if you don’t do something everyday you need all the help you can get.

    Jon Banquer
    San Diego, CA

  3. Bill Genc says:

    Hi Michel and Jon,

    Thanks for your feedback. I have been asked by a few sources to include another video that shows how to finish the part as well. I will see about doing that soon.

    I will see about listing more of the differences as well. I can only go off of what is shown in the videos for MasterCam and Esprit. But I will see what I can come up with.

    Thanks for the feedback!


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