Open Mind Technologies’ latest hyperMILL 2021.2 CAD/CAM software suite offers innovative features for efficient, user-friendly machining in applications ranging from 2.5D to 5 axis.
Resulting in simplified programming and increased process reliability, the NC code-based machine simulation has also been enhanced. Within the Virtual Machining Optimizer module, the cutter is able to remain close to the workpiece, violations of the axis limitations are now detected and movement sequences are optimized accordingly. There is also a new option to apply a special approach and retract strategy to machines where the cutting tool can be retracted into a tunnel.
A new additive manufacturing Weave Mode generates a toolpath in a wave-shaped or zigzag movement to apply material to contours or to fill areas, allowing the application area to be widened and the thickness to be increased for the individual movement. This continuous application also improves the metallurgical properties of the applied material.
In the integrated hyperCAD-S CAD module, additional file formats for import and export have been added including SAT as standard ACIS text, and OBJ and 3MF for importing mesh data. Also, electrode creation has been improved via the optimized selection of the raw material. To support EDM machining, the hyperCAD-S Electrode Converter can now be used to create import files for several EDM machines such as Exeron, Zimmer & Kreim and OPS-Ingersoll.
For increased quality and ease of use, enhancements to some CAM cycles are offered in hyperMILL 2021.2 such as 3D and 5 axis Equidistant Finishing capabilities that define the milling area by selecting bounding curves so that individual areas on a surface model can be targeted. With 3D ISO Machining, multiple bounding curves can now be used to allow different areas to be machined in one job. In addition, 3D Z-level Shape Finishing includes several innovative features to improve machining quality, including optimized sorting of toolpath, smooth overlap at boundary, free tool geometry and trim toolpath to stock.