OPEN MIND Technologies AG focused on cutting corners with its latest version of hyperMILL CAD/CAM software, adding key new automation and additive manufacturing strategies along with powerful 3D and five axis machining enhancements.
For rest material machining, new Corner Rest Machining strategies for 3D and five axis techniques for mold and die. Corners can be machined largely by vertical stroking motions before traditional z-level steps blend with the vertical section and the lower floor area. The top section has an automatic surface extension to enable the production of sharp edges.
A new five axis Blade Tangent Milling strategy increases efficiency and improves surface quality when milling with conical barrel cutters that have a large primary angle.
Programming is simplified within the Mill-Turn module by a new Automatic Contour Feature Splitting capability, automatically determining the area to be machined based on the turning contour. The grooving job will automatically recognize if a contour is a groove, making it faster and easier to program certain areas.
The software supports 3D printing/additive processes and provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive manufacturing and subtractive machining on one machine tool, offering flexible strategies for additive material applications, including filling strategies for both planes and free-form shapes, and in 2D and 3D sections. Applications also include hybrid machining to fix damaged parts and additive machining of an existing component.
The roughing process offers improved area sorting, resulting in fewer retractions and improved collision checking. In addition, two new user-friendly functions are now available in 3D Profile Finishing including automatic face extension and free tool geometry. Automatic face extension can be used during programming to extend the circumference of selected milling surfaces, eliminating the need to modify the milling faces in the CAD system beforehand. Free tool geometry enables the use of any tool type for highly detailed programming and collision control.