Open Mind Technologies has introduced the hyperMILL 2023 CAD/CAM software suite.
The new suite offers more powerful and simplified NC programming in applications ranging from 2.5D machining to 5-axis milling, the company says.
“We are pleased to introduce hyperMILL 2023 to provide our customers with new, powerful CAD/CAM programming strategies, in addition to a wide range of enhancements – all designed to simplify and accelerate programming, improving the user experience,” said Alan Levine, managing director of Open Mind Technologies USA.
hyperMILL 2023 has a new General Transformation Pattern feature that enables one-click programming of recurring shapes. The feature uses a selected reference geometry and searches for the same reference in all other models regardless of spatial orientation, creating a general transformation pattern including associated frames. This is useful when there are multiple components.
A new 2.5D Back Boring machining strategy enables back boring tasks to be programmed on machines with different kinematics conveniently and easily. Toolholders and inserts, as well as monobloc tools, are displayed one-to-one in the virtual machine and checked for collisions.
The new suite offers an enhanced milling surface extension for “3D Z-Level Shape Finishing” and “3D Profile Finishing” strategies. Users can protect sharp edges and divide up machining areas, especially useful for creating high-quality surfaces in tool and mouldmaking when combined with a “Smooth Overlap” feature.
A new “Smooth Overlap” Mill-Turn capability is available for optimizing finishing paths in turning. This function optimizes transitions when multiple tools or orientations are required for machining, and approach/ retract macros can be used normally.
For more flexible, simplified programming of free-form tools, groove plunging with free tool geometry has been enhanced, as all tool geometries can now be used for any type of workpiece contour when roughing. These same tool setting options, approach and retract macros are also available for standard tools.
With the introduction of hyperMILL 2023, the NC Optimizer feature in the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining strategy now optimizes fixed rotary and parallel axes by automatically locating a kinematically correct and collision-free solution. This eliminates the need to manually interact with the axes.