hyperMILL Showcase Set for CIMT in China
Andrew Wheeler posted on March 16, 2017 | 3950 views

Next month in Beijing at the China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT), an international machine tool exhibition, CAD/CAM software maker OPEN MIND Technologies will showcase the latest version of its CAM software hyperMILL.

The software is aimed at making machining operations like high performance cutting (HPC) and high speed cutting (HSC) part of a larger integrated system that will generate NC programs efficiently for simple to complex components.

The idea is this: if you can perform all of your milling operations through one software, then you'll speed up the production of parts and components from a single software that is designed to reduce time away from your workflow, including saving time with built-in strategies for drilling, finishing and roughing operations.

Finishing of Steep and Flat Surfaces

OPEN MIND developed a practice for 5-axis tangent plane machining with conical barrel cutters that it claims is 90 percent more efficient for finishing steep and flat surfaces.

An illustration showing the 5-axis tangent plane machining cuts featured in hyperMILL. The company claims that this feature reduces machining by up to 90 percent. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies.)
An illustration showing the 5-axis tangent plane machining cuts featured in hyperMILL. The company claims that this feature reduces machining by up to 90 percent. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies.)

By machining all continuous faces, the strategy also optimizes the conical barrel cutter with its special geometry for increased tool life, shorter machining times and increased production of high-quality surfaces.

An illustration of hyperMILL MAXX Machining showing the 5-axis tangent machining in action on every continuous face at the same time. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies.)
An illustration of hyperMILL MAXX Machining showing the 5-axis tangent machining in action on every continuous face at the same time. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies.)

Additionally, roughing and drilling modules are made more efficient by utilizing hyperMILL's HPC machining with trochoidal (a curve traced by a point on or connected with a circle as the circle rolls along a fixed straight line) tool movements.

hyperMILL is used by manufacturers to produce tools and molds that manufacturers and job shops utilize, as well as for production machining. The software is used by many different industrial sectors, including the aerospace and automotive industries.

The 5-axis tangent plane machining with conical barrel cutters is one way that hyperMILL differentiates itself from conventional production strategies that appreciably reduce production times. The combination of CAD interfaces within this CAM system has telling design advantages, such as allowing post-processors to let the machine and controller handle more of the overall performance.

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