hyperMILL Update Offers Expanded Finishing Capabilities
Staff posted on February 05, 2019 |
Conical barrel cutter: finish prismatic fillets with a high feed rate. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies AG.)
Conical barrel cutter: finish prismatic fillets with a high feed rate. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies AG.)
OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a developer of CAD/CAM software solutions, has introduced hyperMILL 2019.1, a new version of its CAD/CAM software suite. According to the company, hyperMILL 2019.1 has a range of new features and enhancements including an expanded Finishing Module in the hyperMILL MAXX Machining Performance Package, process optimizations such as a new thread milling module, a new function for reducing calculation times, tool database flexibility and CAD optimization.

“We’re very pleased to launch 2019.1 hyperMILL,” said Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. “We have expanded functions that offer even further improvements for cycle time reductions, higher surface finish quality, increased user convenience and more, keeping the hyperMILL suite at the forefront of CAM technology.”


5-Axis Prismatic Fillet Finishing

The new 5-axis Prismatic fillet finishing function in hyperMILL MAXX machining enables the geometry and automatic inclination of barrel cutters to be applied similar to high feed cutters, using a plunging and pulling movement at high feed rates. Maximum performance is attainable using conical barrel cutters (also known as arc segment or circle segment end mills). Ball or bull nose end mills can also be efficiently utilized with this milling strategy.


Improved Surface Finish

hyperMILL 2019 high precision surface finishing mode (right) compared to conventional mode on left. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies AG.)
hyperMILL 2019 high precision surface finishing mode (right) compared to conventional mode on left. (Image courtesy of OPEN MIND Technologies AG.)
The Profile Milling technique in 2019.1 has a new option that greatly improves the quality of machined surfaces. Traditional CAM software processing uses a close-approximation mesh surface for machining calculations.  A benefit of the mesh approach is to standardize CAM processing, even in cases when the design model has imperfections. OPEN MIND has implemented new techniques in hyperMILL 2019.1 for machining directly to the model surface, which has substantially improved surface finishes.


Enhanced Process Optimizations

Among the process improvements in 2019.1, the totally updated Thread Milling module is very easy to program and supports a large number of thread milling types, while simplifying selection and milling direction options.

Also new to 2019.1 is the elimination of cycle recalculation requirements, improving processing speed. Recalculation cycles are no longer required when job I.D. numbers are changed or when fixture positions change. In addition, for improved tool management users now have the option to individually expand the tool database in hyperMILL 2019.1, allowing the ability to store order numbers, pricing and tool life detail.


CAD Optimized for CAM

hyperCAD-S in the 2019.1 suite, which is specially optimized for CAM requirements, now includes polyline management, enabling CAD functions such as lengthening or shortening to be applied by the polylines element type. Polylines can also be machined similar to all other elements, with trim, join, orient or select. See related videos for comprehensive details on the new functions in hyperCAD-S.

For more information on hyperMILL, check out hyperMILL Update Aims for Greater Machining Efficiency.

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